The Hagerstown City Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance to update its Land Management Code for kennels and conversion districts.
The changes approved Tuesday will allow more flexibility for economic development, while maintaining the quality of life for residential areas, city Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher said.
The action was taken after plans were submitted to the city to open a doggy day care facility, or kennel, in a commercial district, but kennels were permitted only in industrial districts under the former code, Maher said.
In many cases, commercial districts are located near residential areas, which raised concerns for city officials.
“To let it move forward, we’ve proposed some conditions so that it could occur, but it would protect the surrounding quality of life,” Maher said.