NORTH HAVEN — Animal Haven can move forward on a building an addition dedicated to cats.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan and special permit Monday allowing the animal shelter, 89 Mill Road, to build a 1,500 square foot addition.
The nonprofit, no-kill shelter has been under construction since September. The interior was gutted and some of the rooms have been rebuilt. Spaces formerly dedicated to cats have been reconstituted and the expansion will give the cats back their space, according to Animal Haven staff.
When the commission reviewed Animal Haven’s permit and site plan request in December, they discovered Animal Haven was not in compliance with the most recent site plan from 2000. There were some missing sidewalks, fences and landscaping, as well as an outdoor area for dog meet-and-greets that had been added.
Neighbors at 81 Mill Road asked for several conditions to be applied if the commission approved the permit and site plan. Charles and Jane Solomon wanted to address long-standing issues, such as outdoor lights shining onto their property and dogs barking outside of Animal Haven’s staffed hours.
The commission approved the special permit and site plan with conditions. Animal Haven must turn away outdoor lights from the Solomons’ house, remove outdoor storage upon completion of building construction, limit dog outdoor hours to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and replace fencing, shrubs and trees along the property’s southern boarder for sound buffering.