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Zan Mowat, seen with her German shepherd Boltan, is hoping the Municipality of Colchester will revise its zoning land so that she can expand her business.
TRURO – A Bible Hill businesswoman is seeking a municipal zoning change so that she can expand her services.
Yan Mowat, owner of Little Moe’s K9 Academy on Jennifer Drive, is hoping to be able to offer grooming and expanded training services at her facility but is currently hampered by a Colchester County bylaw that prevents kennel or commercial boarding of domestic animals in a municipal sewer district.
“Little Moe’s K9 Academy is now ready to grow and this means we need more space,” she told county council Thursday night.
“The additional space will allow us to offer services our clients are asking for, including grooming and limited overnight stays,” she said.
Council referred the matter to its Public Advisory Committee with a recommendation that it be dealt with in a speedy manner.
“You are, in my humble opinion, absolutely right,” Deputy Mayor Bill Masters said, of Mowat’s assertion that her expansion efforts should not be blocked by the C-1 General Commercial zoning in the area.
“If nothing else, you have certainly raised the flags that there is something wrong with our bylaws and it needs to be changed,” he said.
Coun. Christine Blair agreed.
“It’s ridiculous to say that you can’t expand your business because you are in a sewer-serviced area,” she said.
Mowat said the expansion will enable her to provide the largest indoor canine facility east of Ontario and would create a number of additional job openings.