I don’t think that I need to go into all of the problems the City of Cambridge has had with its dog parks. Suffice it to say that the City has been less than successful with its various attempts to provide a place for our four legged friends to play.
You would think that if someone came up with a viable solution the city would bend over backwards to help make it happen.
Carey Coffin came up with a solution. What she proposed was a 6000 sq ft facility on Hespeler Rd. Fully fenced, separate kennels for small, medium, and large dogs supervised at all times.
When she contacted the City of Cambridge Planning Department she was given the wrong information, which resulted in costly delays in her opening, she feels she was treated very rudely by city staff.
Carey kept notes of her dealings with this issue, this is what she wrote.
Here is a basic outline of the events that occurred and delayed our opening by Planning Services Department Building & Enforcement.
- Called June 2nd to find out if any permit would be required to build pens in a warehouse to rest dogs
- Was told they would have to research and get back to me..2 days…later Mary Kairn called back and it was deemed that we needed a permit, and the cost would be $.64 per sq.ft. based on appx 685 sq feet. Plans were needed, I stated this did not make to much sense as the pens were basically not permanent structures—this was met with a rude reply from Mary Kairn and I was told in no uncertain terms that this was how it is!
- Plans were drawn up by us and submitted June 15th2011 – appx 5 working days later it was deemed that they were not acceptable and that we would have to hire an architect. I asked if they could recommend an architect, and was told no it was up to me to find one.
- I was advised by Mary Kairn that “just because we had an architect draw up the plans that it would not matter if the building was not up to fire codes….I called my property manager found out they had just completed a 3 stage upgrade and complied to fire codes…was told what I said did not matter, that they would look into it.
- Drawings were submitted 10/07/11…by my father (72 yr old man) he was fortunate enough to speak to Tanya Gies and we then found out we needed an application filled out, I called Tanya, who actually took the time to fill it in while we were on the phone, also found out from her that NO in fact we did not need to pay per sq.ft, and that all we were after was a minor building permit, cost $92.00
- I called twice to check on the status of the permit, as we had not heard back, and was rudely told NOT to call that THEY would call me when a decision was made.
- The building permit was finally received Aug 9th, 2011, ….I called Aug 11th to set up the final inspection, It was inspected and passed Aug 16th 2011.
- Mary Kairn was rude to deal with in person and on the telephone throughout this, I did in fact complain to Tanya Gies, but it was never apparent that anything was done.
This is not the first time we have heard a complaint about new businesses having problems getting permits, in fact, Nicholas Ermeta is currently working on helping a new Water Store in his ward who is having some trouble. Perhaps something can be set up between the Small Business Centre, which is located in City Hall and the Planning Department to help as some kind of a liaison for this type of situation.
Here is a link to Carey’s site. http://www.itsadogslife-doggiedaycare.ca/
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