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Please vote No on the Proposed Amendment to Land Development Code Section 12-2-10(C)(4)(B) Historic and Preservation Land Use District; Old East Hill Preservation Zoning District: Uses Permitted; OEHC-1 neighborhood Commercial District.

Dear Pensacola City Council Members,

East Hill Animal Hospital/Pensacola Pet Resort Too is requesting a City Code change that would allow outdoor exercise areas in the city’s C-1 zoning.  While outdoor exercise areas are allowed in C-3 (light industrial) areas of Pensacola, no such zoning is permitted in our historic districts. 

Currently, this Old East Hill business is operating under a Conditional Use Permit granted in 2008 in which the owner agreed to not have outdoor exercise areas.  

The code was amended to allow this business to operate within our historic district with strict limitations in order to prevent future complications.  At the time neighbors expressed their concern that outdoor areas would create a noise nuisance-this worry has become a reality.

The goal is not to have this business move or shut down; we just want it to comply with the original agreement. 

The owner of the facility is proposing this code change because the business was found in violation of the original agreement.  Instead of proposing a code change that would affect the entire city, the business needs to comply with the original agreement. 

 After hearing from over 50 residents who live and own property in our neighborhood, Old East Hill Property Owners Association Board voted unanimously in opposition of the code change.

 We are very concerned that our voice was not heard in 2008 during the initial permit granting and was not heard at the recent Planning and Zoning meeting; however we are also very hopeful City Council will listen to its constituents at this time.   

Even though we are pet friendly and supportive of our small businesses, we cannot support this code change, which would allow inappropriate business operation in our preservation district.

Thank you for your careful consideration of our concern.

Sincerely,

Amber Hoverson

OEHPOA President



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