Animal shelter location

The proposed location for a new animal shelter in Monticello is located across the street from the Robert Milligan Dog Park, seen here.

The Piatt County Animal Shelter wants to build a new, larger facility at 1203 Raymond Road in Monticello, and received initial approval from the city planning and zoning board on Aug. 19. The city council will consider the PZB recommendation for a conditional use permit on Monday (Aug. 26).

“We really need more, and better,” said PCAS Director Diana McPheeters. “Through community support, and a donation, we are able to construct a new building.”

She said the proposed 3,600-square-foot structure would provide twice the space as the current shelter, located near the downtown business district at 301A S. Charter St.

McPheeters said the layout of the new facility would make it easier for the all-volunteer organization to maintain.

“We'll be able to address the needs of the public better, animals better, and hopefully increase the number of volunteers,” she told the planning and zoning board Aug. 19.

The shelter has passed necessary inspections conducted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture all five years it has been located at its current location, added McPheeters.

She also confirmed to PZB member Elaine Yoon that it was a no-kill shelter, and would have a fence on the property. It will also be located conveniently across the street from the Robert Milligan Dog Park.

City Community Development Director Callie Jo McFarland said the conditional use permit is needed for operation in an area zoned industrial.

“The City of Monticello Zoning Ordinance does not have a specified use definition of an animal shelter, so the appropriate designation is “Commercial Establishment Not Designated,” a use only allowed with a conditional use permit in an I-1 zoned parcel,” she told the zoning board.