Best Friends Total Pet Care\u2019s application to open a veterinary hospital\/kennel in Wilton at 213 Danbury Road raised questions from commissioners at the June 13 Planning and Zoning meeting. The public hearing for the project that would involve joining two structures on the property by building a hallway between them, as well as the installation of multiple indoor and outdoor dog runs, was opened May 23 and continued. In response to staff comments and commissioners\u2019 questions from May 23, Gregory and Adams attorney Casey Healy said on behalf of the applicant June 13 there would be 118 dog \u201csuites\u201d \u2014 meaning 118 dogs, maximum \u2014 and three indoor play areas. \u201cThe outdoor play areas are screened with a solid wood plank fence which is six feet in height in order to shield dogs\u2019 views to activity, stimulus, and motion outside of the play area,\u201d Healy said. \u201cThe dogs are attended by dog handlers when they\u2019re taken to the outdoor play areas. They\u2019re never left in the outdoor play areas unattended. If there are barkers in the group, the handlers will bring those dogs to an indoor play area, of which there are three,\u201d he said. Physical waste, according to Healy, will be \u201cimmediately collected and disposed of in designated containers, and then at the end of each day, the waste is removed from the containers and disposed of in a toilet that\u2019s specifically designated for that purpose. \u201cUrine infiltrates through the porous canine turf just as it does through grass. The outdoor play areas are washed daily to dilute and further rinse the urine,\u201d Healy said. Secretary Doris Knapp, however, was not convinced. \u201cYou say the area is washed daily to dilute and further rinse the urine,\u201d she said. \u201cDoes that go into the soil? Does it possibly leach into people\u2019s wells? What happens to this huge, huge, huge amount of diluted urine?\u201d Best Friends owner Alexandre Desmarais answered her and said, \u201cIt seeps through the soil,\u201d and added, \u201cI would just say that we have 38 pet care centers across the U.S. We\u2019ve been in operation for 20 years. We have never had, to my knowledge, a complaint with contamination.\u201d \u201cWell I don\u2019t know how many of those [centers] have neighbors with abutting wells. It could be zero; it could be all, but that\u2019s really a concern,\u201d Knapp said. \u201cWell, the two abutting neighbors \u2014 Young\u2019s Nurseries to the south and Wilton Hospital for Animals to the north \u2014 are on public water, as is this site, and Young\u2019s Nurseries wraps around the building, so both sites that it abuts do not have private drinking wells,\u201d Healy said. \u201cYoung\u2019s Nurseries, we know, is for sale, so we don\u2019t know what Young\u2019s Nurseries is going to be if and when that sale occurs,\u201d Knapp said. Commissioner Joe Fiteni pointed out that the portion of the Young\u2019s Nurseries property that abuts 213 Danbury Road lies within a residential zone. \u201cThe land is zoned residential, so if somebody were to buy the land and subdivide it, they have residential zoning. Those people would not be on the public water from Young\u2019s, I wouldn\u2019t believe.\u201d \u201cWell they could be,\u201d said Healy. \u201cThey could be,\u201d Fiteni said, \u201cbut they\u2019d also have the right to put a well in because it\u2019s residential land.\u201d Alan Spirer, the attorney for the owner of Wilton Hospital for Animals at 215 Danbury Road spoke against the 213 Danbury Road project on May 23, and returned June 13 to clarify his and his client\u2019s position. On May 23, he said that because the floor area ratio of the property in question is already nonconforming, the applicant cannot move forward, because Wilton\u2019s zoning regulations forbid enlarging or expanding a pre-existing nonconformity. In response to this, Healy said June 13 he would be going before the Zoning Board of Appeals June 20 to apply for a variance to increase the floor area ratio notwithstanding the current nonconformity. Spirer, however, said June 13 that a variance would not be enough, because the Planning and Zoning Department requires that all zoning regulations be satisfied before issuing a special permit, which Best Friends Total Pet Care needs for the project. \u201cIf they\u2019re successful in getting a variance,\u201d Spirer said, \u201cthey will be able to use the site for permitted use, but it\u2019s our position that they cannot use the site for a special permit, because a special permit requires compliance with each and every one of your regulations, and Section 29-4.F. says you can\u2019t increase a nonconformity, even with a variance.\u201d Ultimately, the hearing for Best Friends Total Pet Care\u2019s application was again continued, this time to June 27.