Bishop Vet to expand to Ford dealership

The old Bishop Ford dealership on Highway 6 will become the new home of Bishop Veterinary Hospital.

The Bishop Planning Commission on Tuesday held public hearings and approved a conditional use permit that allows Bishop Veterinary Hospital to expand its operations into the former Bishop Ford Dealership on Highway 6.

Bishop Associate Planner Elaine Kabala said Bishop Veterinary Hospital property at 1440 N. Main St. is proposing to convert the car dealership to a veterinary hospital, The plans call for the approximately 12,000 square-foot metal structure to house seven exam rooms, an equine treatment center with surgery facilities, kennels for cats and dogs, six horse paddocks two pastures, an exercise corral, a barn, and a crematorium. The veterinary uses require a conditional use permit, under current city code.

Before considering the conditional use permit, the commission held a public hearing Tuesday regarding an initial study/negative declaration on the project. Based on the findings of the initial study, it has been determined that the project will not have a significant effect upon the environment.

Kabala said city staff did include some standard environmental mitigations as conditions of approval for the project.

For more on this story see the April 28 edition of The Inyo Register.

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