Veterinarians and private residents in the Blue Springs area will soon have another option when it comes to cremation services for pets.

Veterinarians and private residents in the Blue Springs area will soon have another option when it comes to cremation services for pets.

The Blue Springs Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Aspen Pet Cremations Monday. The business, at 3424 N.W. Duncan Road, will occupy 2,600 square feet of a building that was formally used by the Department of Conservation. The other portion of the building is used by an electrical company.

James Holley, assistant director of community development, said Aspen has addressed the city’s parking concerns with the property in its application. They are also requesting an alternative landscaping plan as part of the approval.

However, Holley said that there is an issue with curbing on the property. He said no curbing exists on the east side of the building, where there is a drive aisle and parking spaces. City code requires that Aspen provide curbing along that property line to be compliant.

“This is not something the planning commission can waive,” Holley said. “That’s a code requirement. If they choose to not put that curbing in, it is something they have to ask a variance for.”

Ryan White said unlike a human crematorium or cemetery, there are typically only one to two burns a day. Designed for small animals, Aspen would perform either single cremations for those who would like the remains returned or communal cremations. Communal cremations would be more geared toward veterinarian offices or individuals who do not want to receive the remains. Those unclaimed remains will be disposed of on a 50-acre property on Colbern Road near Grain Valley.

“Our crematorium is through B&L Cremation Systems in Florida. Any black smoke or smell that is involved in the burn actually gets blown back into the building and the after-burner kicks in. It kills off any of that smell or black smoke,” White said. “Another concern brought up is mercury coming into the air. That is strictly with human beings with the fillings in their teeth.”

White said they have already begun having conversations with area veterinarians who are interested in cremation services. He estimates that approximately 65 percent of Aspen’s business will come from vets, while the other 45 percent will be from private individuals.