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The 13-foot-tall, 36-foot-long apatosaurus replica at Zoomars Petting Zoo has earned the nickname "Juan." Photo by Brian Park
The 13-foot-tall, 36-foot-long apatosaurus replica at Zoomars Petting Zoo has earned the nickname “Juan.” Photo by Brian Park

By Brian Park

The fate of the dinosaur replica at Zoomars Petting Zoo is still up for debate, despite the Planning Commission’s decision against an appeal by its owner, Carolyn Franks.

The commission unanimously voted down Franks’ appeal on August 14 because the 13-foot-tall, 36-foot-long structure had not been installed through the proper channels. City staff gave Franks the option to appeal the commission’s decision to the City Council by Wednesday, August 29. Instead, Franks has decided to seek an amendment to her current conditional use permit for the zoo, after discussing her options with City Manager Karen Brust and Grant Taylor, the city’s director of development services.

“She really needs to take it through the full process, and that’s going to be the best remedy for her to work through this,” Brust said.

Franks said she will submit a revised site plan, geological study and detailed engineering plans within the next two weeks. “I want to make things right. Start from the beginning,” Franks said. “We’re hoping that the city is going to be receptive to it and help us through it because the public loves the dinosaur.”

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