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Dog kennel gets preliminary approval

WILLMAR -- A dog kennel that would operate as a boarding, breeding and training facility was given preliminary approval Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission.

Andrew and Jennifer Krupa are proposing to operate the seven-day-a-week kennel at their home in Roseville Township. There will be no other employees.

About a dozen neighbors were at the meeting with concerns about the number of dogs, noise from barking animals and traffic from dog buyers.

Under the plan approved Monday, the Krupas will be allowed to have a maximum of 24 dogs, including five breeding females. They had requested a maximum of 35 dogs but agreed to reduce the number after several of the planning commission members balked at the original request.

The maximum number of dogs does not includes puppies, which are defined as being six months old under the zoning ordinance.

Andrew Krupa said the average litter size is eight puppies. He intends to breed his Labrador retrievers no more than once a year.

The Krupas will also provide obedience and retriever training, and offer boarding facilities.

They will have to operate under a list of conditions, including: dogs must be kept inside at night, only three dogs can be out into the fenced area at one time and dogs must be leashed when they're being exercised.

An air conditioning unit must also be installed in the building, rather than fans and open windows, to reduce the noise of barking dogs during the summer time

The Krupas live in an area that's zoned for agriculture but there are homes close by, including one that's about 300 feet away.

Bruce Reuss, a planning commission member, reminded the neighbors that although the neighborhood had a residential feel to it, the area was zoned agriculture and occurrences of odor and noise shouldn't be unexpected.

Commissioner Harlan Madsen praised the Krupas for their past animal husbandry and facility and said he was confident they would do a good job with the kennel.

Although conditional use permits are typically transferrable with the land and not the person seeking the permit, the commission agreed that this permit would be specifically designed for the Krupas. Reuss was reluctant to agree to that variation. While that method has been used occasionally, he said it has never been tested.

The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will take final action on the conditional use permit at their meeting April 18.

In other action the planning commission:

- Approved a preliminary plat for Westrich First Addition in Dovre Township. The development includes 10 residential lots and two outlots in a R-1 shoreland residential management district. Dean Westre and Earl Rich are the developers.

- Approved a preliminary plan for 15 residential lots for South Elkhorn Third Addition, located in a R-2 community residence district in Green Lake Township. Tim Block, from Turkey Growers Inc.

- Approved the final plat for three commercial lots in Green Lake Township proposed by Pat McBroom.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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