Oskaloosa planning and zoning recommends denial for kennel
by Dennis Sharkey
The Oskaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of a dog kennel on a split vote.
Chairman Kevin Adams and commissioner Carol Keefer voted against a motion to recommend a conditional use permit for a kennel be denied.
The proposed kennel which has already been constructed is owned by Brian Ledbetter and is located on Hamilton Street.
Commissioners Rod Griffin, Craig Malsbury and Sam Mowder all voted in favor of a recommendation of denial.
The commissioners all looked at five questions and then voted on the specific issue.
All the commissioners were on the same page for the first three questions of will or will not the kennel be contrary to the city master plan. Is it harmonious with the surrounding area and will it be hazardous to current or future uses. All of the commissioners answered that it will.
Mowder and Keefer differed from the other three on the question of will or will not the kennel be detrimental to property values. Both said it would not.
Malsbury, who was not present for the original meeting, said that based on what he read in letters of opposition residents did feel that property values would be affected. He noted noise as a main reason.
“From the letters I’m seeing people do think it would be detrimental to their properties,” Malsbury said.
The final question of whether or not the kennel would affect the traffic area was not really answered. Ledbetter said there were no plans to add a driveway to the kennel.
The final decision rests with the city council who heard the matter June 7. Clerk Patty Hamm said there are three choices the council can make. The council can overturn the commission’s recommendation, accept the recommendation or send the matter back to the commission to impose conditions on the permit so that it can be approved. Ledbetter can appeal any decision thereafter.
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