Star Valley Town Council To Vote On Dog Boarding Permit

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The Star Valley Town Council could vote to approve a dog boarding business Tuesday night, something neighbors and the Planning and Zoning Commission say they do not want to see.

John Killips requested a conditional use permit to open Snuggle Dogs B&B, a dog boarding operation, in the 200 block of Claxton Road. In the application, Killips said he and Nancy Barbera would provide a natural, barkless environment for boarding three to five dogs.

“We do not tolerate needless barking nor fighting,” Killips states in the application.

But neighbors and the Planning and Zoning Commission worry that it would impossible to run a barkless operation, and noise could become a major issue in the neighborhood.

On Jan. 13, the commission recommended denying the permit based partly on strong opposition from the community.

Board member John Whetten said eight to 10 neighbors who attended the meeting all said they did not want a dog business moving into their neighborhood. Based on their concerns and the commercial code standards for unreasonable noise, the board unanimously denied the request.

“I would not want to live next door to a commercial dog boarding business,” Whetten said.

The council has several options. They could deny the conditional use permit or approve it with conditions, such as limiting the number of dogs boarded and requiring the owner to prevent barking. If violations are reported, the permit could be revoked.

Also at the meeting, the council will vote on appointing Gary Plunkett as vice chairperson of the Planning and Zoning Commission. They will also vote on a resolution allowing Mayor Chuck Heron to sign an application for the Community Development Block Grant funds. Based on two public hearings, the town is requesting around $140,000 in grant funding to build culverts.

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