, Derry, New Hampshire


May 16, 2013

Londonderry planners ponder town kennel rules

LONDONDERRY — Officials are considering their options when it comes to regulating canine facilities in town.

That could include adding a new kennel regulation to the town’s ordinance.

Planning Board members pondered the kennel option at a meeting May 1. Building inspector Richard Canuel gave an update on how the town could add a kennel rule and enforce where facilities could be located under the zoning ordinance.

Last spring, zoning officials denied a Litchfield couple’s application to build a large, commercial kennel in town.

Leonard and Jane Vigeant came before the Zoning Board for permission to build and operate a commercial dog kennel facility on 15 acres on Nashua Road within the town’s Performance Overlay District.

That application was denied for a number of reasons, including potential noise and smell coming from the kennel.

With no kennel provision in place at that time, Canuel said zoning officials strugged.

“Right now, it’s not a permitted use,” Canuel said. “We don’t have any provision in our ordinance that addresses kennels as a professional business. Our ordinance should have provisions.

Canuel suggested several zones in town where a kennel would be successful, including allowing a facility by Conditional Permit Only where officials could monitor a facility and make sure criteria was being met. Abutters to any kennel plan would have input on the plan and could bring forward any concerns during a public hearing.

That would give officials the opportunity to work with applicants toward a successful solution, Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said.

He said having a kennel law in place would aid those who want to open a business similar to the Barking Dog in Derry or the All Dogs Gym in Manchester, more of a boarding kennel service, not a kennel for breeding purposes.

“I think the need is there,” Rugg said. “It’s a service. A lot of people have pets and they often need the perfect place to leave their pets.”

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