NEW ULM - The New Ulm Planning Commission approved a new ordinance for regulating commercial dog kennels in New Ulm on Thursday.
The change was initiated by request from Deb Christensen, owner of the kennel Pups Playland at 1401 S. Broadway, to move her kennel into an industrial zoning area for a larger space. The location has not been identified because she is still negotiating a deal on a new building.
The current New Ulm City Code allows licensed kennels in commercial and industrial zoning areas. The proposed ordinance would clarify and simplify the language to allow commercial kennels in all commercial zones and in planned or general industrial zones. The ordinance would also implement three performance standards: First, the kennel must be 1,000 feet, or just under 2 1/2 blocks, from any residential zoning district. Second, the kennels must be insulated so that noise and odor can not be detected off premises. Finally, the retail sales of products related to household pets cannot exceed 25 percent of the gross floor area of the kennel's principal building.
Under the ordinance standards, Christensen's current location would not meet its standards, but her future location would have no problems.
The Planning Commission approved the proposals in the ordinance, but it will go to the New Ulm City Council for final approval .
Christensen said she is ready to go with a larger facility and is simply awaiting approval from the City Council.
(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)