Moratorium law in Starkey isn’t ready yet

Starkey Town officials want to hear comments from town residents about adopting a law that pauses issuing permits to operate commercial dog kennels in the town for up to a year.

In December, the town board decided to consider a moratorium while town officials consider re-writing local regulations about establishing, constructing or modifying a kennel in the town.

Commercial dog kennels have been a topic of discussion in Starkey and neighboring Barrington for a few months, since Starkey denied a permit for a kennel last fall, and opposition to a Barrington kennel and retail sales business resulted in permit applications being withdrawn.

In October, the Starkey Planning Board denied a special use permit to build a 32 st. by 96 ft. dog kennel to house 75 adult dogs by a vote of 5 to 1. Planning Board members expressed concerns about how dog manure would be handled.

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