P&Z Commission Grants Permit to Dog Trainer

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Planning & Zoning Commission considered an application by Annie Johnson for a permit to operate a dog training business at her home on Parker Hill Road.

Johnson said she trains only one dog at a time in basic behaviors such as walking on a lead, not jumping on people and interacting with other dogs. She anticipates no structural changes to her property, no fencing or signage.

“It just becomes my dog for two weeks,” she said. 

Zoning Enforcement Officer Karl Nilson said Norfolk’s zoning regulations make no provision for such activities, but, reviewing the regulations closely, the commission agreed that a permit could be issued. The commission also heard a presentation by land use attorney Michael Zizka about statutes governing planning and zoning commissions.

A correction to this article can be found here.

Newsletter Editor

View all News