Letter: Opposed to dog daycare on north side
To the editor, We are in opposition to the dog daycare business and any proposed variances to the city zoning code for the business to be located at 920 North Third Street in Grand Forks. Residents and property owners of the Near Northside Neighb...
To the editor,
We are in opposition to the dog daycare business and any proposed variances to the city zoning code for the business to be located at 920 North Third Street in Grand Forks. Residents and property owners of the Near Northside Neighborhood were not surveyed or consulted before planning the proposed business. Instead, we received a letter from the city planner communicating that a dog daycare business would be located close to our home.
Through research we have found examples of other communities that have suffered from such a business. There doesn't seem to be any independent unbiased research or analysis available from the city or applicants of this proposed business citing the impact on our neighborhood.
The variances requested to the city zoning codes in the proposal will have a negative effect on the physical and mental health of the residents who have supported this neighborhood for many years. Current ordinances do not provide any specifics that address maximum decibel levels of barking dogs, inability of the staff to collect dog feces on a daily basis, or when the odor extends beyond the confines of the daycare.
During an informational meeting, it was disclosed that the daycare could take up to 60 dogs daily and 30 at night. In fact, the applicants informed us that the busiest times for their proposed business will be holidays, summers and weekends when residents of the Near Northside Neighborhood would most likely be home trying to spend time with their families. Imagine sitting down to enjoy a family event in your backyard, and being greeted by loud barking and foul odors coming from this business. When chronic noise rings throughout your home, as it does with a barking dog, it is even more upsetting than it would be if the same noise occurred in a different setting. Your home is your place of refuge.
There doesn't seem to be concern for Near Northside Neighborhood residents and homeowners who have paid taxes for years. Zoning codes and ordinances are in place for a reason: to protect the health of all residents. The Planning and Zoning Division is charged with the responsibility of creating a quality living and working environment for the city and surrounding residents, and to balance the economic development efforts while protecting the quality of life of the residents of Grand Forks.
and Henry Roehrich