First published on facebook on December 13, 2020.
A dog kennel that has operated without council consent has been given approval to operate for 15 months with strict conditions.
The Local Planning Panel has approved the kennels at 604 Ourimbah Creek Road, Palm Grove.
The Development Application went to the panel in October seeking approval for the use of an existing shed which was being used to accommodate French Bulldogs at night and 10 existing outdoor dog kennels for the purposes of dog breeding.
The council recommendation was to refuse the application.
The panel deferred a decision until it received a supplementary report and approved the application on December 9.
A report of the decision was made public some days after that; it goes up on the council website without announcement.
The proposed operation is:
• Dog breeding for a maximum number of 30 French Bulldogs accommodated on the site.
• A shed will accommodate the dogs in the evening from 5.15pm to 10am.
• The 10 outdoor dog kennels will be used during the day from 10.00am to 5.15pm.
The consent is for a fifteen month period only.
Any extension of the approved use beyond fifteen months will require the prior submission and approval of an application.
“In considering any application for the extension of this consent, Council would have regard to relevant matters under (the Act), including any submissions received during the period,” the panel said.
“A Building Information Certificate application must be submitted for the evening house and outdoor dog kennels within 30 days from the determination date of this consent.”
An acoustic assessment has to be prepared by an acoustic consultant in one month’s time.
Monitoring shall be undertaken at the nearest residential receivers.
Offensive noise is also to be considered.
Any recommendations must be implemented within thirty days of the Assessment being undertaken.
The applicant must also prepare a policy on complaints handling and dispute resolution, and maintain a complaint register within 1 month of the date of consent and in accordance with the following:
• Retain a log of related communication and actions taken which includes date and time complaint received, name and designation (e.g. guest, neighbour, council, police etc.) of complainant and contact details of complainant, nature of complaint, action taken (by whom and when), outcome and/or further action required (e.g. community consultation, meet with Council, meet with local police, review management systems or issue resolved).
• Respond to complaints and take effective action.
• Appoint a manager who shall be contactable 24 hours per day.
• Provide adjoining neighbours with the phone number of the manager.