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San Joaquin County planners approve use permit for Lockeford-area dog kennel

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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 10:30 am, Fri Jan 4, 2013.

After a public hearing featuring feuding neighbors on Thursday, the San Joaquin County Planning Commission approved a use permit for Bill and Kate Montgomery to operate a dog kennel on Atkins Road between Lockeford and Clements.

According to county planner Mo Hatef, the Montgomerys have operated the kennel illegally for more than two years because they didn't previously apply for a use permit from the county.

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  • Tammy Peoples-Lovitt posted at 3:06 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    Tammy Lovitt Posts: 1

    After being at that meeting last night I now understand why individuals don't stand up for their rights. Unless you are politically connected or if you use the words "rescue center" your feelings mean nothing. I guess because people are taking animals away from the county runned centers they can get away with anything. These people could have continued operating illegally for who knows how long until someone stepped up and made the county aware of it but just like the committee they are not going to do anything to them. As long as the animals are not their problem, they don't care about the situation.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:46 am on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    No ramifications for running this kennel for two years unrestricted? Sounds like the same old good old boys planning commission in Lodi? I assumed when the planning commission having jurisdction holds their plan and approval meetings, that the public is invited to attend and voice their opinion and concern pertaining to the approval of the matter? The planning commission chairman doesn't seem to think that these neighbors closeby don't have the right to address the planning commission and air their reason for asking that this issue not be approved? The fact that this family operated for two years without applying for a use permit leads me to think that this issue was not properly considered by this board and would subject these neighbors to the constant disturbance of dogs barking day and night. Maybe this family is well connected?

  • Tracy Matheson posted at 9:23 am on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    TM Matheson Posts: 7

    Its pretty darn sad planning dept openly states knowing this has been a 2+ year problem yet not only us but surrounding neighbors lives will be disrupted anyway??? the Montgomery's knows 4 of the 5 surrounding neighbors are against her operation so do as she herself said - MOVE. Truthfully it was as if the decision had already been made no matter who or what opposing had to say.....



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