Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Common Council on Tuesday night approved changes to an ordinance that move one step closer for a dog park to open on property at Paulus Printing in Port Washington.
Plans for a private dog park to open in Port Washington are closer to coming to fruition after changes to a zoning ordinance saw unanimous approval by the Common Council on Tuesday. The zoning change allows dog parks within industrial districts, a move that is necessary because the proposed private park at Paulus Printing, 1270 Mineral Springs Dr., is located in such a zone. Ellen Paulus, who plans to launch the dog park with her husband, Bob, spoke at the council meeting in support of the change. "I'd like to encourage the council to vote in favor of this ordinance," she said, "This could be a great asset to Port Washington." All aldermen voted in favor of the ordinance change with little discussion. The space where the Pauluses plan to …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday night introduced an ordinance to allow dog parks in the district where a private park has been proposed — but the ordinance is also forward-thinking for a public park.
Plans for a private dog park to open in Port Washington are moving along as the council on Tuesday night introduced a conditional use permit the owners need to convert the space for canine use. The conditional use permit bypasses zoning issues because the proposed park at Paulus Printing, 1270 Mineral Springs Dr., is in an industrial district. The permit, however, is also forward thinking — it allows for dog parks to also be launched in agricultural districts as well as public and utility land districts. City Planner Randy Tetzlaff said the addition of these zones is with a public dog park in mind. City officials in January had considered several locations in public and utility land districts in the city to see whether a dog park was …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Ozaukee County Board reversed a decision that originally banned dogs from Shady Lane Park.
The Ozaukee County Board approved an ordinance that would allow dogs on leashes in Shady Lane Nature Park, reported the Ozaukee Press. Earlier this month the Port Washington Plan Commission recommended approval for a private dog park in the city's industrial park. Just two months ago, the county board voted to ban dogs from the park in the Town of Fredonia. Typically dogs were allowed in all county parks with the exception of Shady Lane Park. The ban came at the recommendation of the Planning and Parks Department and Natural Resources Committee to avoid damage to the vegetation, reported the Ozaukee Press.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Port Washington Plan Commission on Thursday night recommended approval for a private dog park in the city's industrial park.
Though plans for a private dog park in Port Washington's industrial sector were met with overwhelming support and approval at Thursday night's Plan Commission meeting, the owners have a few hurdles to jump before launching the play space. Ellen and Bob Paulus of Paulus Printing are working to launch "Lucky Dog Park," in the extra space near their business, 1270 Mineral Springs Dr., but the location requires special zoning permits that call for a series of ordinance revisions and a public hearing, according to City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven. Despite the more than month-long timeline that process involves, commission members were excited by the idea. "This has been an item that’s been brought up from time to time over the last several years…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Port Washington Plan Commission will discuss the proposal from local business owners Bob and Ellen Paulus for a private dog park on Thursday night.
Having spent nearly 20 years working in greyhound rescue, Port Washington business owner Ellen Paulus is ready for the opportunity to provide responsible yet fun exercise options for area dog owners. "We have a lot of experience with handling large groups of dogs due to (our work in greyhound rescue)," she said. Ellen and her husband, Bob, of Paulus Printing, 1270 Mineral Springs Dr., have long offered what they called "playdates" for other greyhounds to run at their business — sometimes with 20 or 30 dogs. "The biggest thing for me is that I want to provide an area where dogs can exercise and run around, but in a safe environment." Ellen and Bob will present their idea for a private dog park to the Port Washington Plan Commission at its …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Officials have checked out a few viable spaces to add a dog park in Port Washington, merely opening the door to a conversation about adding such a place in the city. Where do you think is a good place to add one?
The idea of adding a dog park to Port Washington sparked plenty of excitement and "yes" answers from Patch readers. "I think a dog park in Port Washington is an absolutely wonderful idea!" Betty Fields-Mueller wrote on Patch. "I currently take my dog to Grafton and would love to be able to take her somewhere closer to home." Mayor Tom Mlada and other officials have begun tossing around the idea of adding a dog park in the city, checking out a few possible places to have the park but looking for feedback from the community before moving forward. The idea is to have the space be a city-owned park, but run and funded mostly by volunteers interested in the cause. Nearby dog park options are fairly limited: many people head to Muttland Meadows…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Port Washington officials have checked out a few viable spaces within the city to add a dog park, and are seeking feedback from the community on the idea.
With both resident dog owners and potential visitors to the city in mind, Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada and other officials have begun tossing around the idea of adding a dog park in the city. "It's a quality of life thing, where people love their dogs and want (to get out with their dogs)," Mlada said. "Frankly, it's another draw to the city." Mlada said officials have checked out seven possible locations — narrowing their focus on three — but are really hoping for feedback from the community before making any moves. "(I'm) just opening the door to this discussion, I really believe that there are enough dog owners that are interested — similar to the (Hales Trail Community Garden)," Mlada said, adding that the idea is to have the space…