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Sunday, November 20th, 2016 11:21 am
A few weeks back there was noisy construction activity at the corner of the apartment complex near our house. We had not been notified of anything, but I thought nothing of it: while our back fence and theirs are adjacent, this was -nowhere near- our house, being a tenth of a mile away and around a corner (4 houses down or more depending on which side of the street you use to measure, because of the curve).

After a couple days it was done and was clearly a mini fenced-in dog park in an unused corner of the grounds, under the trees. Black chain fence enclosing it, bark mulch laid down, etc. Not huge; big enough for small dogs, less-active medium dogs, and maybe large dogs who wanted to nap off-leash. I don't think the complex allows large dogs in residence, so this is probably the perfect size for their residents. It was not very pretty, but it wasn't ugly, and I am always glad for more off-leash areas to discourage people from (illegally, but it does not stop them) having their dogs off-leash on sidewalks/in parks without such an area/otherwise in the open).

A week later, we got a notification from the city of a retroactive permit request for construction of the off-leash dog area. Apparently they did not actually request a permit, and someone turned them in (it was very visible from the street, so I suppose almost anyone who has cause to come down here could have; while there are not too many houses down here, there is one senior center, and so rather more people than a dead-end street would otherwise see). I mean, I assume so, although it's possible they went "oops!" and filed the request on their own?

2-3 days ago the fence was gone, the bark mulch and underlying weed cover done, and then the bare ground was re-seeded.

And yesterday's mail brought the notice of administrative decision from three days ago denying the permit.

Before undertaking construction, know your local permitting requirements and follow them. You...would think the management company for a large, established apartment complex would already be aware of this.

I imagine the residents with smaller dogs who had been using it were, however, disappointed. I feel bad for them. I didn't mind the dog park, and had it stayed I would not have minded. They got a nice new thing...and then in days to weeks after it opened, poof, it went away again.
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