The Yates County Planning Board has unanimously disapproved the application from the Town of Starkey for the expansion of a dog breeding kennel. Applicant Kenneth Zimmerman, of 224 Shannon Corners Road, wants to construct a 14’ by 90’ building with attached outdoor runs to expand his current operation of 20 adult breeding dogs up to a maximum of 95 adult dogs.

Zimmerman, however, did not attend the April 28 meeting, and could not answer the board members’ questions. The application was disapproved for lack of information. The town planning board may still approve by supermajority at their meeting May 3, or may reapply to the county board. The outcome of the May 3 meeting will be reported in the May 11 Chronicle-Express.

Dog breeding operations have long been a controversial part of Yates County agriculture, with some towns setting stricter rules than others, but the N.Y. State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets has minimal guidelines that must be enforced statewide.

According to County Planning Board member from Starkey, Bob Schiessner, a breeder in Starkey once had about 200 dogs, but has since changed business and is now raising free-range chickens.

In other applications:

• Village of Penn Yan applicant Kenneth Buschner, of 594 E. Lake Road, was approved for a Site Plan Review, to construct a 40 ft. X 60 ft, wood building with a gravel drive as a commercial photography studio in the Horizon Business Park within 500 ft. from the village boundary.

• Town of Starkey applicant Tim Kelly, of 1153 Mud Lane Road, was approved for a Special Use Permit to construct a 40 ft. X 32 ft. addition to an existing auto repair shop.

• Town of Benton. Applicant, Reuben Hoover, of 2487 Baldwin Rd, requested a Special Use Permit, to locate two signs —one on the southwest corner of Baldwin and Lovejoy Roads, and the other on the corners of State Rte. 14A south of Baldwin Rd. — for a farm produce business. Hoover did not attend the meeting, and could not answer the questions. The application was disapproved for lack of information.