Greene County BOS Approves New Leash Law

By.  Kara Reese Pennella, Greene County Field Officer

Greene County continues to increase regulations on dog ownership in Greene County. On Tuesday, November 10th it passed a new leash law. The leash law does not apply to areas zoned Agricultural or Conservation. Subdivisions located in Agricultural districts may still apply to be covered by the leash laws. The new law does not necessarily require that dogs be tied up or fenced in but they must be under the control of their owners.

A number of citizens spoke in favor of a leash law. Many citizens who addressed the board would have preferred to see a more stringent law extending to the agriculture zoning districts and requiring that dogs actually be physically leashed not just under the control of their owners.

Board members noted that this new law is in response to numerous complaints that they have received from citizens. B. Peyton noted that most of the calls that he received concerned residential areas and felt this was a fair solution to the problem. J. Allen also noted she had receive many complaints and moved to approve the ordinance as proposed. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.

In other matters from the Board and the public, the Board received good news on economic development in Greene County. First, the Chamber of Commerce reported a successful grand opening of the new visitor’s center which is located on Route 29 near Blue Ridge Café. Second, the Chairman of the Board announced that the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Greene County Wal-Mart would be Friday, November 13, 2009 with work beginning on the project the following week.


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