Animal ordinance returns to UG Commission meeting Thursday

The animal ordinance amendments will return to the Unified Government Commission meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Also on the 7 p.m. Jan. 8 agenda are several planning and zoning items.

There is a special UG Commission meeting at 5 p.m. in the ninth floor conference room at City Hall regarding ninth floor security measures. The ninth floor meeting is closed to the public.

Immediately after the ninth floor meeting will be a special session in the fifth floor conference room concerning the casino grant fund.

The animal ordinance at the 7 p.m. meeting will include the changes made from the Nov. 17 Public Works and Safety Standing Committee and the commission meeting of Dec. 4, according to the agenda. There were some language changes to the ordinance requested at the Dec. 4 meeting.

In general, the ordinance amends the animal code, increasing the number of dogs allowed from two to three, and decreasing the number of cats allowed from four to three. It also would adopt a trap, neuter and release policy that will apply to feral cats.

Portions of this ordinance were approved earlier, and a ban on pit bulls was not lifted at the earlier meeting. There is no public comment period listed for the animal ordinance; public comments were held earlier.

The ordinance language concerning nuisance animals and specific penalties for specific behavior of animals is coming back to the commission for approval.

It outlines provisions concerning nuisance animals, such as noise, property damage, running at large, putting persons in fear, animal injury and violations.

It also states that it is unlawful to keep any dangerous animal in the city, and defines that as a bite injury or the killing of another dog or cat. There is additional information defining dangerous animals and the rules concerning them.

Vicious animals, defined as any animal that has caused great bodily harm, disfigurement or death to any person, will not be allowed within the city limits, according to the ordinance. It does not apply to an animal that caused bodily harm to a person committing a crime on the property of the owner of the animal.

For a look at more of the details in the changes to the animal ordinance, visit the UG website at the agenda for Jan. 8, at

Some of the other items on the UG meeting at 7 p.m. include:

– Change from agricultural to limited business district zoning for the continuation of a child care facility currently operating under a special use permit at 545 S. 94th St.

– Change from limited business district to residential family district zoning for a residence at 5430 State Ave.

– Renewal of special use permit for a storage shed, community garden and gazebo at 323 S. 14th St., with the Kansas Bhutanese Community Foundation.

– Renewal of a special use permit for a banner program in Fairfax, from the Fairfax Industrial Association.

– Special use permit for a two-car detached garage at 102 S. 64th St.

– Special use permit for a miniature horse at 840 Shawnee Road.

– Special use permit for four to six chickens at 1817 S. 94th St.

– Special use permit for 32 Highway Liquors, a liquor store at 6832 Kaw Drive.

– Vacation of utility easement at 10621 Parallel Parkway, The Legends.

– Preliminary and final plan review for Community America Credit Union building at 7714 State Ave.

– Adoption of the UG’s 2015 state and federal legislative programs.

– An ordinance authorizing the issuance of $34 million in industrial revenue bonds for Phase 2 of the Village West Apartments project developed by NorthPoint Development. The site is adjacent to the multifamily project at 110th and Delaware Parkway.

– A resolution to authorize a bond sale of general obligation refunding bonds at $21,155,000, with estimated savings of $1.6 million, and taxable general obligation refunding bonds at $1,985,000 with estimated savings of $149,000.