A woman wants to open a kennel in a residential area

236 High St. is the gray house on the left. Northern Lights Farmstand is on the right

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IPSWICH – A dog trainer has applied to the Zoning Appeal Board (ZBA) to open a kennel and training center on High Street.

Maggie Hackett, who currently lives in Wenham with her three dogs, has signed a purchase and sale agreement for 246 High Street, a long, narrow plot three doors down from Clam Box.

If approved by the ZBA and the sale completes as agreed, the property would change hands for $835,000.

The land is 3.83 acres, according to city tax records, or 3.5 acres, depending on the application. There is a 2,500 square foot house built in 1944 and a 2,700 square foot garage on the property, Hackett’s request states.

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The land is within Rural Residence Zone A and the Water Supply Protection District, he added.

Hackett said his goal for “the maximum number of dogs per day…is 15.” The maximum overnight stay would be three to five dogs, she added.

She said she spoke with police about parking and the law against backing up on a main road. To solve this problem, she wants to turn around behind the three-car garage.

There would be two staff members, but they wouldn’t be working at the same time, Hackett said. They would not be full-time, she added, and she would live on the property.

The GIS map shows the property in yellow, the wetlands in green, and the 100 foot DEP protection buffer in blue.

“From a waste perspective, I plan to use a cleaning company called Poop 911 who will come and clean the property and dispose of all animal waste,” Hackett’s request reads.

It also provides fenced play areas for dogs.

Hackett is requesting a local zoning waiver. This can be granted “where a literal interpretation of the regulations would cause significant financial or other hardship” to the applicant, according to the rules.

The ZBA will hold its first hearing on Thursday, June 16.