SALEM -- The Legislature has passed a bill allowing dog training and dog kennels on farmland in Oregon.

House Bill 4170 includes certain limitations, including that no more than 10 dogs participate in any one class and that no more than six classes are held per day.

Dog trainers must obtain a conditional use permit if they plan to exceed either limitation.

Current law allows kennels on non-high-value farmland under a conditional use permit, but doesn't define what a kennel is. The lack of definition leads to a patchwork of interpretations and regulations among county planners, according to Jim Johnson, a land-use expert with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Current law is silent on the issue of dog training on land zoned for exclusive farm use.

The bill cleared the Senate March 1 by a vote of 29-0. The House approved it March 2, 60-0. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber.

--Mitch Lies

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