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Thread: Action Item: Support Sporting Clays Range at Orapax Farm in Goochland

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    Action Item: Support Sporting Clays Range at Orapax Farm in Goochland

    nevermind, just got word the hearing is delayed until november due to the sound study not being completed. but please go ahead and write a letter supporting the range recommend we leave out referencing anti gun opposition instead focus on tax dollars coming to the county.



    Ok anyone in the Richmond area that wants another place to go and have fun shooting sporting clays needs to send and email(commsioners addresses are listed below) to the Goochland County Planning Commission. Even better would be to attend their meeting this Thursday at 6:30pm 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland, Virginia 23063. The anti's are out in force but in stealth mode see the email I have attached.I received the email from a friend that lives in the Orapax neighborhood.
    At the last meeting all the opposition was very conspicuous in announcing their support of the 2nd amendment. Well if you are pro 2nd why refer to those who want the range as "shooting rights people" that makes those opposing the range "anti shooting rights people" doesn't it?




    planning commision email addresses:

    atkinson5150@aol.com; TQuerry@s3integration.com; derekmurray1@yahoo.com; Andrews804@aol.com; cghyers24@comcast.net; md.brewery@gmail.com; medsab@aol.com



    email from the anti's in opposition to the rangeobnoxious part large bolded)


    Goochland County VA To Hear Application for Clay Shooting Range – Support Needed

    Posted by Ammoland under Clay Target Shooting, Competitive Shooting News, Shooting Ranges, Virginia, Virginia Shooting Sports Association, VSSA (Comments Off)

    Orapax Range Before Goochland Planning Commission Again Public Hearing Scheduled for October 18 at 6:30 PM





    Joanne Baldwin sent this link to Deita--Once again those from outside the county are trying to persuade our county government to allow something that would destroy the peace of our neighborhood. Last time, we got there early, so that we took up most of the seats in the room and the shooting rights people had to sit in overflow. Let's do it again! The meeting starts at 6:30PM on Thursday. Let's get there around 5:30 so that our side can all get a seat in the main room.



    Here is the letter from the VA Shooting Sports Association:

    Virginia Shooting Sports Association

    Virginia - -(Ammoland.com)- The Goochland Planning Commission has scheduled a second public hearing on Orapax’s application for a special use permit to have a sporting clays range on their nearly 700 acre hunting preserve.

    The meeting will be held on October 18th at 6:30 PM in the Board meeting room in the Goochland County Administration Building located at 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland, VA.

    The last public hearing on the matter saw an overflow crowd attend, many supporting Andrew and Nancy Dykers request to allow a sporting clays range on their property. We need another large showing of support as the other side is well organized and financed by a local land owner who has opposed every request by the Dykers related to the Orapax property in the past. Those speaking against the proposal at the last meeting sited concerns related to increased noise that would hinder the enjoyment of their property. The commission requested a new noise assessment and deferred their decision. It should be noticed however that the nearest neighbor lives a mile from the Orapax property.

    If you are not able to attend the property, please contact the members of the planning commission and politely urge them to recommend approval of the Dykers request to the Board of Supervisors. Their contact information is below
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    I'll send a letter in a little and will be there on Thursday!

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    With some luck, we should be able to arrange things so that we can attend on Thursday as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    I'll send a letter in a little and will be there on Thursday!
    peter, just heard the hearing has been postponed until novemebr

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    Quote Originally Posted by acfreddie View Post
    With some luck, we should be able to arrange things so that we can attend on Thursday as well
    nevermind, just got word the hearing is delayed until november due to the sound study not being completed.

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    Makes sense. In the discussions between themselves, they wanted to wait until the leaves had fallen to do the test.

    That still gives me time to do my own sound test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    Makes sense. In the discussions between themselves, they wanted to wait until the leaves had fallen to do the test.

    That still gives me time to do my own sound test.
    i believe it was just getting a tester out there and the results back before thursdays hearing not the county requiring the leaves be off the trees that is causing the delay.

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    My sound meter came today. Now I have to get in touch with the owner and arrange for some shooting.

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    might I suggest...

    Conduct the tests using high powered rifles and 3inch magnum shotgun shells (all PERFECTLY LEGAL throughout Goochland) then contrast it with 2 3/4 inch target loads such as will be used at the range. I suspect you will find target loads significantly less noisy. It could look like a concession on the part of the owner to "ONLY" use such quieter loads (as if he would want any other used anyway). Of course the NIMBY (not in my back yard) movement out there won't pay attention to actual tests but perhaps the Board of Supervisers will feel the need to actually be fair since they are being observed. Heaven help you if they think they can do it under the radar.
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    Goochland

    I went to the Planning Commission hearing on the 18th just to see how things were being run. The anti crowd of 25 or so got up and walked out in mass as soon as the deferral was approved. The then held a 45 min long "meeting" in the hallway that was so noisy that they were interrupting the speaker talking to the board. Could have used your sound meter Mr Nap.

    I am planning on putting together flyers to pass out around the county to get as many hunters to show for the Nov meeting as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Docgmt View Post
    I went to the Planning Commission hearing on the 18th just to see how things were being run. The anti crowd of 25 or so got up and walked out in mass as soon as the deferral was approved. The then held a 45 min long "meeting" in the hallway that was so noisy that they were interrupting the speaker talking to the board. Could have used your sound meter Mr Nap.

    I am planning on putting together flyers to pass out around the county to get as many hunters to show for the Nov meeting as I can.
    Are you in Goochland?

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    Goochland Meeting Nov 15

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    It would be great to get a large group out for this meeting to support the shooting sports

    The Planning Commission Meeting - 11/15/2012 7:00 PM
    Planning Commission Meeting
    Board Meeting Room (Room 250)
    Goochland Administration Building

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