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The Sussex County Board of Supervisors are meeting this Thursday Night 19 Nov 2009 at 7:30PM to discuss a Conditional Use Permit for Shooting Clays and Pistol Ranges in order to operate.
This has the capability to not only impact shooting clubs but also any landowner who who attempts to target practice on their own land.
There is support on the council to STOP this effort but support from the people is needed. It would be beneficial for some some people to show up and show support for STOPPING this ordinance.
Well dressed articulate speakers would make the most impact but anyone with skin in the game is welcome.
Since the meeting is held in a Courthouse i do not think that carrying is an option but I have been wrong before.
ORDINANCE AMENDMENT #2009-02
Ms. Shannon C. Drew, Assistant to the Director of Planning, presented the staff report to the Board.
The Zoning Ordinance currently allows a sporting clays field and a pistol range by right in the A-1, General Agricultural District. Staff is requesting that Section 16-22, § 21 be amended to require a conditional use permit for the location of any sporting clays fields and/or pistol ranges in Sussex County. The requirement of a conditional use permit will allow proposed sites to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they are safe for the environment, the surrounding community and range patrons.
Surrounding localities such as Prince George County, Surry County and Dinwiddie County require a Special Exception to be granted by the governing body, which is equivalent to Sussex County’s Conditional Use Permit, for the location and operation of a sporting clays field and/or a pistol range.
PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION:
The Planning Commission at their July 6, 2009 meeting voted unanimously (8-0) to send this item to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval to be read as follows:
"NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Supervisors of Sussex County:
That the Sussex County Code, Chapter 16 (Zoning), Article II (General Agricultural District), Section 16-22 (Use Regulations), § 21 is hereby amended as follows:
Add the requirement of a conditional use permit to Sec. 16-22 §21.
21. Sporting clays field and/or pistol range, with a conditional use permit."
Ordinance Amendment #2009-02
ON MOTION OF SUPERVISOR BIRDSONG, seconded by SUPERVISOR CAPLE and carried: RESOLVED that the Sussex County Board of Supervisors hereby sends Ordinance Amendment #2009-02 of the Sussex County Code, Chapter 16, (Zoning) Article II (General Agricultural District), back to the Planning Commission to clearly define the terms “sporting clays fields and pistol ranges in Sussex County,” prior to the Board of Supervisors considering again said ordinance amendment.
Voting aye: Supervisors Birdsong, Caple, Fly, Harrell, Parker
Voting nay: none
Absent: Supervisor Tyler
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