Thursday, 08 October 2015
It was standing room only at the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, with most attendees interested in the board's decision regarding a text amendment to the town's ordinance impacting the possibility of an indoor gun range within city limits. After several community members spoke in favor of a text amendment to the town's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) which would pave the way for an indoor gun range, the board of aldermen unanimously approved the text change.
Originally, the town planning board recommended the town consider allowing indoor shooting ranges within C1SU, C2SU, and C3SU [Commercial Special Use] zoning districts in Franklin as well as taking out a section of the text amendment that stated that indoor shooting ranges would require a 250-foot buffer when in close proximity to a property of residential use. After aldermen expressed some concern about the purpose of the buffer, the planning board revisited the text amendment and omitted the 250- foot buffer requirement.
The text amendment also prohibits indoor gun ranges in a C1 zoned area. The movement to change the UDO to permit an indoor range within the city limits began when Jeff Wang approached board members about developing a gun range adjacent to his existing business. Because Wang's facility is located in a C1 area, in order for him to develop a gun range, he will have to petition the planning board for rezoning consideration.