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Friday, September 14, 2012

Goochland Planning Commission to Decide Orapax Sporting Clays Range Request

Orapax Hunting Preserve has applied to the Goochland Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors to build a sporting clays range on their 700 acre property in the county. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 PM.  Orapax needs the help of gun owners to get approval.

Some of the owner's neighbors, the closest of which is a mile away from the property, oppose the request.  This isn't the first time that owner Andrew Dykers has dealt with opposition to his running a sporting clays range on his private property.  In 2007, Goochland passed an ordinance requiring a special permit to run a range on private property.

Mr. Dykers ran a shooting range alongside his hunting preserve from 1989 to 1991. When neighbors complained about the noise, county officials informed him that he had to apply for a conditional-use permit for the business. He applied for one and was denied, forcing him to shutter the operation.  Some of Dykers neighbors told WTVR 6 this week that they feel the sporting clays range would "disrupt their comfort and hurt property values."

If you live in Goochland and can't make the meeting, please contact the planning commission members and express your support for the application.

Planning Commission Members
District 1:
James P. Atkinson
5051 Shannon Hill Road
Kents Store, VA 23084
Phone: (804) 457-9239 (h)
Term Expires: 3/2013

District 2:
Ty Querry
2904 Stone Creek Drive
Sandy Hook, VA 23153
Phone:  (804) 241-0912
Term Expires: 3/2013

District 3:
Derek Murray1835 Longbranch Drive
Maidens, VA 23102
Phone:  (804) 556-5537 (h)
Term Expires:  3/2014

District 4:
Joe Andrews534 Broad Street Road
Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103
Phone:  (804) 784-1937 (h)
Term Expires:  3/2014

District 5:
Courtney Hyers
1263 Flat Rock Crossing
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Phone: (804) 784-2955 (h)
Term Expires: 3/2013

At Large:
Matt Brewer
4825 Twin Lake Drive
Goochland, VA 23063
Phone: (804) 307-2739 (c)
Term Expires: 3/2014

Tom Rockecharlie558 Woodson Court
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Phone:  (804) 784-3317 (h)
Term Expires:  3/2014

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