The serenity of Sugarloaf Mountain and the surrounding area is threatened by a proposed firearms training facility and range. The proposed site is a tranquil farm on Thurston Road in Frederick County Maryland which abuts land with Sugarloaf Mountain hiking trails, as well as several equestrian businesses. The land for the proposed site is located in the Resource Conservation Zone, adjacent to Agricultural and Residential zoned properties.
The proposed facility's application describes a very large and busy private commercial training facility with several enclosed and outdoor shooting ranges for the use of law enforcement, general public, military and security personnel and others traveling from outside the area. The size of buildings and parking lots shown on the site plan plot an 80ft x 250ft building with classrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors and an indoor range in the basement, a large 144 car parking lot, as well as parking at shooting range buildings.
The proposal also describes peak capacity of up to 99 persons from 9am to 5pm daily, and likely as late as 10pm as allowed by county code.
The loud noise from this large, commercial facility will disturb the peaceful enjoyment of homes, farms and historic Sugarloaf Mountain. It will also threaten local businesses like Sugarloaf Stronghold, Sugarloaf Mtn Winery, Comus Inn, multiple Christian religions retreats and farms with horse riding, training and boarding. There are unknown environmental issues from having a firearms range run through flood plains and Bennett's Creek, a waterway that feeds the Monocacy River and ultimately the Potomac River.
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You can view copies of the application and other documents by following this link - Special Exception Application and other documents.
The original hearing for this Special Exception before the Board of Zoning Appeals was postponed on July 24, 2014.
The new hearing was held on August 28, 2014. Due to overwhelming opposition, the hearing ran from 1PM to 11:30PM and still not all citizen opposition testimony was completed. Because of the holiday weekend, the hearing is scheduled to be continued on Tuesday, September 2 at 7PM. A decision on the application is expected at that hearing.
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