Board says no to shooting range

Published 7:10 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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The Davie County Board of Adjustment on Wednesday night unanimously denied a special use permit for a shooting range off Sheffield and Duke Whittaker roads.

The vote came after some discussion, and the board cited at least three of the four findings they had to make: that the use would endanger public health and safety; that the use is not in harmony with with the area; and the use is not consistent with the Davie County Land Development Plan.

The meeting had opponents of the proposal nervous, as Chair Wayne Webb talked about property owners’ rights, and asked that certain conditions be placed on the use if it was to pass.

He also had some advice for Kirk Peavy, who had requested the zoning change with his wife, Christian, as owners of Recoil Management Academy.

“The applicant has hurt his own proposal by shooting prior to getting permits,” Webb said. “You’ve upset your neighborhood when you really didn’t have to.”