The C.U.P.

Conditional Use Permit, CUP-02-18, was presented to the New Kent County Board of Supervisors and referred to the New Kent County Planning Department.  The applicants, The Curtis Group,  and their proposed combat shooting range and training facility would irreparably affect New Kent and James City County residents’ home values, quality of life, and harm small local farms, vineyards, breeders, and small businesses.

Proposed is a 266 acre private facility located in the middle of the Barhamsville hamlet. It would house “Curtis Security Consulting, Inc.“, a firm incorporated 3 months ago. The owners intend to host government, military (domestic and foreign), law enforcement and private corporations at their combat shooting ranges, “Simunition®” training, and on and off road driving courses. CSC has indicated these activities could happen simultaneously and involve as many as 120 students on any given day. Combat simulation would start at 7 a.m., 6 days a week, and end at 7 p.m. on three days and 11 p.m on the remaining. These hours of operation, they say, would coincide with the time people are away from their homes and at work. They do not realize that in Barhamsville, many of our citizens work or farm at home during the day and would therefore be forced to endure the barrage of gun fire, explosions and squealing car tires all day long . Cease fires have been proffered for New Year’s Eve and day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve and Day.

Read more details on The Proposal page.

Read the actual CUP application by clicking on and downloading the attachment below–





2 thoughts on “The C.U.P.

  1. First, I would like to say that I am against this range. The quiet community of Barhamsville would definitely be affected in a very negative way. There is so much rich history in this area, it is beautiful and quaint, and it is very quiet. I pass through Barhamsville every single day on my way to and from work. If I could afford to buy a new home, Barhamsville would be the one place in Central Virginia I would choose to buy a piece of land and build a home. I live in central King William in a rural area, and I certainly would not like a range in my vicinity disturbing my peace and quiet. Isn’t having peace and quiet the main reason(s) people either live in or move to the country? I would not trade it for anything in the world. Listening to he doves, whipporwills and owls at night and early morning, and hearing the song birds during the day is priceless.

    I was in the military for a number of years and I have served in a combat zone on more than one deployment. I understand the need for training and keeping skills sharp. I am not against that. There is plenty of land available adjacent to, and on, military bases here in Virginia. Fort Pickett would be a prime spot to put this kind of range. It is a National Guard training base. How about Fort A.P. Hill? It is also a National Guard training base. Better yet, if there is too much bureaucracy involved in building this range on U.S. Government property, then find a piece of land adjacent to one of the aforementioned military bases. There is already noise around those vicinities from rifle and gunnery ranges. I do not see where building this range near a military base would have too much impact. In fact, I believe this idea to be a ‘no-brainer’.

    I understand that development in the name of Progress is inevitable. However, I do not see why the powers-that-be would want to destroy the peace and tranquility of such a quiet farming community as Barhamsville with something so disruptive as a combat range.

    Keep up the good fight!


  2. There are also a lot of retired people who live in Barhamsville. On my street we are all retired & home all day. I am just across Rt 30 maybe a half mile. I will fight for my health & sanity. This can not come here!


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