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County Zoning Laws

Code of Ordinances – Chapter 98 – Zoning

Effective Community Action

From a site written by a professional community planner; lots of useful tips:
https://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
https://www.useful-community-development.org/how-to-start-a-petition.html
https://www.useful-community-development.org/how-to-fight-city-hall.html

A great article about Conditional Use Permits (which is what Curtis will need):
https://www.ca-ilg.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/conditional_use_permits.pdf

Conditional Use Permits: Strategies for Local Zoning Proceedings
Written by a lawyer that specializes in this kind of thing;
Gives tip for both sides of the issue
https://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/WisconsinLawyer/Pages/Article.aspx?Volume=88&Issue=8&ArticleID=24303

How to Make a Difference at a Planning Commission or City Council Hearing
From Oregon, but similar principles could apply to us
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/510782

Tips for Providing Effective Testimony at Land Use Hearings
https://westlinnoregon.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/planning/page/6950/cci-brochure-effective_testimony_booklet_6-27-12_for_web.pdf

How to Make a Difference – Tips for Effective Activism
More oriented towards protest marches, but info on contacting elected representatives could be useful
https://en.reset.org/act/how-make-difference-%E2%80%93-tips-effective-activism

Stories of Other Communities

Fourth of July fireworks trigger PTSD symptoms in veterans

July 4, 2018 – LAS VEGAS – Americans will celebrate the nation’s 242nd birthday with July 4 trips to the beach, with barbecues and with celebratory fireworks.

The rockets’ red glare is an Independence Day tradition. But for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, the jarring noises can trigger symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Whether it’s a Roman candle, a traditional firecracker or small poppers, the sounds transport service men and women to the battlefield, conjuring up memories and images most have tried to forget.

“It depends on the state of mind I’m in. For some veterans it can be disturbing, it can make you angry,” said Benjamin Dupree, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm. Read more…

Brush Prairie woman hit by stray bullet feels ‘blessed’

– Her home is near Clark Rifles shooting ranges

February 3, 2015 – Brush Prairie, Washington – Linda Sperling considers herself blessed. Had she turned her head or stepped an inch to the side on the afternoon of Jan. 26, she may be dead.

The 65-year-old Brush Prairie woman was outside on her 5-acre property collecting branches from a recent windstorm when she heard what sounded like an explosion.

“I didn’t even realize I’d been shot,” she said. She put her hand to her head and pulled it back to find blood on her gardening glove.
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The Sperlings’ property, east of Hockinson, abuts Clark Rifles, a gun club that has two rifle ranges and a handgun range, according to its website. One of those 300-yard rifle ranges points toward the Sperlings’ property.
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He’s hired a metal detector company to help him find more than 1 1/2 pounds of bullets in his yard, an effort to find the bullet that struck Linda Sperling and to show how many bullets are on their property. Read more…

West Point firm comes under fire

– G4S/ITI blasted by neighbors for its counter-terrorism training gunfire, explosions

January 17, 2013 – KING AND QUEEN — Residents of rural King and Queen County who live near the G4S International Training Inc. compound adjacent to the Middle Peninsula Regional Airport understand the need for counter-terrorism training in the war on terror.

But for them, enduring the sounds of the gunfire and explosions at the nearby sprawling facility on the marshy banks of the York River not only sacrifices their rural peace — even to the point some say they can’t hear the television in their own living room — it’s also above and beyond the call of duty.

Even though he lives two miles away downriver, Steve Jadatz said his family can’t enjoy the rural atmosphere.

“We cannot go outside and enjoy our land,” Jadatz said. “We can’t enjoy our garden, we can’t sit outside and relax. It sounds like a war two miles away.”
The conflict between G4S ITI and neighbors has simmered for years, particularly after county officials discovered much of the company’s expansion has occurred without permits and approvals. Read more…

Anti-terrorism training center in Va. has neighbors on edge

MONTROSS, Va. (WRIC) — Foreigners training with bombs and explosives. It’s happening right in our backyard. Just an hour and a half from Richmond in Westmoreland County lies a training facility aimed to fight terrorism. Some question if it’s secure. 8News has learned the federal government is now investigating. The training facility sits in the farmlands of Westmoreland County, adjacent to the small town of Montross. The soundtrack of the community, however, is a barrage of bullets and bombs. Read more…

ANTITERRORISM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ATA)

– Testimony before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives (2017)

On Page 6: “Among participants trained in the United States since 2012, ATA has
documented 10 participant unauthorized departures from ATA activities
and provided related information to DHS for follow-up. Of the 10, 3
departed from their training facility during overnight hours in 2013; 6
departed during escorted class excursions, such as shopping trips, in
2014; and 1 departed in 2016 during escorted transit from the airport to
the training facility. After making their unauthorized departures, these 10
participants have pursued various courses of action. According to DHS
data, 2 of the 10 departed the United States for countries other than their
own home country, and 6 remain in the United States, having applied to
DHS for asylum. The ninth ATA participant is believed to be in the United
States without having applied for an alternative immigration status and,
according to DHS, is the subject of an open DHS investigation.” Read more…

Anti-terrorism training facility may move to Spotsy

Jan 6, 2017 – The owners of Crucible hope to relocate the anti-terrorism training facility to Spotsylvania County after facing opposition to a proposed expansion at their site in Stafford County.

If approved, the proposed facility near Thornburg would include outdoor shooting ranges and an outside driving track to stage simulated attacks on vehicles, said Fredericksburg attorney Charlie Payne, who represents Crucible operator Radio Reconnaissance Technologies Inc. The nearly 78-acre site at 6116 Jefferson Davis Highway is about a mile south of Dominion Raceway.
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But Col. Mark Brinkman, an active-duty Marine who lives within 2,000 feet of the site, said the proposal presents safety and noise issues for far more residents than those who got Payne’s letter.

For instance, he said, an errant .50-caliber round fired at the shooting ranges could fatally injure a resident up to 4 miles away. He was citing information from a U.S. Marine Corps handbook on shooting range safety guidelines.

“That’s a pretty serious safety concern,” said Brinkman, 50, who owns 73 acres in Plantation Estates. “I’m not saying that’s likely, but the possibility exists. Are our elected officials willing to assume that risk on behalf of the citizens … for the sake of a private company making profit? Because that’s what it is.” Read more…

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