MEQUON — Mequon
residents could soon practice target shooting with their guns and
rifles at an indoor range that a city couple wants to build in the
Members of the
Mequon Planning Commission unanimously approved a text amendment
Monday that would allow indoor sport shooting ranges as a
conditional use in areas of the city now zoned industrial. The
matter was informally discussed by the Common Council Tuesday and
will return for action in November.
residents Mark and Cheryle Rebholz told the Planning Commission that
they want to develop a range to provide a place for area residents
to use firearms. Cheryle
Rebholz said a growing number of individuals are
obtaining concealed-carry permits, but there is “nothing close and
convenient” for them to practice.
She said she has
considered building a shooting range for the past two years.
excited to bring this to our city,” she said. “I looked at Grafton
and Cedarburg. I didn’t want to go there because I live here.”
Mequon’s director of community development, said the request to
consider the zoning change was proposed by Dale Mayr, who represents
District 3 on the Common Council. She said she has been studying the
specifications and requirements in other municipalities as specifics
for Mequon are crafted.
The action now
underway will not lead directly to approval of the project; it
simply changes the zoning code to allow it. Developers would then
come back and present a specific plan, which would be considered.
allowing a range in one of the city’s industrial districts is a
natural fit. The city has two areas zoned industrial. One is the
industrial park near Donges Bay and Baehr roads. The other is near
the northwest corner of the city.
discussion during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, the potential
developers said they had a site in mind just northeast of North Port
Washington and West Donges Bay roads. That area is now zoned for a
business park, not industrial. Council members directed Tollefson to
take a closer look at the proposed location and report back in
Council members spoke against the general concept of a shooting
range during Tuesday’s discussion.
Mark and Cheryle
Rebholz told the Planning Commission they intend to work with a
Utah-based company with expertise in developing shooting ranges as
they move forward. They said that company just completed work on a
range in Richfield.
plans call for a range that would include six lanes appropriate for
handguns and two intended for rifles. The building would have
6-foot-thick concrete walls and an air-handling system that quickly
removes fumes and other materials produced by firing weapons.
zoning change would not allow for the sale of weapons at the site,
although rentals would be available. Commissioners decided to permit
the on-site repair and servicing of firearms.
David Fuchs, a
Planning Commission member, said a shooting range has “long been
needed” in the city. He said there are plenty of people who have a
concealed-carry permit who never have been to a shooting range.
“It sounds like
you’re doing it right with a professional designer,” he said.
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