FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – In front of a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people, the Franklin Township Board approved support of the Delano Sportsmen’s Club’s request for a conditional use permit to expand into Wright County with three trap ranges.
“The township approves of the request because this is a reasonable use of the land per the land-use plan for an agricultural zone as long as a conditional use permit is granted and if the environmental assessment work that is currently being conducted by and for Wright County come back with a finding of ‘no significant impact/record of decision,’ then our approval is contingent upon Wright County enforcing, as a minimum the following five conditions,” Supervisor Bill McMullen said while making his motion.
First, the motion called for the DSC to hire a certified professional sound engineer to submit a total sound design plan for the combined facilities in both counties. That plan must be reviewed and approved by Wright County, and must demonstrate no net increase in either the average noise level or the peak decibel level using an estimate of spring 2017 and actual spring 2018 sound levels as the baseline, and that the combined facilities modify, build, and maintain to the required specifications to ensure that nearby residents’ quality of life is not negatively impacted.
Secondly, the motion called for the DSC to completely enclose the pistol range at the existing facility.
Thirdly, the motion called for the DSC to not allow any pistol or rifle shooting at the new facility.
Fourthly, the motion called for the DSC to not increase the current client base of law enforcement groups or high school trapshooting teams that use the combined facility. Currently, five law enforcement agencies and the Delano High School trapshooting team use the facility.
Finally, the motion called for the DSC to reduce the hours of operations of the combined facility so the last shot fired is no later than 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday for trap shooting, while rifle and pistol shooting would be limited to no later than 6 p.m. every day, with no outside lights illuminating beyond the trap range, with outside lights completely off within 30 minutes of those time limits.
McMullen’s motion was unanimously approved.
The issue will now return to the Wright County Planning Commission, which continued a public hearing on the matter from March 29 to the Thursday, June 7 meeting.
For more coverage of the township board and planning commission meetings regarding this issue, see Friday’s edition of the Delano Herald Journal.
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people attended Monday’s Franklin Township Board meeting, during which the board approved support of expansion of the Delano Sportsmen’s Club into Wright County, with a number of conditions.