Board rejects appeal over shooting range
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2009 2:00 am | Updated: .
By LYNNETTE HINTZE/Daily Inter Lake | 0 comments
Opponents of a shooting range west of Whitefish on Oct. 6 failed to convince the Flathead County Board of Adjustment that the shooting facility violates zoning regulations.
Tally Bissell Neighbors Inc. earlier this year filed a zoning complaint with the county Planning Office, alleging that Bill Hayes, the Texas businessman who initiated construction of the private range, did not establish a use prior to zoning put in place in October 2007 and therefore doesn't have a nonconforming use, so the shooting range is illegal.
Even if Hayes had established a use as a shooting range, the neighbors maintain he has illegally expanded that use into a "daily nonstop organized barrage of continuous explosions," said Eric Kaplan, a Columbia Falls lawyer representing the neighborhood group.
The shooting range is located off Farm to Market Road, directly across from the Tally Lake Road turn-off.
After County Zoning Administrator Jeff Harris on Aug. 4 ruled Eyrie Shotgun Ranch did not violate zoning regulations, the neighbors appealed Harris' decision to the Board of Adjustment.
The board denied the appeal...