A request to use more than 50 acres of property in a rural community for an outdoor shooting range was pulled from the Floyd County Board of Zoning Appeals’ docket this morning by the petitioner.
Many property owners near the site — which is located in Franklin Township near the Harrison County border — are opposed to the range because of what they claim are safety issues. The owner of the property, Ryan Ramsey, hadn’t returned messages left by the News and Tribune last week as of press time Monday.
Linda Barksdale, executive plan director of the Floyd County Plan Commission, said property owners will be notified by signs and direct mail if the request is again submitted. It would take some time for the applicant to again solicit a hearing by the board of zoning appeals if he decides to pursue the request, she explained.
“I look at this as a closed issue on that docket number,” she said Monday afternoon.
In a brief e-mail to Barksdale Monday morning, Ramsey thanked the Floyd County Plan Commission for considering the issue, and stated he was withdrawing the conditional use land application “at this time.”
Connie Moon, a Franklin Township resident who lives near the property, told the News and Tribune last week the site is too close to residential areas.
“We want to stress we are not against guns. It’s not a gun issue. It’s about safety for the neighborhood,” she said.