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Gun school proposal withdrawn; hearing cancelled

by Larry Chowning

Middlesex County Zoning Administrator Wally Horton reported on Wednesday, February 25, that he had received a letter from Williamsburg attorney Vernon Geddy that Ricky Abbott of Jamaica and Off Road Training Inc. (ORT) will no longer pursue an outdoor shooting range in the Jamaica area of Middlesex County.

Instead, Abbott wants to build an indoor shooting range in Jamaica and this will require a new application process.

“I do not anticipate a public hearing until everything is shipshape and the applicant has dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s,” Horton said. “We will have to go through the entire process again, and go before the planning commission and board of supervisors. We’ll have meetings with Mr. Abbott to clarify any vague points and any other clarifications that need to be explained.”

A public hearing on the special exception request for the firearms training school, which was set for Tuesday, March 3, has been cancelled, Horton emphasized.

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posted 02.25.2015

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