The proposal to turn a defunct golf course into a campground “with ancillary uses,” such as shooting ranges for pistols, rifles and shotguns, has been revised and resubmitted to King George County, Va., officials, according to fredericksburg.com.
The Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday (Sept. 17) to forward the application from Freedom Outdoor Hunt Club to the Planning Commission. Planners will hold a public hearing — the earliest date would be November — make a recommendation, then send the matter to the Board of Supervisors, who will have a second public hearing before making a decision.
Brothers Mike and Chris Ognek are seeking a special exception for the project. The 236-acre parcel is zoned limited agricultural, and campgrounds are allowed on such property. Shooting ranges are not one of the by-right uses, Supervisor Richard Granger said.
Some of the same residents who have spoken against the proposal since they first heard about it more than a year ago again fired rounds of complaints on Tuesday. Six people said the sound of gunfire seven days a week would disrupt the peaceful setting of the former Cameron Hills Golf Course off Salem Church Road, about halfway between U.S. 301 and the Westmoreland County line.
The Ogneks’ company bought the golf course in June 2018 for $850,000, according to county records.
The brothers plan a two-phased approach to the project. The first will include the campsites, improvements to the clubhouse and ranges for firearms, archery and golf. The second phase includes a ropes course, treehouses, observatory, barn-style venue building, sports arena pool and plot farming.
The Ogneks initially considered campsites for RVs, but withdrew that offering out of concern for residents, who were concerned about the traffic the RVs would generate on Salem Church Road.
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