That's because a request for a special land use permit was tabled Monday night by the Grand Haven Township Planning Commission.
Gun club officials hoped to start construction right away on the proposed improvements, but they will now have to wait until a set of questions posed by township officials is answered.
The rifle and pistol ranges at the 160th Avenue facility have been closed since a Sept. 29, 2011, incident when bullets from the facility flew into the nearby Cutter Park subdivision and landed in houses and a construction worker’s arm. Officers from the Grand Valley State University Department of Public Safety were participating in training exercises at the time.
Gun club spokesman Curt Walburg said members of the shooting club have been working for two years to come up with a plan to make the right improvements so that no bullets ever leave the grounds again. He made a presentation on those proposed improvements to about 45 spectators at Monday's township meeting. Many of them were from the Cutter Park subdivision, which is about a half-mile east of the gun club.
One of those residents, Marc Eickholt, said he's glad the board is going to be taking a closer look at the plans.
“It’s a relief,” he said.
Eickholt questioned the plans, noting that some of them didn’t match up to specifications noted by papers written by the consultant who designed the range improvements.
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