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Vandalia shooting range seeks votes for ordinance

An ordinance to allow the Miami Valley Shooting Range to continue indoor operations will be considered by Vandalia city council tonight, according to city spokesman Rich Hopkins.

The shooting grounds operate an indoor shooting range, indoor retail store and indoor firearms training center. As currently zoned, these indoor commercial uses are not permitted under the agricultural zone, Hopkins said.

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The shooting grounds has requested a planned unit development final development plan to allow the grounds to keep agriculture zoning, Hopkins said.

A PUD would allow the property to remain zoned as agriculture, but would also allow 30 percent of the area to be used for purposes permitted by city zoning code but not allowed under the agricultural zoning. All the indoor uses and the ancillary parking occupy about 20 percent of the shooting ground’s total area, according to Hopkins.

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The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight at city hall, 333 James E. Bohanan Drive.

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