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LETTER: Crucible rezoning would be bad for Spotsy

LETTER: Crucible rezoning would be bad for Spotsy

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Crucible rezoning would be bad for Spotsy

The Spotsylvania County Planning Commission will be receiving public comments regarding the request by Team Crucible to rezone approximately 70 acres to Industrial 2.

The citizens of Spotsylvania County need to say “no” to this request, because it will adversely impact the county from a safety, noise, and financial perspective.

An industrial zoning that would allow them to operate a “security training facility” creates an extremely obnoxious and possibly life-threatening neighbor.

From a safety perspective, Crucible training would include firing fully automatic weapons using live ammunition, as well as handguns and shotguns, at their ranges.

While the ranges have berms, there are hundreds of homes just beyond Team Crucible’s property but well within range of the weapons. One stray round could have devastating results.

From a noise perspective, the rezoning would allow them to be exempt from noise pollution levels from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. They would generate noise from live fire training as well as Improvised Explosive Device training. This noise level would be detrimental to humans and livestock near the Thornburg area.

From a financial perspective, the facility would reduce current property values and prevent other, more desirable businesses from opening near an outdoor firing range. Are these the kind of businesses we want in the Thornburg area?

Residential neighborhoods are within a half-mile of the planned ranges. How will the county make up for lost tax revenue as property values decline? Furthermore, how will these property owners be compensated for the loss of property value?

I urge citizens of Spotsylvania County to contact their Planning Commission members and county supervisors to let your voices be heard. You can submit comments to be read at the public meeting or attend in person, but do not be silent on this crucial topic that will have long-term safety, noise, and financial impacts on the Thornburg area.

Wayne Breakfield

Spotsylvania

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