Vermont top court: Shooting range exempt from land review
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says a Charlotte shooting range is exempt from the state’s land-use review process because it is not a commercial enterprise.
The Burlington Free Press reports neighbors in Charlotte and Shelburne argued that the shooting range was serving a “commercial purpose” and should therefore be subject to Act 250 regulation, which could include noise restrictions.
But In a 3-2 ruling on Friday, the court found the shooting range at the Laberge farm does not need an Act 250 land-use permit because it is not a commercial enterprise.
A portion of the farm has been used as a shooting range since the 1950s. Now law enforcement agencies use the range for training and the property is open to the public. A donation box helps offset costs.