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Vermont top court: Shooting range exempt from land review

August 20, 2018

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.

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