Petition for Woodstock shooting range withdrawn

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Sportsman's Club is no longer seeking to build in Woodstock.

Dominic DeDock, president of the McHenry County Sportsman's Club, defended his decision to no longer pursue the shooting range in an email to the Northwest Herald.

DeBock was seeking a conditional use permit to put two shooting ranges, a paintball course, and miniature golf on the site at Route 120 and Queen Anne Road.

Neighbors in Bull Valley and Woodstock packed McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals meetings to stand against the gun range. Opponents decried nearly every aspect of the project, from sound, to safety, to lead removal.

"Despite our proposed plans to follow all local, state and federal regulations regarding lead removal, noise levels and safety standards, it has become evident that the residences of Bull Valley and Woodstock are unwilling to allow this opportunity for job creation and substantial revenue for McHenry County to proceed," DeBock wrote in the email. "It is unfortunate that in this economy the 8 houses that are within a half mile of the firing line have decided to ignore video and sound data which clearly show the noise levels would be well below that of the noise generated by the traffic on Route 120."

"The majority of other outdoor shooting facilities are located in far more densely populated communities," DeBock, who also owns Marengo Gun and Coin continued in the email. "Those communities not only continue to prosper, but many have also grown in close proximity to those outdoor shooting ranges. I would like to thank the many people for their emails, phones calls and words of encouragement in regard to this project."

– Chelsea McDougall

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