Chocolay Township moving forward with proposal for indoor shooting range

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 8:35 PM EST
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Monday night the Chocolay Township board is moving ahead with a change in ordinance to allow the possibility of an indoor shooting range. The Lake Michigan Armory has plans on setting up an indoor range at their location on US-41.

However, the township ordinance in that area doesn't allow that activity. After discussion in public comment and previously at the Planning Commission the board Monday night voted to move the matter forward for a second reading. Currently many local shooters resort to shooting at gravel pits for target practice.

"I think it's a good opportunity because there are a lot of folks here that are hunters and shooters and they end up having to shoot in environments that are less than ideal, and in particular shooting at the gravel pits is an environmental hazard," said Chocolay Township Supervisor, Richard Bohjanen.

The second reading of the ordinance revision will be before the Chocolay Township Board at their meeting in January. The board also advised the Planning Commission to revisit regulatory ordinance for marijuana establishments.