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Developer pulls outdoor shooting range project

Shooting range developer Robert Delaney shows his plans for the range at a hearing in April.
Shooting range developer Robert Delaney shows his plans for the range at a hearing in April.

The developer of a propopsed outdoor shooting range in southern Kendall County has withdrawn his special use zoning request from the county.

Robert Delaney was proposing a 24-lane shooting range on his 30-acre property at 16502 Church Road in unincorporated Lisbon Township. Delaney was requesting a special use zoning for the property, and over the course of the past year county officials added about 30 conditions to the special use.

Neighbors of the property had vociferously opposed the shooting range proposal, citing noise and safety concerns. Neighbors also have claimed that Delaney already has been using his property's private shooting range to host lessons and other activities.

In a letter to Matt Asselmeier, senior planner in the county's Planning, Building, and Zoning Department, Yorkville attorney Daniel Kramer wrote that Delaney was withdrawing his petition for the project.

Kramer states in his letter that the cost of proposed lead recovery methods on the site were "extremely expensive."

"There are higher tech applications but to make the project financially sound it would require an intense use of the target practice range far beyond the expectations of my clients," Kramer wrote. "Their primary goal was to develop a facility for family, friends, a professional group as far as safety training classes and to make the outdoor range available at no cost to local law enforcement agencies."

At a Kendall County Board Planning, Building and Zoning Committee meeting June 10, neighbor Greg Peterson, whose property adjoins the proposed shooting range property and who has been one of the more vocal opponents of the project, thanked the county for listening to the neighbors' concerns.

"One of the things about Kendall County is, we're an ag county," Peterson said. "One of the attractions to Kendall County, I think, is that we are ag. In my neighborhood where we live, we enjoy the peace and quiet down there. Anything that can come in and disrupt us bothers us down there. We've had to fight off a landfill, a potential gun range, the Prairie Parkway, all in the past 10 years down there."

County officials currently are reviewing changes to the county's shooting range regulations.

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