After protest, Rancho Cordova could change rules for shooting range locations

09/02/2014 8:34 PM

09/03/2014 8:43 AM

Rancho Cordova city officials said Tuesday night they can’t prevent the Sacramento Gun Club from opening an indoor shooting range on Routier Road, near a school, church and local park, but they can consider amending the city code to prevent such facilities at similar locations in the future.

Area residents and parents of students at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science, a charter high school, accused the City Council and staff members of a lack of transparency for failing to notify the public when Fite Development Co. sought a building permit for the shooting range.

But Paul Junker, city planning director, said this project, like many others, was consistent with city code and state law, and required only administrative approval, rather than public notice and a hearing before the City Council. The property is zoned for office industrial uses, which include indoor shooting ranges.

“We can’t deny a building permit just because we don’t like the business,” said Councilman David Sander.

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