One more appeal set for Seabeck gun range
June 11, 2008 · Updated 10:52 AM
"A Central Kitsap man will learn March 27 what kind of gun range Kitsap County will allow him to build on Seabeck Highway.The County Commissioners set that date for announcing their decision on Lloyd Harris' appeal Monday of conditions on his plans for a target practice facility.Through a series of hearings and appeals on the project beginining in August 1997, the county has ruled that the range must be indoors and contain firing tubes that fix the position of weapons as they're fired. Officials also want the site to be fenced.Harris contends those and other conditions don't make sense, according to his attorney, Bill Broughton. The requirement that the range be enclosed and include firing tubes is especially unnecessary, the lawyer said.He's willing to do one or the other, Broughton told the commissioners. The private range, which Broughton said would be used only by Harris' family and guests, is proposed for a 2.5 acre site Harris owns at 8156 Seabeck Highway, about 300 feet north of the Newberry Hill Road intersection.Darryl Piercy, a senior land-use planner for the county, said the conditions on the range are fair and are intended to protect a school and private homes that are downrange from where the target facility would stand.The commissioners made no comments on Monday's testimony. They said they will review the case before issuing their decision."