Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Outdoor Shooting Facilities

Scope

Ordinance 20-025 adopted as amended November 17th, 2020.

HISTORY:

On December 1, 2020 the motion to reconsider was Vetoed. 

On November 18th, 2020 a motion was filed for reconsideration.

On November 17th, 2020 the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly held a public hearing on draft code ordinance 20-025, establishing standards and a permit process for Outdoor Shooting Facilities.

On October 5, 2020, Planning Commission Resolution 20-33,  a Resolution of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission recommending approval of an Ordinance adopting MSB 17.68 Outdoor Shooting Facilities in Order to Establish Standards for Commercial, Educational, and Nonprofit Outdoor Shooting Facilities, was adopted, 6-1.

On August 3, 2020, Planning Commission Resolution 20-12,  recommending Assembly adoption of MSB 17.68, Outdoor Shooting Facilities, in order to establish standards for commercial, educational, and nonprofit outdoor shooting facilities, failed 3-3.

On February 18, 2020, the Borough Assembly referred the Outdoor Shooting Range Ordinance (OR 20-25) to the Planning Commission.  

On September 17, 2019, the Borough Assembly signed a resolution directing staff to develop a conditional use permit (CUP) process for commercial, educational, and nonprofit outdoor shooting facilities. This resolution was in response to public concerns over the safety and land use compatibility of shooting facilities located in increasingly populated areas.

PROJECT TASKS:

  • Research outdoor shooting range land use regulation, including, but not limited to, relevant case study research from other municipalities, land use, and design guidelines, noise mitigation strategies, and best management practices for range operation and lead contamination.
  • Draft a code ordinance that establishes a permit process for outdoor shooting facilities.
  • Solicit public comments on the draft code ordinance. Particular effort is to be made to obtain comments from community members with expertise in topics associated with shooting range design, use, and regulation.
  • Incorporate public comments into a code ordinance, establishing a permit process for outdoor shooting facilities to be presented to the Borough Planning Commission for recommendation and Assembly for consideration.

This project does not regulate the discharge of firearms where the property is not open to the public on a commercial, educational, nonprofit, or membership basis.

This project does not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Art. I, Sec. 19, Constitution of the State of Alaska, to bear arms in defense of self or others.

Existing shooting ranges will not be affected by this ordinance unless they are expanded.

 

Project Benefits

This permit process allows for outdoor shooting facilities while also ensuring their compatibility with surrounding land uses. This permit is meant to address potential impacts of outdoor shooting facilities, including, stray bullets, lead contamination, and noise. The permit process will allow for greater public process related to the location of shooting ranges in the Borough.

Project Status

Ordinance 20-025 adopted as amended on November 17, 2020.

Contacts

Project Questions:

Permit Center - (907) 861-7822

Project Docs

Adopted Assembly Ordinance 20-025 (pdf 496.34 KB)   |  1385 hits

IM 20-047 (pdf 51.15 MB)   |  843 hits