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WHEREAS, Jefferson County has rural areas where commercial shooting facilities may <br />be appropriate, but where emergency services are scarce and adopting a commercial shooting <br />ordinance would promote public safety and preserve precious emergency services; and, <br />WHEREAS, commercial shooting facilities benefit Jefferson County by providing its <br />residents and law enforcement the opportunity to learn firearm safety, to practice shooting, and to <br />participate in amateur recreational firearm sports in a safe, controlled setting; and, <br />WHEREAS, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) finds it is in the <br />public interest to protect and preserve the continued viability of commercial shooting facilities in <br />Jefferson County in the face of increasing population pressure and density of conflicting land uses; <br />and, <br />WHEREAS, the BoCC finds that uniform requirements for the establishment and <br />operation of all commercial shooting facilities in unincorporated Jefferson County would provide <br />assurance of the safe conduct of recreational and educational shooting activities in Jefferson <br />County, provided the regulation: (1) provides for and promotes safety by establishing a permitting <br />procedure and rules for the siting, design and operation of commercial shooting range facilities <br />that safeguards participants, spectators, neighboring properties and the public; (2) does not prohibit <br />or expressly regulate the discharge of firearms; (3) involves measures designed to make the <br />discharge of firearms safe; (4) protects the environment; (5) ensures compatibility with <br />neighboring land use; and, (6) promotes the continued availability of shooting facilities for firearm <br />education, practice in the safe use of firearms, and recreational firearm sports; and, <br />WHEREAS, on December 18, 2017, the BoCC adopted Ordinance No. 05-1218-17, an <br />Ordinance Establishing a Moratorium on Commercial Shooting Facilities in Unincorporated Areas <br />of Jefferson County (the Moratorium); and, <br />WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 05-1218-17 was amended by Ordinance No. 01-0220-18 to <br />allow noise testing during the Moratorium; and, <br />WHEREAS, the BoCC finds that resident and property owner input and careful analysis <br />of the uniform requirements for commercial shooting facilities should be obtained before <br />legislation imposing uniform requirements on commercial shooting facilities can be adopted by <br />the BoCC; and, <br />WHEREAS, as required by the work plan in Section 6 of the Moratorium and with the <br />assistance of the Review Committee established by the Moratorium staff timely has provided to <br />the BoCC a draft ordinance for consideration; and, <br />WHEREAS, the BoCC has held a hearing and has received public comment on the draft <br />ordinance proposed by staff that was prepared with the assistance of the Review Committee; and, <br />WHEREAS, in response to the public comment and testimony, additional improvements <br />to the draft ordinance have been made, <br />2 of 41 <br />