Gun range goes public

A proposed private gun range in rural Lumby has overcome another major hurdle

A proposed private gun range in rural Lumby has overcome another major hurdle.

Sound levels were recently tested at a property on the five-kilometre mark of the Burnyeat Forest Service Road in Trinity Valley.

“We will now proceed with a public hearing,” said Rick Fairbairn, Regional District of North Okanagan chairperson.

The RDNO board previously had given two readings to rezoning and official community plan bylaws to allow for the gun range. But a public hearing couldn’t occur until sound levels were tested.

“The sound measurements taken May 18 confirm that the sound levels emitted by firearms used at the proposed shooting range are below the permitted sound levels,” said John Friesen, bylaw enforcement officer, in a report.

The concept for the facility, which would be on 1.48 hectares of a 129-hectare site, first arose in 2013.

No date for the public hearing has been established.