Greenlight for gun range expansion

Regional district signs off on ALR exclusion application

Peace River Regional District directors have OK’d a plan to expand the Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club.

At its Oct. 13 meeting, the board gave its blessing to remove 24 hectares of land east of Dawson Creek adjacent to the club’s existing gun range from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).

The parcel, a forested area located on a bend in the Pouce River, could soon be home to additional shooting facilities.

According to an application to remove the land from the ALR reviewed by the regional district, the club would like to expand to potentially include additional gun ranges, sporting clay and trap shooting courses, target shooting, an archery range, walking trails and a playground.

While the parcel is in the land reserve, the report notes it has little potential for agriculture due to location and soil quality.

The regional district’s approval does not mean the land will come out of the ALR. The final decision rests with the province’s Agricultural Land Commission.

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