Whiting zoning board to hear appeal in case on local shooting range

WHITING — The Whiting Zoning Board of Adjustment this Friday evening will hold a hearing for a group of residents who have appealed the town’s determination that they violated zoning regulations by operating a gun range and commercial business on their property without the proper permits.
Nicolas Iocco, Michael and Lawrence Quesnel, and Roger and Blanche Quesnel Revocable Trust, of 299 Stickney Road, submitted the appeal. The hearing will take place on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Whiting Town Hall.
The group is appealing the decision of Zoning Administrator Katharine Briggs, who on May 3 determined that the group had committed three violations. They were, as stated in their notice of violation:
•  “Charges of use, including but not limited to operation of a shooting range and the carrying out of a commercial business operation, have occurred on your property without a valid zoning permit.”
•  “Structures, including but not limited to target shooting structures, have been placed on your property without a valid zoning permit.”
•  “Activities have occurred on your property in violation of the performance standards of the regulations, including but not limited to noise and shooting activities, which pose a nuisance and a safety hazard to neighboring properties.”
After someone receives a notice of violation, they have seven days to cure the violations. Failing to do so may result in a fine of up to $200 per violation per day. If the violations continue, the town has the right to pursue “additional remedies.”
Individuals who have received a notice also have 15 days to appeal the zoning administrator’s decision to the ZBA. In order to do so, one must pay the $150 appeal fee and file a notice of appeal, which includes the name and address of the appellant, a brief description of the property in question, a reference to the regulatory provisions applicable to that appeal, the relief requested by the appellant and why they believe that relief is proper.
Friday’s meeting is open to the public.

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