Never mind the neighbors
All of these Greene County homeowners moved here to enjoy the quiet area and rural scenery, buying land and building homes on good sized lots next to agricultural and residentially zoned areas not too far from Ruckersville city center.
Tranquil. What could go wrong?
Then, one neighbor managed to get county permission to start a gun shop business on his private property (unbeknownst to the majority of neighbors) and the slippery slope of altering the nature of the entire area had begun. This gun range proposal is a direct result of the gun shop owner wanting to expand his business in a way most convenient for him: Agricultural land his family already owns and no commute – he’ll be able to walk from his home to his gun shop and adjoining gun range on the farm property next door.
But what about the neighbors?
Never mind the neighbors.
Let’s meet some of the neighbors
283 London Court
Here’s the view from 283 London Court. These Greene County homeowners can look forward to gazing out over a narrow pasture to a 20-lane, outdoor gun range with “room to grow”. The retired couple that live here are actually trying to sell their beautiful home. One can only imagine the prospective buyer’s expression after touring the home and then having the real estate agent say, “…and I have to mention the possibility of a gun range being right over there”?
141 London Court
Pictured here are two properties just east of the proposed site, with a small tract of land separating them from the proposed shooting range. The home at 141 London Court was built about 10 years ago and the homeowner added the pool house later, building it from the ground up with his own sweat and blood. Now, the homeowners may have a great view of a gun range and the kids may be swimming in their pool to the sounds of constant gunfire. Oh, and there’s that not so little thing about home investment and equity dwindling. So much for home improvements.
The vacant property being advertised next door might be a tough sell too: “Picture your home here, Premiere Subdivision, 2 acre lot, Blue Ridge Mountain views….with the sights and sounds of a 20-lane outdoor gun range coming soon right next door!”
179 London Court
This home was just built. These unfortunate homeowners may be enjoying their beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views with a 20-lane outdoor gun range in the foreground. They get gunfire along with the immediate depreciation of their home. What is that saying about buying a new car? It depreciates thousands of dollars as soon as you drive it off the lot? In this case, it’s tens of thousands of dollars and it’s people’s homes. Homes which are, in many cases, the main investment for theirs and their children’s future.
These are just three homes near the proposed site. There are numerous homes even closer and there are over 100 within a 1/2 mile radius. One can do the math and see that loss in property values of all those homes will significantly outweigh any additional revenue this business can bring into the county.
But besides the crushing monetary loss these families face, it’s just wrong to do this to so many Greene County citizens’ way of life.
That just plain isn’t neighborly.