Planning panel OKs Izaak Walton League permit

NEW ULM – The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved with changes Monday, the Izaak Walton League’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP), allowing use of rifle, small arms shooting and archery ranges in Sigel Township.

Permit changes approved include keeping all rounds or ammunition within property lines. The range will be closed from noon to 5 p.m. the first and third Sunday from May through August. Operation hours may be modified if the Izaak Walton League and adjoining property owners Daniel and Lisa Schneider agree.

Planning Commission staff will review changes with the Brown County attorney prior to the Feb. 19 County Board meeting.

Other recommended changes are liability insurance at a minimum of $500,000 for property use as a shooting range, verified with a current Certificate of Insurance on file in the Brown County Zoning Office. A current Certificate of Liability Insurance surpassing that amount was part of the planning commission meeting packet.

The property entrance gate must be locked when the shooting range is not in operation. Range operation hours shall be limited to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or sunset (whichever is earlier) without supervision, April through October. With supervision, 6 to 10 p.m. June through October, (extended to April-October if June-October limited period interferes with law enforcement licensing requirements).

Range operation hours with supervision may extend to 10:59 p.m. up to 10 days a year with three of those days extended to 11:59 p.m. Supervision is defined as at least two law enforcement personnel present at range.

Daytime public use of shooting range is allowed in Izaak Walton League-sponsored and organized events. Range operation events are limited to six annually-sponsored events that include non-members, and one annual Minnesota State University, Mankato event. Club-sponsored or law enforcement fire arms training are not included in these six events.

The Commission unanimously approved:

Duane Roiger’s CUP continuing to allow up to 500 AU (500 head) in a North Star Township beef finishing operation in the A-1 Agricultural Protection Zoning District.

Richard Mauer’s application amending existing CUP allowing existing feedlot expansion from 2,400 head (720 AU) to 4,800 head (1,440 AU), construction of a new confinement barn and an 8-foot deep manure storage area, continued use of an existing confinement barn and manure storage area in a hog- wean-to-finish operation in the A-1 Agricultural Protection Zoning District.

The County Board must approve the recommendations of the planning and zoning commission before they become final.

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