Curtis withdraws proposal for NK tactical range

Curtis Security Consulting Inc. has withdrawn its conditional-use permit application to build a tactical facility after Sen. Tommy Norment sent the New Kent Board Supervisors a letter opposing the plan.

A letter dated Friday from R. Edward Railey III, attorney for Curtis Security Consulting Inc., to New Kent County planning manager Kelli Le Duc states that the conditional-use permit application is to be withdrawn and taken off the Planning Commission agenda for Monday.

Norment sent a letter to the New Kent County Board of Supervisors Thursday stating that he “firmly believes” the county should reject Curtis Security Consulting’s tactical facility land use permit.

Norment wrote that he believes it is in the best interest of New Kent and Barhamsville residents for the board to reject the land use permit, “given the intense scrutiny and trepidation that both residents and businesses have for this project, and the specific concerns they have expressed.”

He said the matter has generated significant concerns from many residents.

“A number of our shared constituents have contacted my office to voice their apprehension with the potential approval of this facility,” Norment stated in the letter. “As a former member of the James City County Board of Supervisors, I understand and appreciate that this is a local land issue.”

The proposed facility would have been built on 266 acres the company owns at 4401 Barhamsville Road, located behind the post office.

As proposed, it would have included four shooting ranges, an off-road driving course, two hard surface driving courses, one unimproved road course and minimal housing for military, law enforcement, government and other agencies to pursue training in firearm use and safety, safe and secure driving and counter surveillance, according to the permit application.

A Barhamsville resident opposition group named No Combat Range New Kent cited noise, safety and location concerns. In an interview, group member John Lockwood said the facility is a serious concern to him and his fellow residents.

“This is our neighborhood and we aren’t going to put up with it without a fight,” Lockwood said.

Curtis Security Consulting Inc. could not be reached for comment.

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