A luxury shooting range has applied for permits in Bothell, just a fraction of a mile away from Woodinville along the Sammamish River.
The SEPA application for Securite Gun Club states that the applicant seeks to construct and operate a 32,000-square-foot indoor shooting range within a two-story building, on the 3.5 acres where three single-family homes now stand.
Stan Kosick, a planner for the city of Bothell, explained that the proposed shooting range is still “very early in the review stage.” After the SEPA review, the gun club still has to go through a shoreline review and apply for building permits.
According to the permit application, Securite Gun Club would have 32 lanes. The application says the “building is designed to be self-contained including noise and air pollution.”
The club’s website, www.securitegunclub.com, says that besides the shooting range, the club will have a pro shop and boutique, classes by certified instructors and a place for gun owners to meet and talk about their hobby. The club will be open to the public, but will also have premium memberships. Securite Gun Club did not return requests for comment.
Shooting ranges are allowed in certain areas of both Bothell and Woodinville, but in the past few years, they’ve caused controversy in Woodinville. In early 2013, when a proposal for an indoor shooting range was brought to the city of Woodinville, the city responded by passing a moratorium prohibiting gun ranges and a list of other uses in downtown Woodinville for six months, according to a previous Woodinville Weekly article.
Now, under the city’s permanent regulations, shooting ranges are only allowed by conditional use permits and only in the industrial district, said Dave Kuhl, Woodinville’s development services director. Those conditions include: being 50 feet from the property line of a residence, having a site plan with safety features and complying with noise limitations. Shooting ranges aren’t permitted in the tourist district overlay, and are allowed only in enclosed buildings.
It’s “fairly restrictive, but not impossible in Woodinville,” Kuhl said.
Bothell also has restrictions for shooting ranges on location and on the times they can make noise.
“We don’t put them next to schools ... residential areas, because they can be loud,” Kosick said. But, he added, “we can mitigate the noise through hours of operation.”
He said the Kenmore Shooting Range is on the border of Bothell in unincorporated Snohomish County. A subdivision bordering the shooting range was built long after the shooting range, so the developer apparently wasn’t concerned with noise.
Bothell’s municipal code says that indoor shooting and archery ranges are allowed in the neighborhood business, commercial business, general business and light industrial zones.
The Securite property, at 12024 and 12030 NE Woodinville Drive in Bothell, is zoned office professional and light industrial, so it’s allowed, Kosick said.
The comment period for Securite’s SEPA application lasts through Dec. 1. The city could make a decision after that point, but will still accept later comments.
The permit application also states that a small portion of the land adjacent to the shoreline is classified as environmentally sensitive, but that the building will be located on the site in a way that shoreline vegetation can be replanted, improving the natural environment.
The site will include 60 parking spaces that could also be used as parking for the Sammamish River Trail.