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Gunsmith shop in Clarksville clears hurdle

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2013
The Clarksville Planning Commission has recommended the approval of a special use permit for Gregg Garrett to operate a gunsmith and firearm transfer business from his residence at 102 Mansion Drive in Clarksville.

The recommendation was forwarded to Clarksville Town Council for a final decision. Council most likely will consider the permit request at its regular monthly meeting on February 19.

The Planning Commission placed several restrictions on Garrett’s request, including:

No signage promoting the proposed business will be permitted on the property or in any other location;

Only two non-residential, business-related vehicles will be allowed on the property at any one time;

Garrett will not keep any inventory for perusal or sale at the site;

Garrett agrees to submit to periodic inspection by the Clarksville Police Department to ensure compliance with the restrictions.

Before Garrett can open his gunsmith and firearm transfer business, he must obtain appropriate licensing from the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms office in Virginia.

Planning Commission members, including Chairperson Linda Davenport, Vice Chair Connie Torres, Dick Burnett, Harrel Parker, Carol Kiser and Interim Zoning Administrator Glenn Jurczyk, received five letters in support of the proposed permit and one in opposition. During the public comment period, two of Garrett’s neighbors, Dawn Wilson and Betty Rae Norwood, as well as Clarksville resident Irene Chapman, spoke in opposition to the permit request. Neighbor Eddie Dodson and area resident Richard Garrison spoke in favor.

According to Davenport, the stated opposition centered largely on the type of business proposed, not the reputation or integrity of Garrett.

Only one Commission member opposed the request. Burnett said he did not believe in approving spot zoning requests in residential neighborhoods.

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