Stop the Gun Shop!

Stop the Gun Shop!

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Sedra Ketcham started this petition to St. Joseph County Zoning Board

Attention Neighbors of Knollwood West!

Homeowners located at 17101 Barryknoll Way, Ethan McGowan and Katherine Woolard, are seeking special zoning to allow a gun shop/ gun smith shop at their home. 

This home is located in Knollwood West but is on the line for Knollwood proper. Both neighborhoods have covenants that clearly prohibit the type of business the petitioners seek to operate in their home. Granting the petition would violate the Purpose of the Residential Zoning Ordinance and the Covenants. Moreover, the Knollwood West Homeowners Association Board of Directors have unanimously determined that allowing a gun shop/gunsmith shop would constitute an “annoyance and a nuisance”.

In addition, many of the neighbors in the vicinity of the dwelling where the proposed gun shop would be located concur with the Board’s decision. The neighbors in the adjoining Knollwood Subdivision who live near the proposed gun shop oppose the petition as well. 

It is clear that if the gun shop business is allowed then there will be customers coming to and going from the house to buy “hunting and sporting arms and accessories”.(Petition, Special Use Information (1)). There is no practical way to determine when and how many customers might be at the home parked in the driveway or in the street on any given day or time. Moreover, the Covenants clearly state that NO COMMODITY CAN BE SOLD ON THE PREMISES. And that is the sole purpose of the business! The Covenants and Zoning Ordinance sec. 154.002(C) clearly prohibit the sale of a commodity on the premises. 

Allowing guns and accessories to be sold at the dwelling is not clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the home as a dwelling. Because of the number of customers coming and going to the house, there would be no way practical way to determine if a non-family member is employed and if the house is used as a gunsmith shop, mechanical and electrical equipment would most certainly be used which is another clear violation of the Covenants.

The same type of activity would occur at the gun shop as would occur at the types of businesses the Covenants specifically prohibit. There is no difference except for the type of product or service being provided.

For all the foregoing reasons, the Petition must be given an unfavorable recommendation. Please join us in opposition--let our voices be heard!

There is a public hearing scheduled August 11th at County-City Building at 1:30pm. Please see the attached photo for more details. Representatives from our HOA will be present as well as from Knollwood proper's HOA. We encourage you to attend as well or send them a letter voicing your opposition. Please sign this petition as our voices are loudest together!

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