Members of the Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsmen's Association want to build a new clubhouse.
But before they can start, they need approval from Providence Township's Zoning Hearing Board.
The group is asking for two special exceptions and two variances to put up the main structure and two smaller buildings on their property at 742 Hollow Rd.
The special exceptions are to permit construction of a clubhouse on land zoned for agricultural use and to provide fewer than required parking spaces. The variances are to allow an indoor shooting range in the clubhouse and to put the parking area in front of the building rather than between the building and Hollow Rd.
If approved, the main building will replace the former 6,600 square foot clubhouse which burned down in December, 2016.
The association's request is the second it has made to build a new clubhouse.
In May, 2017, members went to East Drumore Township's Zoning Hearing Board with a similar request. About a third of the association's 94.9 acres is in East Drumore. The remaining land is in Providence, where the previous clubhouse was built.
The association wanted East Drumore to allow construction of a 22,500 square foot clubhouse and to allow some of the shooting ranges to be oriented toward Buck Rd. (Rt. 372) rather than away from that road.
At the May 23, 2017, hearing, neighbors objected to the increased noise the reoriented range would create.
Ultimately, East Drumore's hearing board rejected the request based on the soil classification of the land. The property's soil is classed as type two and type three. Soils in types one through three are prime agricultural land and the township's zoning ordinance prohibits construction on land with those soil classifications.
Now the association is looking to rebuild its clubhouse near its former structure. The proposed site is across the driveway from its predecessor and will be nearly five times larger.
The proposed clubhouse will have two stories. The upper floor will have 18,100 square feet and the lower floor will have 14,650 square feet for a total of 32,750 square feet. The building will contain storage, meeting rooms, a kitchenette, restrooms, offices, and an indoor shooting range. The township's ordinance requires a special exception for an outdoor shooting range but makes no provision for an indoor range.
There will also be a small open-sided garage and a pavilion.
The township's zoning ordinance requires 164 parking spaces for that big a building; the association wants to have 106 regular parking spaces and five spaces reserved for handicapped drivers.
The hearing is one of three to be held at the township building, 200 Mt. Airy Rd., on Tuesday, July 9. The hearings will begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.