Friday, March 10th, 2017
….But where the hell are we?….
When faced with a mountain of simultaneous actions and trying to present a level of interest and continuity in the development story we living and are sharing, it is easy to forget to share the obvious message – where the hell are we?
I had received a message from a newly subscribed reader that prompted the fact that I hadn’t actually specified where the shooting facility will be located in Ontario. With some level of embarrassment, it dawned on me that I have maintained a forward look when reporting the latest events for the early subscribers have seen this story unfolding. For those people who may follow us on Twitter @1km_rifle_range and keep up to speed with newsletters they probably have a very close approximate of where this range will be located. However, I realized that I wasn’t feeding into the needs of the new reader or for those who maybe don’t follow both avenues of updates.
Sometimes I just have to take a moment to capture the basics
Are you an interested reader who is intrigued as to where this journey will take us; or a potential range member who is wondering if you are getting your hopes up or in case it may be out of your travel distance.
It’s not unreasonable to know this basic detail so that you can consider whether the travel distance would be equitable to the selection of shooting disciplines, competitions, courses, activities and quality of service. For some 30 minutes travel time to use their handgun on the 25m range is too much; for the next person, travelling 5hrs to shoot a match coming from US because of the quality of competition, is quite acceptable. It’s about value perception.
I am looking forward and excited to be able offer the exact location, down to the GPS coordinates; together with Google maps views and satellite views. Right now I am being somewhat coy about the exact position for one key and very important reason:
We know we have full municipal support for this but the wild card is the public opinion – not that it will stop the range build but more that it could delay or have a cost association. So for the local public to hear third hand and have only half of the information to base some level of reasoning (pro and con) does present a chink in our game plan.
We all want this succeed so we have a fully mapped out public awareness program for the local area public well before the requirements for public address as part of the planning/zoning process. We want the chance to give all the key information and to be able to answer collective and individual concerns they may have. I even intend to go door to door and give them my personal cell number so they know they have a voice and that we care about what they have to say.
In short then, the exact location is being kept quiet for now simply to give us the best opportunity for success and in respect to the local area residents. Hopefully you can understand
However……in fairness to you all …
The location is north east of Beaverton Ontario about 15 – 18 mins or about 20-25 mins south east of Orillia. To give a loose form of triangulation it is north-north west of Lindsay in the order of 30mins. The land just crosses over the border into Kawartha Lakes by about 2km which makes it a lot easier for zoning.
Best access routes would be:
- Hwy #11 / #12 from Barrie and north area corridor
- Hwy 404 / #48 from the GTA/Markham and Newmarket area
- Hwy 401 – #35 – #7 from the Port Hope region
- Hwy #7 – #12 from the Peterborough – Lindsay region
- Hwy 401/407 – #12 from the Scarborough /Markham area
If you are hurriedly signing in and bringing up google maps I would suggest you use the “Western Trent Golf Club” as your point of reference for a guide of time from your current location
As always it is our mantra to be open and honest and share what we can share or give reasoning for the items we can’t be as specific about.
After you have worked out the travel to get to your new club, take another tour of the web site and redefine what you expect from a shooting club and look forward to the drive
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Sunday, January 29th, 2017
The Access Roads
It is funny that in this journey to establish the shooting facility the topics that had been expected to be roadblocks happened to fall into place so far and then of course the reciprocal situation, where the things that could be ‘taken for granted’ turn out to be very difficult or lengthy
In this case, I must admit, I thought perhaps there would be some level of push-back from the local councils but it is fair to say that they have been absolutely superb and supportive for PSC. Right from the front office; the planning department; engineering department and so on, right up to the various levels of authority. We engaged them all the way with very open, very honest dialogue and they reciprocated; seeing that this is a positive event for local employment, the various associated sundry contractors and businesses, local military and LEO Vets and the spin-off beneficiaries of tourism.
The sting in the tail here is that the council, no matter how supportive, is held to local By-laws and detail. In this case it is the unassumed access road by-laws.
Currently the ideal road access direction would be to utilize what is now an unassumed road which is in some disrepair because of lack of care over the last 30 years, which doesn’t portray the image that we want to convey to our membership base. If the range is to offer a polished, elevated feel we want this experience to start when you turn off the main highway.
We have had discussions with the Kawartha Lakes Township engineering department but no matter how much they want to support our efforts they are held, of course, by the rules and regulations of that region. So by regulations it suggests that we have to assume the roadway; build a two lane road with culverts and appropriate camber, slope, minimum curvature of corners, intersection details and a full base and top surface material compaction and thickness, all to the Ministry of transportation standards.
Due to the distance involved; 1300 acres of acoustic barrier does mean a couple of kilometers from the main highway, this equates to a very expensive affair. Therefore, working with our urban planners as well an engineering company, Skelton Brumwell, there has been a full investigation to understand the current roadway construction
We have this week, received the results of the core drilling that was performed along the road length as well as the associated report of drainage, topography and sub-surface constituents down to bed rock depth that can offer a full picture of the current situation. From that of course we can develop a mitigation plan and cost estimates. In plain English; we need to find a way forward that satisfies the Township requirements but does not represent a cost prohibitive deliverable where nobody wins. Ultimately the plan of action is to ensure that the roadway is safe and navigable for both our patrons and emergency vehicles and projects the image that matches our facility and at a cost point that can be sustained.
As soon as we have an acceptable way forward between us (cost and functionality) and the township (the by-laws that they are held to) we can continue to keep the land owners in the loop. We are in reasonably frequent communications but we feel keeping connected with all key players is important – ie no surprises. With that said our next sit down update with the land owners collective is on Feb 9th, At the very least we want to share that we are a force moving forward and definitely not wasting their time. It is tough to get them all in the same room at the same meeting so its important for us to ensure they are hear the same information and direction. We definitely do not want any rug pulled from below our feet at this stage simply due to bad communication.
Our next step then is to meet with the township offices of Kawartha Lakes, to which I will be inviting Mayor Letham should he have time. I do not think we will gain any resolution on the matter at that time but it does put a stake in the ground.
In any business there are cost cutting exercises of course but throughout communications with the township we have made it clear that this is not so much a cost reduction effort, rather, the road issue represents a turning point of financial capability to our project and we have made that clear to all. With the best intensions all round, if this gets out of control it could kill the opportunity and nobody wants to see that.
Keep following along and connect with us here. Should you have any comments on any areas of the facility build that we have not touched on or you feel needs more information we would love to expand on any and all areas that we are able – you just have to ask
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Even though, since mid-September through November, life has been on the road much of the time with my other ‘super-hero’ life (…that pesky work thing that gets in the way of all the fun) we have managed to press ahead with some key factors.
Read on to find the latest updates on the access road debate and the planners we have engaged; hear what Jamie Schmale ,MP has to say about the project; hear about some of the key industry and retail names that have offered outstanding support; and get a teaser of the “Founders Club” coming up soon
Continue reading “Down Range – November” »
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Previously we have mentioned various aspects and features of the range and what we all have to look forward to but the nuts and bolts of things rely on the most basic of elements: the land area it’s self.
Last month it was mentioned that more details of the land would be revealed as there was still some elements that needed to be squared away. Whereas the exact GPS location can’t be offered as yet it is with great enthusiasm that a more granular level of detail can be shared
Continue reading “Down Range – September (late edition)” »
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Until this is actually a ‘bricks and mortar’ location this file is about what is happening is terms of developing the scope of the ranges, competition area and force on force zone; and more importantly, sharing those thought lines in the hope that we get feedback and engagement. Its our way of sharing the excitement of the future opening day and beyond.
Since our focus this last month has been on such key aspects as zoning and connecting the dots with key stake holders in the decision making tree, the list of concepts for the range development that we had wanted to work on is light this month. However there were a few very engaging conversations started that would be exciting to share. Continue reading “Down Range – August” »
Thursday, July 28th, 2016
What’s in it for you?
Without repeating what you can read in the range details of the premier shooting center this section is a great opportunity to touch on some of the exciting things that can happen on the ranges that goes beyond the description of retractable targets, shot string video capture or Go-Pro Continue reading “Down Range – July” »