Wildomar wants public input on proposed gun range

This artist’s rendering shows what the proposed Wildomar Shooting Range/Academy on the southeast corner of Mission Trail and Bundy Canyon Road would look like when completed. City of Wildomar photo

The city of Wildomar opened a monthlong public comment timetable Tuesday, Nov. 5, by releasing the initial study and mitigated negative declaration for the proposed Wildomar Shooting Range and Academy to be located at the southeast corner of Mission Trail and Bundy Canyon Road.

In an email distributed to the community, the city provided links to the study and informed that all comments on the project must be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The shooting range will include the construction of a 38-foot tall, two-story indoor shooting range and academy with a first floor spanning 29,286 square feet. An additional 5,503 square feet on the second floor will add up to 34,789 square feet at the facility.

The range will have more than two dozen range lanes in addition to a law enforcement gun range and tactical training area.

An existing vacant residence and associated structures would be demolished if the project gets the go-ahead from the city.

According to the project summary, “the first floor of the building would include offices, training and range areas, a lobby, gunsmith and storage, shipping and receiving.”

Classrooms, a VIP lounge, storage, employee restrooms and lounge area will be located on the second floor.

A biofiltration basin would be built to handle the water quality volume for the site and 7,405 square feet of landscaping would be installed as well.

There will be 77 total parking spaces, including four Americans with Disabilities Act spaces and one van accessible space.

If approved and completed the Wildomar Shooting Range and Academy would be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Clients would be able to access the facility from Bundy Canyon Road and Mission Trail, with the latter being a right-in and right-out only access driveway.

The Wildomar City traffic engineer evaluated the long-term traffic needs for Bundy Canyon Road and determined that a proposed reduction from six lanes to four lanes to be justified.

The city would have to approve a General Plan Amendment to the Circulation Element to make the change to the roadway.

All of the documents associated with this study and proposal are available at www.cityofwildomar.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=9894827&pageId=16172005.

Residents who would like to submit a comment on the project should email mbassi@cityofwildomar.org or bring a hard copy of their comments to Wildomar City Hall at 23873 Clinton Keith Road, Suite 201, in Wildomar by Dec. 4.

For questions, call Wildomar planning director Matthew Bassi at (951) 677-7751, ext. 213.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.