Shooting range, grocery store hearings in EHT on Monday | Money

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Some big projects are set to be considered by the township Planning Board on Monday night, including a controversial clay shooting range proposed by Hidden Creek Golf Club and a new grocery store next to the former Trocki Hebrew Academy.

There will be public hearings for both.

Hidden Creek Golf Club LLC is seeking approval to construct a sporting clay course with 15 shooting stations on 30 acres of its 740-acre parcel on Asbury Road. There is also a hearing on a plan to allow construction of a 35,962-square-foot Lidl grocery store, a discount chain new to South Jersey and part of the growth of grocery stores in the region.

Hidden Creek Golf Club is an 18-hole private golf course with a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse owned by Ole Hanson & Sons Inc. of Atlantic City. Hidden Creek is asking to replace a previously approved plan to construct 22 single-family homes with the plan for shooting stations.

A report was prepared by ARH Associates, of Hammonton.

Benefits cited in the study include a minimal need for municipal services owing to private ownership.

Unavoidable environmental impacts listed were the clearing of about three acres, the sound of shotguns being fired, and the deposit of lead pellets and clay target fragments throughout the course area.

The study stated the sound levels generated at the range would fall “well within” acceptable standards established by the state Department of Environmental Protection and “mitigative measures” would be employed to address the lead pellets and clay target fragments.

Opponents of the plan who attended the March meeting and are circulating a petition have expressed concerns about safety given the dual presence of a liquor license and the clay-shooting range at the private club.

The property is connected to Miry Run, a major tributary of the Great Egg…

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