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#1 User is offline   Big Dave 

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 01:20 PM

Several months ago, Spec Ops bought land in Tooele County that it planned to use
as a commercial paintball field. The Spec Ops property is over seven hundred
(700) acres, and Spec Ops is exploring the possibility of developing a
destination paintball field that would be the finest scenario paintball field
west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, the neighbors have petitioned Tooele
County to ban ALL paintball fields unless they are located in commercially zoned
areas. If the proposed amendment passes, not only will it scuttle Spec Ops
plans for the existing land, but it might just keep all paintball fields out of
Tooele County.

The Tooele County Commission is holding a public hearing on the proposed
amendment to limit paintball in Tooele County. The public hearing will be held
on August 21, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the City of Tooele at 47 South Main Street.
This is your chance to be heard by the Tooele County Commissioners the very
people that will vote on whether or not to limit your access to paintball.
Since it is a public hearing, anyone can attend the meeting and tell the Tooele
County Commission just what they think about limited access to paintball fields.
So if you'd like to keep paintball thriving here in Utah, we suggest that you
turn up at the public hearing and voice your support.

We hope to see you there!

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Is anyone going to go to this. I really feel like I should but I have work and so much on my plate I don't know if I can. Is there any real effect that I could have by going and speaking my opinion.
If it doesn't work out and the law passes, can we petition for zoning change.
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 01:58 PM

I'm in that same situation Dave. Everyone who CAN make this meeting DO IT regardless of whether or not you think you can make a difference or not. One voice all alone may not be heard but many voices together will and you will never have the many without the one. UNITE and let your voices be heard!
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 02:02 PM

View PostGBones, on Aug 18 2007, 02:58 PM, said:

I'm in that same situation Dave. Everyone who CAN make this meeting DO IT regardless of whether or not you think you can make a difference or not. One voice all alone may not be heard but many voices together will and you will never have the many without the one. UNITE and let your voices be heard!


exactly.. go, because if one town/county loses their paintballing rights, it'll only be a matter of time before others try to limit it, which will very much hurt the paintballing community, not to mention aggravate many as well
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:09 AM

View Poststryker2-1, on Aug 18 2007, 03:02 PM, said:

View PostGBones, on Aug 18 2007, 02:58 PM, said:

I'm in that same situation Dave. Everyone who CAN make this meeting DO IT regardless of whether or not you think you can make a difference or not. One voice all alone may not be heard but many voices together will and you will never have the many without the one. UNITE and let your voices be heard!


exactly.. go, because if one town/county loses their paintballing rights, it'll only be a matter of time before others try to limit it, which will very much hurt the paintballing community, not to mention aggravate many as well


Any clue how long the meeting would take?

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 02:58 PM

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 03:00 PM

I'd go if I could drive on the freeway that far... that fast. Retarded though. Banning an innocent sport.

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 06:19 AM

Anyone know what the reasons are on the docet? By the looks of this the only negative outcome would be that SO would have to get the area zoned for commercial use, since well they are using it for comerical purposes. Does SO have a legal department?
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 02:38 PM

View PostArmory, on Aug 21 2007, 07:19 AM, said:

Anyone know what the reasons are on the docet? By the looks of this the only negative outcome would be that SO would have to get the area zoned for commercial use, since well they are using it for comerical purposes. Does SO have a legal department?



1 neighbor (The Hogan Family) who owns a housing development next door (who also paid for the campaigns for 2 of the commisioners and who's son is a county attorney) felt that this would decrease property values. It's essentially a question of Hick Town Justice.

I was at the meeting along with Jared from Bad Karma. There were a bunch of kids there from a Tooele team in SPEC OPS camo!

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 03:36 PM

So did they decide on an outcome? How can they let a biased attorney and biased commissioners have anything to say? From what you say the family has money to lose and thats really the only problem with the zoning as it sits correct? Were there any other residents who rejected the field other than the one family?
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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:53 AM

With all of the kids in the room they decided to look at it further. Translated what that means is...they didn't want to look bad in front of all of those kids and paintballers so they waited until no one was there.

As far as the influence that the Hogan's have...welcome to small town politics...

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 02:17 PM

Then keep the pressure up and don't make them feel comfortable doing anything to "all those kids and paintballers." Basically, put the pressure on such that if they decide to kick SO out of doing the thing they bought the land for, that they won't get a good night's rest.

Basically, go on the proactive, not the reactive. If you only react, then they'll be free to be puppets as long as you aren't reacting.
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