The national chain applied for a controlled use permit on Aug. 18, and there will be a public hearing to consider the request at the planning commission meeting on Thursday.
According to township documents, the sale of firearms is permitted in the area with a conditional use permit under the following regulations:
-There are only 2 “controlled uses” — which refers to establishments where firearms are sold — within a 1,000-foot radius.
-No controlled use within a 500-foot radius of a residentially-zoned property, but this can be waived if the
applicant submits a validated petition signed by at least 51 percent of persons owning or residing in that area.
-No controlled use allowed within 500 feet of a nursery, primary or secondary school or day care facility.
The request by Dick’s Sporting Goods appears to adhere to the regulations as long as a petition can be obtained from the adjoining residential neighbors, according to township documents. The nearby Meijer store to the west of Dick’s does not sell firearms.
Source: Lizzy Alfs for annarbor.com.