NIMBY Madness over Paintball Park

3 Feb

The “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) sentiment is one you commonly see in local government. If someone wants to build something that requires a permit, there’s often someone who lives nearby who thinks it is going to ruin their life. Sometimes, the complaints are simply ludicrous.

Case in point: the January 25 Jefferson County Council meeting at which the council considered a rezoning request for a planned paintball facility. Here are some of the public comments, according to the Leader:

  • “There are a lot of elderly people in our neighborhood,” Kristie Wicks said. “A shot in the right place could kill someone.”
  • We have horses and other livestock and chickens,” Jackie Greene said. “They’ll be so spooked (by the noise). They’ll be going crazy.”
  • “It’s a sure thing they’ll [youths] shoot paint at the road signs, stop signs and speed limit signs,” said Greene.
  • “We’ll have people coming across our property carrying something that looks like an assault rifle. You could have a civil war out here,” said Wicks.

Watch out, chickens, old ladies, and stop signs.

Keep in mind as you read the above comments that the county would have required a 100-foot buffer around the facility, which would have been located on a wooded 20-acre lot. But alas, the council gave in to the complaints and nixed the request by a 6-1 vote, killing the paintball proposal, even though the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval. I salute Bob Boyer, the only council member to vote against denying the request. He said:

“To me, it made sense what the petitioners were asking for,” he said. “I understand the questions about traffic and noise, but I think those questions were answered. I didn’t hear any reasons to deny this. These guys own their property, and I think they should be allowed to do what they want on it, within reasonable standards.”

The council will hear another paintball proposal on February 23. What kind of NIMBY madness will we hear then?

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4 Responses to “NIMBY Madness over Paintball Park”

  1. Bob Hohmeier February 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    I called and thanked Bob Boyer for his vote.

    I also called and spoke to Jim Terry, and invited him to my home field where I am part of the house team. The field is similar in size at 22 acres. The owners father actually just built his custom home on a corner of the property. Mr. Terry declined the invitation, as he wanted the weekend to spend with his family. I invited him to physically go to the field during the week to examine the facility, hear how “quiet” the markers are, and to actually see what he could expect in Jefferson County. He was too busy for that. In other words, he didn’t care to take the time to actually become educated on an issue he was deciding.

    Calls to both Renee Rueter and Jim Kasten were not returned.

    The following is a video from my home field of Xtreme Paintball Park.The cameraman, as well as the players you see in purple jerseys are teammates. http://youtu.be/Hub51synxTs .

    This sport is great exercise, and you notice the lack of “loud” paintball markers. In the number of estimated injuries per 1,000 participants, paintball had the LEAST NUMBER OF INJURIES of all the listed sports. The number of injuries for paintball is less by far than bowling, tennis, archery, basketball, and many other sports. http://www.paint-ball.org/paintball/safety_report.htm

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  2. Michael W. February 4, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Sounds like the typical complainants, who probably vote like a bunch of misinformed tools to boot, that have no clue about what they’re actually objecting to. This is the problem with educating people that we’re a democracy, majority rules, but in reality, America is not a democracy where mob rule gets to keep others from doing what they want to do. If that’s the case, then it’s a form of anarchy & tyranny. That’s what happened here, mob rule keeps a few folks from being able to have a park to play paintball in. I suggest all you misinformed know nothings just shut up about your “concerns” and stop feeding the machine with your BS so the government can’t keep depriving the rest of us of our liberty to do what we want. YOUR concerns can be heard but they’re not more important than the rest of us, especially when your ill worded comments have no factual basis in them whatsoever.

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  3. Anonymous February 9, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    It is saddening that the good people of Jeffco never want anything built for our teenage youth, yet don’t want them just loitering around either. Young people need a place to go, let off steam that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg. Give young teenagers somewhere to be. I know there was big hubbub over skate park too at one time. But it survived and the kids go there and they regulate it also. I know from my own teenagers that if someone comes there for trouble or selling drugs, they kick them out themselves. Give YOUNG PEOPLE SOMEWHERE TO BE BESIDES SCHOOL, HOME AND THE STREETS!

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