A military-style training camp planned for the bucolic Shendandoah Valley has some neighbors up in arms.
A local developer recently applied for a permit to construct the Shenandoah Valley Corporate Training Center on a 920-acre farm just east of U.S. 11, reports The Daily News Record.
The training center would include four firing ranges, an obstacle course, road and off-road tracks and a helicopter drop zone. It would serve National Guard units, police and agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
Proponents believe that the sparsely populated, mountainous area makes for an idea location, and that the facility would promote economic development in the region. Residents disagree.
They fear, among other things, the center will create pollution, safety issues and declining property values. A grassroots organization called Keep Shenandoah Rural has been collecting money to hire an attorney.
The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the matter at 7 p.m. May 7 in the board meeting room in Woodstock.