Resolutions are in place to protest neighbors
What a property owner can and cannot do with their land is in dispute. Eastern Howard County is finding that out.
Whether you agree or disagree, restrictions on landowners are in place all around the county to protect especially adjacent properties.
I live in western Howard County on one-and-a-half acres. I cannot raise nor have non-domestic animals on my property. This is in place to protect my neighbors from potential sounds and smells.
East of Greentown, solar company Emerald Green Solar LLC/ENGIE is wanting to lease approximately 1,800 acres to install solar panels. Proposed agreements from property owners would allow ENGIE to install solar panels on their land with lease agreements for 30-plus years: a big financial boom for the property owners and developers. ENGIE estimates of tax dollars to the county and Eastern school corporation of $30 million and $19 million, respectfully. No tax assessment has been done by the county, only from ENGIE.
Opponents and proponents presented their case to the Howard County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The BZA has four items, by law, to base their decision on whether to allow a Special Exception for this use according to Howard County’s Zoning Ordinance.
Allowing a Special Exception, by law, has nothing to do with economics — taxes — to the county or school corporation as some of the BZA members have stated. BZA’s decision must be based on: “allow(ing) a special exception use only when it is clearly a benefit to the adjacent properties.” (Sec.2.03 Howard County Zoning Ordinance, BZA)
If the BZA allows a Special Exception East, what is to stop solar companies from infiltrating the rest of the county. Another company has already shown interest for 2,000 more acres east of Greentown. Look out, western Howard County.
Clee R. Oliver, Kokomo