So­lar ar­ray not fit for Port area

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: VER­NON & MARY LOUISE LEE PORT DE­POSIT

Why should we sac­ri­fice for our neigh­bor’s gain?

We lost $125,000 be­cause we have 10 acres and are try­ing to sell 6 acres across from our neigh­bor’s prop­erty. Our buy­ers didn’t want so­lar panels across from the land though. They did not want to see so­lar panels day and night. It will be hard for us to sell our land now.

We moved here in 1977 and built our first home off Theodore Road. At the time, there were three big farm­houses on Red Toad Road and three on Theodore Road. Red Toad Road was dirt. Now there are 39 own­ers all around us. This is an agri­cul­tur­al­ru­ral area — beau­ti­ful and clean. If we let this kind of busi­ness in here, our taxes will go up and our prop­erty val­ues will go down.

You may want to sell, or have to sell, your prop­erty, but you will not get the de­sired value. No one in their right mind will want to buy near so­lar panels. They are ugly and a great eye­sore. Our land is higher than our neigh­bor’s, and we will see them clearly — 7.5 acres of panels. Think of that out your front door.

We have a small, fixed in­come. We hope to sell 6 acres so we can pay hospi­tal and doc­tor’s bills as well as fix our home.

Grant­ing a re­zon­ing re­quest for the Theodore Road so­lar panel ar­ray would def­i­nitely cre­ate a sub­stan­tial change in the char­ac­ter of the neigh­bor­hood. We strongly urge the Ce­cil County Coun­cil to re­ject this re­quest.

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