Solar array not fit for Port area
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.