SHARPSVILLE – For the past two months, the Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development has been gathering information in hopes of stopping the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm near Sharpsville.
The group hired a Fort Wayne attorney to represent it at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting tonight and has concentrated its efforts on the impact on property values and on health.
CRD President John West said the group will bring in experts to discuss real estate values and the noise generated by wind turbines.
He believes several thousand people will attend the hearing wearing white shirts signifying their opposition to the wind farm.
“We’re confident if the people on the BZA are open to their neighbors, they will turn it down,” West said of the request by juwi Wind for a conditional use permit.
Jeff Hoover, a member of CRD, said he believes the facts speak for themselves.
“Once the facts are presented, the BZA has to vote against granting the conditional use permit,” he said. “I like to think we have the facts. There are issues with a wind farm that the BZA has to recognize.”
West said no matter the outcome of the vote, the CRD plans to attack the county’s zoning ordinance in the future.
“The ordinance was written by the wind companies to protect the wind companies,” he said. “The ordinance needs to be written by the citizens of Tipton County for the people of the county.”
Hoover said if the vote goes in favor of the wind farm project, the group will have to decide at the next meeting what direction to take.
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