Gibson Co. Commissioners vote to repeal zoning ordinance

Gibson Co. Commissioners vote to repeal zoning ordinance

GIBSON CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Gibson County Commissioners have voted to repeal the zoning ordinance, that had been approved in August.

The ordinance aimed to designate land only to be used for certain things, such as agricultural, residential, commercial and manufacturing.

The zoning law was approved unanimously by the commission last summer, but as new commissioners Warren Fleetwood and Ken Montgomery took over, repealing the ordinance was one of their top priorities this year.

“I don’t think the government needs to tell people what they can do,” Montgomery said.

The ordinance would have prevented wind turbines from being constructed within ten miles of a doppler, as they can cause radar interference.

Commissioner Mary Key, who voted in favor of the ordinance in August and against the repeal on Tuesday, said that removing zoning restrictions could jeopardize the integrity of doppler radar across the region.

“That’s not only Gibson County’s protection,” Key said. “That’s the entire tristate area’s protection.”

Commissioner Montgomery insisted that they would implement different laws that would provide the same level of protection without as much government oversight.

In September a group of Gibson County residents filed a lawsuit in Gibson Superior Court.

The 18-page suit alleges that the county did not follow provisions of Indiana statute (IC 36-7-4) for adopting a comprehensive plan and an initial zoning ordinance for the unincorporated area of Gibson County.

Court records show that lawsuit is still pending.

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