HINCKLEY TWP. –– To Kevin Meyer, the incomplete structure in the backyard of a house near his home on Country Brook Drive looks like stadium bleachers.
“I don’t think they understood zoning,” Meyer, a Hinckley resident, said Tuesday in reference to the structure he sees from his home. “It ended up … affecting a lot of homeowners.”
Meyer objects to the current structure, which is the beginning of a project to install solar panels on their property, and took his concerns to township trustees. It was then that trustees learned that Hinckley has no legislation in place for those who wish to install and use alternative energy technology
But now, with the help of the township’s zoning commission, there soon will be.
“We don’t want it to happen again,” Meyer said. “You’re looking at stadium bleachers in a beautiful neighborhood on large acreage.
“He should’ve known better, but didn’t. … Anyhow, I think the legislation that will be put in place will prevent this from happening in the future.”
Attempts to reach the owner of the property with the solar panels have been unsuccessful.
The resident received an order from the township to stop working on the panels until trustees could discuss the issue further.
Township officials said they are continuing discussions on the alternative energy legislation.
“I just want to mention that (the zoning commission) has approved (legislation) and are forwarding it off to the trustees,” Trustee Ray Schulte said. “They had their hearing with a potential vote in the regular meeting.”
A public hearing on proposed legislation, which will change the township’s zoning code, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.
At the hearing, community members will be able to share their opinions on alternative energy and the legislation.
“Generally speaking, I favor alternative energy,” Trustee Becky Lutzko said. “Generally speaking, those types of things I think are positive but, how that fits into Hinckley, I’d like to hear public opinion before ultimately rendering a decision.”