Helicopters?

To the Editor:

I was totally shocked Monday night, Aug. 5, when the village of Elkhart Lake trustees voted to rezone property in the village to allow a helicopter service to be based in the village. There were no advantages for the village in rezoning but many adverse consequences. Actually, the trustees overlooked the board’s own 20-year comprehensive plan in approving rezoning. The many, many voices who did not want helicopter operations with maintenance functions and shuttle services in our small community were ignored.

The rezoning will likely mean a loss in tax revenue because a sizeable number of homes in nearby building sites will not be started because of the close proximity to the helicopter complex. Property values will certainly fall. Significant noise pollution will occur. The charm and tranquility of Elkhart Lake will suffer.

The Planning Commission had previously recommended approval of the rezoning to the trustees but oddly did not take into consideration the factors that the zoning ordinance lists as criteria for determining if a rezoning request should be granted.

Beverly B. Nelson


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