- Matt Mignanelli
The 7-1 decision, issued on Thursday, marked the conclusion of a four-month hearing process that began this spring. That's when Marilyn Ganahl, whose property borders Clark's, appealed the Lincoln zoning administrator's decision to grant Clark a permit to turn a 1,500-by-60-foot swath of field on his land into a private runway. Ganahl, who keeps rescue horses on her farm, was concerned that low-flying aircraft would disturb her animals and reduce property values.
Clark countered that his primary aircraft, a Pipistrel Alpha Electro, had a "nearly silent noise profile" and would cause minimal disruption to neighbors.
Through a Beta spokesperson, Clark declined to comment on the ruling; his attorney did not immediately respond to an interview request. Reached by phone on Friday afternoon, Safar said her client was "pleased with the decision."
VTDigger.org first reported the board's decision.
Read the complete decision below: