In a decision released Wednesday, Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson upheld a decision by Bowling Green's City Commission and the Planning Commission to rezone 236 acres of land for the Transpark.
The rezoning decision was contested by Warren County Citizens for Managed Growth, a Transpark opponent group, who claimed both commission were biased in their decision-making, and charged the governing bodies didn't follow proper procedures.
This case was the 2nd such case involving a protest of Transpark rezoning, both protests have been denied by Circuit court judges.
ITA Finance Director Brian Dinning says his group has spent more than $150,000 in taxpayer money in legal fees to fight the 2 cases. "It's very frustrating, you know?" Minning said. That figure doesn't include the additional costs to the city to defend the city commission and the planning commission.
"This money could be used to fund an environmental system, which we've got a state-of-the-art groundwater retention system which captures water from all impervious surfaces," Dinning says.
Transpark opponents have consistently argued that the project is bad for the local environment, and say it would do long-term economic harm. One Transpark opponent who spoke to WBKO on Wednesday afternoon says his group still believes in its cause. He says despite the taxpayer cost involved, the long term ends will justify their means.