Heritage Wind Farm is seeking to expand the industrial wind turbines in Delta County. How much will property value be diminished as a result of wind turbines? At what cost to Delta County? Delta County implemented a 1/4 mile setback for wind turbines as measured from a dwelling. Heritage Wind Energy would have you believe that there is no loss in value to properties neighboring wind turbines. A May 2014 study by McCann Appraisal and Consulting LLC concluded that wind turbine setbacks of less than 2-3 miles are inadequate to avoid significant loss of value, impaired use, and enjoyment of properties neighboring wind turbines. This appraisal used paired data; sales of similar properties in five locations were compared, the difference being proximity to wind turbines (Google McCann Appraisal, Mason County). Wind industry studies used regression analyses. In a regression analysis the data collected can be manipulated to prove whatever the statistician wants. That's why U.S. courts do not allow regression analysis to "disprove" loss of property value due to wind turbine proximity (Google A nail in Hoen's coffin.).
Common sense says that there is significant market resistance to buying property located in the proximity of wind turbines. Sellers are under duress due to noise, health impacts and nuisance of wind turbines. This dramatic loss of property value (25 - 40 percent) will severely impact the property tax revenue collected by Delta County.
Schoolcraft County ordinance requires a distance greater than 3/4 of a mile from property lines preserving the use of property for the landowner and preventing 'inverse condemnation' from occurring, which is the illegal taking of land.
Encourage Delta County commissioners and the Planning Commission to increase setbacks from the shoreline to 3 miles (recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and 3/4 of a mile from property lines. 1/4 mile is too close.
Steve and Sue Mueller