Articles filed under Property Values from Indiana
Experts disagree about whether the introduction of wind turbines to an area has any impact on property values.
A landowner has the right to install a wind turbine or anything else on his property but he has the responsibility to make sure it doesn’t harm his neighbors. Scientific studies suggest that low-frequency noise from wind turbines, for example, may make people sick ...If that turns out to be true, the landowner should be forced to take steps to prevent such harm,
Acres got into heated arguments with Mary Solada, attorney for juwi Wind, and Tim Ochs, who was representing the leaseholders. Acres asked if juwi was going to argue against a property value guarantee, to which Solada said it was an option. "We're not going to consider testimony to eliminate the property value guarantee," Acres said.
The company proposing to build the Prairie Breeze wind farm in northwestern Tipton County has been denied its request to eliminate a property value guarantee from one of the conditions for the project. Steve Edson, director of the commission, said he made an administrative decision to deny the request.
Though BZA president Jerry Acres said the board doesn't have the ability to determine the property value guarantee, planning director Steve Edson said the board would dictate the terms of any property value guarantee. He said the county attorney would finalize the agreement with juwi's attorneys for board approval.
The Prairie Breeze Wind Farm will be allowed to move forward, as long as its developers guarantee it won't diminish property values and turbines are built at least 1,500 feet from property lines. ...the guarantee of property values is telling juwi to "put up or shut up."
At the center of the battle between opponents and proponents of the Prairie Breeze project is the potential impact on property values in the area. ...Appraiser Mike McCann, representing the CRD, said a wind farm will change the character of the area from residential and rural to industrial and decreases the desirability of selling a residential property.
In Tipton County, developers juwi Wind Energy say there's no data to support the contention that wind farms affect property values. But even the authors of the only comprehensive U.S. study on the subject, a 2009 U.S. Department of Energy-funded look at more than 7,000 properties near wind farms, weren't willing to go that far.
I spoke with the expert juwi had at the open house, Dr. Mark Thayer of San Diego State University. He admitted that the studies do not look at the number of turbines in proximity to the houses. It seems most houses have just a few within a 1-2 mile radius. According to the filed plans, there will be six or seven within a half-mile of us, 17 within 1 mile, and 35-37 within 2 miles! And we are not unique; many other homes around here are in the same boat.