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Disclosure of Wind Energy Proposals

Good Morning.

I have had the following comment / question posted on the comments board.

“Since you have indicated that you talked to some real estate agents in the eventuality of putting your house on the market, I wonder whether or not the seller has to disclose the possibility of the presence of a Windmill Farm nearby in the near future. If so, it would already have an impact on the saleability of the house. What would be the percentage of the decrease? And have the real estate agents noticed an increase of people wanting to leave the area?”

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August 26, 2008 Posted by | Comments, Issues, Prince Edward County, Property Prices | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Letter’s to the Editor.

Hello All,

Here are a couple of letters I have sent to local Prince Edward County newspapers this Week. There were a few minor variations between each letter!

 

Dear Editor

I attended the lively Wind Energy information meeting on Wednesday 20th August kindly hosted by Mayor Finnegan which he said will be the first of many. Can I use this well read newspaper to thank “Jim Vanden Hoek,”the Mayor of Frontenac Islands (including Wolfe Island) for painting such a contrasting picture between there and the successful agricultural and creative rural economy of PEC. Also thankyou for showing us the misty aerial pictures that made Wolfe Island look a somewhat bleak, desolate and baron place. I came away with the distinct impression that Hoek gave his support for enormous 2.3 MW wind-turbines because his local economy had nothing left, that the 8 jobs for the community the project would bring would not be at the risk of anything else – that for the 3000 or so summer residents it was just tough luck if they were affected. I cannot recall Hoek making any mention of Green intention or conscious.

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August 25, 2008 Posted by | County Wind Projects, Info, News, Prince Edward County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

By-Law 900-2002, protecting us against unusual noise, vibration, lights

Hello All

I decided use a question during a Public Meeting on 20th August 2008 featuring presentations about wind energy, to draw attention to the County of Prince Edward  By-Law 900 – 2002. It protects residents and businesses on PEC from unusual noises, vibration and lighting;  I just don’t see any reason in wasting huge amounts of time and money and risking the reputation of PEC, social division if this by-law would make PEC a non starter for large scale on-land industrial wind mining projects.

 

No Need to comment....! (mayor right)

No need to comment....! (mayor Finnegan right)

 

So will the council change the by law? I pose this conundrum to you all…

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August 21, 2008 Posted by | by-law 900-2002, County Wind Projects, Info, Issues, Noise | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“By-Law protects rural tranquility”

Good Morning from “Bethel (The house of God!) Road.” 

If you live on or have visited the “artistic haven” of Prince Edward County I am sure that you value the kind of peace and tranquility that it offers, such as this misty rural scene and big sky, that I photographed near my Sophiasburgh home, Ontario, last week.

 

"Big Sky Power"

"A Big Sky on Bethel Road"

 

A page on the PEC municipality website 1 features a 2008 Queens University report. 2 This highlights the beautiful un-commercialized “County” scenery as an important part of the “Place Factor” the driving force behind the creative rural economy that has driven PEC to success over recent years, adding an estimated $65million (2006)in additional annual revenue to the local economy  (worth over $5000 per household!)

Alongside traditional agriculture, accolades such as Ontario’s Gastronomic Capital 2008 3 peace and tranquility certainly appear to be a key part of a very valuable rural economy, one worth protecting. Fortunately for PEC residents, a local by-law 900-2002 4  does just that. It protects homes from unusual annoying noises, flashing or twinkling lights and ground vibration.

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August 20, 2008 Posted by | by-law 900-2002, Issues, Noise, Photographs, Prince Edward County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Effect of Wind Farms on Local House Prices

Location, Location, Location – the three golden words of property value. Improve elements of the location and it figures that house prices go up, reduce them and my home is less desirable so it would figure that the price some is prepared to pay will go down.

Therefore if large scale wind farms are Good things we should see increasing values, if they are bad then one can conclude that the reverse should hold.

It goes without saying that all wind turbine companies report that we should not feel concerned about the values of our houses dropping if wind farms are built close by or turbines appear in our view. Yet the No camp state the reverse. With some fairly in depth reports mentioned this should be a simple a essay, a good place to to start a detailed examination of the pros and cons of wind turbines.

But life is never that simple!

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July 31, 2008 Posted by | Property Prices | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment