Wolfe Island property assessment reductions of over $3 million

Dear Huron East Council,
Further to my deputation(s) regarding property devaluation by wind projects – I wish to forward some information I finally received from MPAC (as promised) regarding what has happened on Wolfe Island with regard to property assessment reductions.  It hosts the province’s second largest wind farm.  I am including the list of property assessment reductions from MPAC since 2008.  The list shows 78 significant assessment reductions since 2008 (the wind farm became operational in 2009) totaling $3 million in reductions.  The 6 largest reductions are listed below and are situated very close to the turbines themselves and very clearly shows what can happen to property assessments when wind farms are erected around residential areas.  I do not wish to waste council’s time with another deputation-but would like to know what progress has been made with regard to creating a by-law (as discussed) to protect this from happening to Huron East ratepayers (and the municipalities’ tax base)?  It was indicated that proof needed to be provided before attempting to put in place such a bylaw.  I think that I have upheld my end of the bargain.  Many of my neighbours are eager to know if there will be some protection put in place from potentially losing their life savings in their property equity?

Here are the addresses of residents (near the wind project) who were granted assessment reductions of over $100,000 by MPAC in the Township of Wolfe Island from 2008 until Jan. 2012.


  • 82  – Oak Point Rd.:           -$118,000
  • 23 –  Nine Mile Point Rd.   -$143,000
  • 429- Nine Mile Point Rd.    -$119,000
  • 433 -Nine Mile Point Rd.    -$117,000
  • 496 -Nine Mile Point Rd.    -$107,000
  • 136 – Lucas Point Lane      -$101,000

Some of these properties are on Wolfe Island and the rest are on Simcoe Island.  Simcoe Island is located just off the west end of Wolfe Island where the Wind Project is sited (see map attached).  According to an e-mail I received from Gail Kenney (the prominent resident appealing their ARB decision on Wolfe Island) the Wind Project can be seen and heard from most of the south shore of Simcoe Island.  She indicated that property sales have all but shut down on Simcoe Island.  She now has this list from MPAC as well (they did not have it at the time of their ARB hearing)  .Wolfe Island Assessment Reductions

8 thoughts on “Wolfe Island property assessment reductions of over $3 million

  1. Numbers Guy, what would that be compounded/lost over 20 years?

    and I guess this is just the start of MPAC discussions(SP)

  2. Mediai lies about this are stupendous!!
    Media are fronts for political parties and corporate power.
    None of their so-called “reporters” in Toronto and its suburbs have ever stepped foot onto a “wind farm” to know what it is like to live in the vicinity of these giant “war of the worlds” distractions — soon to be over 600 feet in height.
    In short they are ignorant nincompoops acting in lock step to put down rural citizens. At the time of the Dump Site 41 opponents who had their wells filled with impurities it was said by both the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star that they were “rag-tag protesters”. In the meantime, the protesters were on average 40 to 72 years of age long-time farmer families who also were aided by members of Canada’s native community who were also concerned about the purity of water.

    This is a matter of national security when our rights are being pissed on as McGuinty adopts the US policy of urban and rural divisions to make people move into cities while the farm lands become industrialized.
    After 40 years in Toronto and travelling back to Fergus for my weekly sanity I will always prefer the healthier life and lifestyle of the town.

  3. Great breakthru!!! The millage rate/$100,000 assesment will tell what the actual revenue loss is for Simcoe and Wolfe Island properties. Still means property owners took a big loss in the value of their properties.
    These owners must feel terrible.

  4. Hello! who is listening? We need people to care about this; safe in their city homes, enjoying the electricity, and fact that their houses and lives will never undergo such a reduction, we need help to stop McGuinty; At least, McGuinty, buy these houses from us; we can not live here, nor anywhere else until you do.

    • Huron East – the fastest reacting politicians

      Disclaimer: The Municipality of Huron East tries to keep its web pages up to date, however it cannot always guarantee all by-laws and forms are the most recent copies of these documents.

      The makers – and the takers – with no guarantee.
      These little things – still – get me.

    • Best thing right now is to spread this uncovered information about the property tax reductions all over rural Ontario. Make copies and show this to people you know and send these records to the GTA so people there become informed.

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