Appraisals expert Ben Lansink of London has told the Huron East Administrative Committee that rural residential property values fall when either turbines are erected, or transmission lines are cut through the landscape. He was addressing the committee, which determines the agendas for regular meetings of Huron East Council on Tuesday.
Lansink has done two studies in Ontario townships where wind farms have located. He says adjacent residential property values fall between 25 and almost 60 per cent. The appraisals expert say the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is technically correct in saying property values haven’t been affected by nearby turbines– its data is four years old.
Lansink says this is an issue that will get bigger when MPAC’s 2012 statistics comes on-line. He says in the case of Melancton Township anyone who bought one of the adjacent homes had to sign a waiver. The appraiser warned that one residence along the Bluewater Highway was rendered uninhabitable by dirty electricity leaking from the adjacent power-lines. Read article and listen