Ontario wind power faces test over property values

by Dave Seglins and John Nicol, CBC News
Ontario’s wind power strategy will go under the microscope Tuesday in Eastern Ontario in what could be a precedent-setting case over the impact wind farms have on local property values. Edward and Gail Kenney, retired civil servants who’ve lived on Wolfe Island for 48 years, are appealing their property tax assessments, set at $357,000, arguing that the 86 wind turbines erected around their home have driven down their property values and should be acknowledged in their tax bills.  Read article

5 thoughts on “Ontario wind power faces test over property values

  1. I suspect the Kenney’s will end up losing their fight – there’s too much money (both private and public) invested on the other side for anything like justice to prevail. Just yesterday I gathered up the buyout and resale data that I’ve come across – a total of 6 properties – and posted the not-so-surprising results at http://windfarmrealities.org/?p=1298. As for Wolfe Island, I’d previously gathered up all the MLS sales and plotted them at http://windfarmrealities.org/?p=1182.

    • This is only the begining. The more IWTs the more problems and more trouble down the road.

  2. Check out the trash talking press release from CanWEA about property values, where they rely on the old trick of ignoring the difference between agricultural vs. residential/recreational property.

    “It is promising to hear that the value of agricultural property has increased in most regions of Ontario, especially in areas like Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex where wind energy has also enjoyed significant growth over the past few years,” said Chris Forrest, vice-president of communications with CanWEA. “This would seem to run contrary to claims made by opponents that wind energy has decreased property values. Chatham-Kent, for example, has enjoyed a significant increase in farm land value in 2011 while also seeing several new wind farms come online.”


    • Ignores the fact that people don’t have to live on IWT land but only need to work the land to produce crops. Just be damned to neighbours affected/living near IWTs.

      • Drive out IWT affected neighbours and get their property cheap.

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