Aerial Picture Wind Turbine Homes

200 homes near wind turbines
200 homes near wind turbines
Aerial Picture of Wind Turbine Homes
Bill Carson December 10, 2013 at 07:15 PM
These are the 200 residential homes near the three wind turbines in Falmouth, Massachusetts .See if you can find your home and how do you think it's worth on the Real Estate Market today. Many of the homes are affected by all three turbines most by two. The original wind study for Wind 1 designates 99 homes and the streets that are affected by the commercial "megawatt" turbines poorly sited in residential neighborhoods of Falmouth . No one that belongs to the Friends of Falmouth Wind lives in these neighborhoods nor does any of the five Falmouth doctors that signed a letter saying wind turbines can't hurt you .
R Zweig December 12, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Neither do you, Frank, live in the area described by the map or for that matter not even in Falmouth. Nevertheless, I'm sure Falmouth's residents will be pleased to see your posting of the map, for it gives a clear idea of the number of property owners who have complained about the municipal turbines. What you fail to note is that within 1/2 mile of those turbines only 19 of 168 property owners have complained. Those properties are shaded by dark green. The other property owners have no issue with them, and many are proud Falmouth put the turbines up, including some who live closest to them. This begs the question what really is bothering those who have complained. Thanks again.
Bill Carson December 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Ron, Historically residents in most towns fear retribution from various agencies of Falmouth town government if they speak out. The Catholic Church is a prime example of what happens when the voices are muffled for years and then one voice stands above all others and is not in fear of anything. The residents of Falmouth have the right of freedom of speech and expression, worship God in their own way, healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants and freedom from fear . The CLC & CVEC payments and expenses will be under intense scrutiny for the foreseeable future. It appears the fabric is falling off the Golden Calf. The letter about the wind turbine 12 hour shut down and telling the entire world you called the Massachusetts Superior Court reckless was the first sign the nails are falling out of the cross. The crucifixion is nearing the end. The sinners need to take cover .Sleep tight
mark cool December 14, 2013 at 08:16 AM
It’s not at about how many property owners have complained. It’s about how many have been placed into a “Noise Violation Zone” (whether complaining or not). In Falmouth, MassDEP measured more that 52 decibels at 400 meters. In the acoustic industry, it’s principles of sound propagation says doubling distance from the sound source reduces noise by 6 decibels. Keeping in mind the objective (defining the violation zone) at 800 meters noise is projected to be 46 decibels, and at 1,600 meters the “No-Violation” distance is reached, (based on providing a level of 40 decibels meeting the ’10 dB above background sound level’) The “Noise Violation Zone” one can deduce from the raw data assembled by MassDEP from Wind 1 extends out to 1,600 meters (5,249 feet). It becomes very clear that many many more homes/properties (out to nearly a mile) fall into Wind 1’s “Noise Violation Zone.” Without MassDEP noise sampling from Wind 2, no accurate prediction can be made, however it’s likely the “Noise Violation Zone” distance would be similar based on the similarity of area topography and the source of noise(both V82 wind turbines).
Paul Shaw December 14, 2013 at 08:42 AM
CYA Meeting - Falmouth Board of Selectmen Executive Session : Monday night 12/16/2013 "Discussion Wind Turbine Litigation" "Rubber Hits The Road" http://www.falmouthmass.us/agenda.php?depkey=selectmen&number=6136
mark cool December 14, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Home owners living close to Falmouth’s Wind Energy project are becoming more aware of another important adverse condition being imposed. This past August, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released it’s analyze of more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states. The “Noise Violation Zone” described previously shares striking parity with study’s distance criteria conclusion. Of 1,198 sales within 1 mile of turbines (the “Noise Violation Zone” around Wind 1 equals 5,249 feet) demonstrate a 28% lower value. and the data provides a compelling basis to determine there is a causal relationship between distance and impact. These are the facts, not complaints. It would seem likely, given the facts, more complaints will follow.
Bill Carson December 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The Town of Falmouth & Falmouth Energy Committee aka : "Friends of Falmouth Wind" are proposing that only people who filed "certified noise complaints" be considered as part of a wind turbine settlement, mitigation or consideration. All the 200 residential homes around all the turbines in the wind zone around the three turbines need notification that the town Select Board has started Executive Meetings about litigation going forward. The town has stalled for three years over wind turbine noise and now is going to minimize the amount of homes that have reported wind turbine noise. Any court, judge and jury understands there is a large group of citizens who are afraid to speak up and let others do it for them. All 200 homes must be taken into consideration when looking into mitigation and court action. The map should help people identify the distance for the wind turbines and their loss of property rights and health problems based on the poor placement of the turbines to residential homes
mark cool December 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Bill - I doubt very seriously that all 200 homes will be (let alone must be) taken into consideration by the town while looking into mitigation. The 'Settlement' coaxed by superior court is between the town and the named parties associated with the suit - only. Other neighbors, if so inclined, will have to exercise justice through the court system just as the aprox. 1 1/2 dozen current litigants have done. However, whether a current litigant or not, any property owner in Falmouth who believes that their property should be taxed an abated value may apply for such abatement through the normal channels. As evidence has been presented by the use of professional appraisers, and in light that this is likely to continue, it's possible that the property assessments around the turbines may be adjusted. The total tax loss difference would then be shifted to other town owners not impacted by the depreciated real estate influences wrought by the turbines. A small revised tax assessment would be absorbed by these non-effected property owners to cover the town's lost tax revenue base near the turbines. Remember... there's no guarantee that owners will be granted abatements.
Bill Carson December 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I have some experience in Massachusetts Civil Procedure Rule 23. Although Falmouth is not a class action lawsuit at this time the judge & jury will have to look at the named parties associated with the suit-only and I believe you are correct. At the end of a class action lawsuit there are always people who for one reason or another never identify themselves. Usually because they are afraid of the power of the town. Most residents in Falmouth understand that "Friends of Falmouth Wind" really is the Town of Falmouth Select Board and all the associated departments within the town . Over the years the good old boy network including the news media has in my opinion scared many more residents into not filing noise claims . The court system is aware of how peoples rights get trampled . My point is some time in the near future the courts may ask the current litigant attorney , Town of Falmouth or third party to canvas for complaints. Keep in mind Massachusetts allows for the "lost rental value of residential homes" in the illegal taking of homes under the police powers act .
Blowin Smoke December 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
As usual, Mr. Cool comes up short in terms of factual information. Regarding property values, here's an excerpt from 8/27/13 announcement of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study -- "Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values. 'This is the second of two major studies we have conducted on this topic [the first was published in 2009 – see below], and in both studies [using two different datasets] we find no statistical evidence that operating wind turbines have had any measureable impact on home sales prices,' says Ben Hoen, the lead author of the new report." http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2013/08/27/no-evidence-of-residential-property-value-impacts-near-u-s-wind-turbines-a-new-berkeley-lab-study-finds/
Bill Carson December 14, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The median home value in Falmouth, Massachusetts is $425,000. The Barnstable County median home value is $450,000. Documentation was recently provided at the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals that showed homes around the wind turbines dropped as much as twenty eight percent. Mr. Blowing Smoke would advertise homes in the wind turbine noise zone as a great buy ? Home for sale with magnificent views of giant megawatt wind turbines. At sunset and sunrise you can experience shadow flicker which is the strobe effect of sunlight in your windows for several hours a day. During the night the sound of the turbines gives the gentle sound of a dishwasher next to your bed all night. Many Falmouth doctors prescribe sleeping pills for you and your young family to go to sleep at night. Folks would you really call these properties within the wind turbine zone your investment property or your dream home on Cape Cod Massachusetts ?


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