Wind turbines, if they are to be built anywhere, should be placed in very sparsely populated areas because many of the most disruptive effects of having turbines nearby can be reduced simply by placing them far away from people, but developers are trying to move into areas, like North East township, where residential communities are nearby. Why?
North East has higher population density
In the last township meeting, Sheldon, New York was used to illustrate what the developers believed to be a comparable location to North East, however, comparing the two communities, there’s a huge difference. North East township has 3 1/2 times the population density! The only way wind turbines can be placed in a community like ours is for developers to convince local officials to reduce, as much as possible, the allowable distance between the turbines and any houses, property and people nearby, dramatically increasing the negative effects while becoming far more visually intrusive to everyone in the area, lowering property values and literally changing the nature of North East.
We will have to live with what the developers leave behind
No matter what your view of wind turbines, pushing them ever closer to residential populations and communities like ours seems to be a decision based on potential short term benefits for the developers while disregarding the effects on the rest of us. When the developers have gone, we will still be here living with what they’ve left behind.
If you wish to make your opinions known, please attend the township supervisors meeting on Monday, April 15th at 9AM. If you cannot attend, please contact the supervisors and zoning administrator using the contact information listed on the right.
It’s our community, it’s up to us.