Attached at the very bottom of my post is a PDF. It is a sales brochure used by a Boston PR Firm which infiltrates our
towns long before we get "wind" of a development proposal. In it they tell the customer how good they are at manipulating us. They don't play nice, folks.
Below I pasted the narrative from Michigan consultant's website. He
helps people get through permitting for wind towers. While it looks
like he deals with smaller privately owned turbines, his insights are
illustrative of the high-powered public relations firms that are on the
ground long before your planning board calls the public hearing.
The full website is here: http://www.windpowerservicesllc.com/zoning.html
It is NOT RECOMMENDED by wind energy professionals to call your
zoning officials asking what you need to do to install a wind turbine
on your property. Chances are they have no or little idea what you are
talking about and probably don’t have much time to listen and learn.
The result is a red flag causing hastily made regulation or decisions
that are not in your favor due to their fear of the unknown.
Contact your officials and request a complete copy of your zoning ordinances.
You are not required to tell anyone why you want this information, but
to keep within the normal realm of requests you may respond to their
asking by replying the truth, you are considering making changes and or
improvements to your property and want to get familiar with the zoning
These copies will most likely cost you a small fee, but will more than
pay for it’s self by knowing up front what forms you need to request
and what ordinances you need to comply with. Do not attend a permit
hearing unarmed with knowledge. Know the sections or codes you must
comply with thoroughly and understand them. Become familiar with the
process of local governing procedures or you may be over whelmed with
Talk up your project with key neighbors well in advance to applying for
the zoning permit. Answer questions in a friendly, non-judgmental
manner. Allay fears by distributing appropriate articles on wind
turbines or equipment specifications when ever the opportunity arises.
Alienate your neighbors, and you will inevitably lose a permit hearing
every time. Therefore, your primary strategy should be one of public
Zoning and permitting obstacles will likely be the most frustrating and confusing part of your entire wind systems project.
Wind Power Services LLC is on your side. We are experienced, trained
and knowledgeable in permitting procedures. We will represent you and
your project with passion and commitment.