A Visual Impact Assessment Process for Wind Energy Projects
May 20, 2011
by Jean Vissering, Jean Vissering Landscape Architecture, and CESA
The purpose of this guide is to facilitate the adoption and use of effective state and local policies, practices, and methodologies to evaluate the visual impacts associated with wind development projects. Visual impacts are often the among the issues of greatest concern for surrounding property owners and the community. Public acceptance and confidence in wind development are likely to be enhanced when visual issues are clearly and fairly addressed. The guide provides an effective and objective aesthetic impact assessment review methodology that provides clear guidance for developers, planners, and regulatory decision makers and also ensures the protection of important scenic and cultural resources. The guide was made possible with funding from the Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program.