Delta County Wind Monitor

Advocating for Residents in Wind Turbine Zones


Dear Taxpayer of Garden & Fairbanks Townships,

This is just a reminder about the mid-term elections which will take place in November. It is especially important for all of us to either get out to vote or request an absentee ballot.

As you may be aware a recall vote for township board members is taking place with this ballot. Some of the current member’s names will appear on the ballot (recalled members) and those running against them will be there also. They are listed below:

            Recalled:                                              Consider instead:

            Morgan Tatrow                                   Richard Pichette

            Ron Collins                                         Dan Dalgord

            Jim Dalgord                                        Penny McKay

            Katherine Denholm                             Jim Peasley

In order to vote for the opponent of the recalled member you may need to split your vote, split the ballot or vote for an independent candidate. Please consider carefully as you prepare to vote this November. Many residents of the peninsula feel a need for change on the township boards to provide a more just representation of our welfare/interests.

Recently an article came to our attention which we find alarming. It was published on the site September 10 and written by Michelle Froese. It states “Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC, a developer of wind and solar in Michigan, has executed an 80 MW wind power agreement with Senvion. The first 20 MW are already firm followed by a conditional 60 MW.” It goes on to say, “Located in Delta County Michigan, the Garden II project will consist of 20 Senvion 4.0M140 wind turbines with a hub height of 82 meters. The installation of phases one and two will occur in 2019 and 2020, respectively.”

Do we really want to allow another 80 turbines to join the 14 we already have? What will the peninsula become?

Please be sure to make your wishes know in November. Thank You.

Citizens for Local Control


Vote YES May 8 for Local Control



Ballot Proposal:

 “Shall the Township adopt an ordinance creating a planning commission with the powers and duties set forth in the Michigan Planning Enabling Act?”     yes _____   no______


  • The proposal goes to a vote on May 8 in the two townships, Garden and Fairbanks (the Village already has a Planning Commission/Master Plan)


  • If the proposal passes with a yes vote each township board will draft and pass an ordinance establishing a Planning Commission for their individual township.


  •  The township supervisor selects members to put on the Planning Commission with the approval by the whole board. They can be all volunteers at no cost to the township. Your taxes will not be increased!


  • The planning commission so appointed creates a Master Plan for the township. The townships, as paying members of CUPPAD, are offered some free hours of technical assistance in developing the Master Plan.



The purpose of the Master Plan is to only outline the opinions and wishes of the residents on where and how they would like the township to develop over the coming years.

  • Delta County currently has its own Master Plan, but this would give local residents a chance to express their wishes instead of accepting Delta County’s.
  • Delta County Planning Commission members have not updated the County Plan in 20 years!
  • Have they even read it?
  • They don’t know what is right for our community.
  • Their meetings are over 50 miles away.
  • It will not cost “tens of thousands of dollars” as some local officials have led you to believe. It could cost nothing depending on how much the volunteers in the townships do.



The Michigan Township Association’s manual “ The Township Guide to Planning and Zoning” is a resource for townships. The following information is taken from the manual.

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act, Act 33 of 2008 authorizes a township board to create by ordinance a planning commission. The planning commission develops a master plan that is reviewed and approved of by the township board.

The elements of the Master Plan are: 1) purpose 2) background information and 3) direction, vision and goals.

The purpose of the Planning Commission is to look to the future of your township. They have a responsibility to provide guidance for future land use and development in the township through the master plan. The master plan helps decision-makers by emphasizing planning rather than reacting to development.

  • The public is involved in the discussion on the issues that affect land use development in the community when developing a Master Plan. These discussions and concerns may range from preserving natural features and farmland to coordinating planning efforts with surrounding communities.
  • There can be 5, 7 or 9 members on the planning commission representing various interests and geographical areas. They are appointed by the township supervisor and approved of by the majority of the township board.
  • While the Plan has little direct legal authority, it is a powerful expression of the township’s intentions for the future. Once developed, it guides the Planning Commission and Township Board in making land use decisions.
  •  The Township Board reviews, comments and has to approve the plan or the process halts.