Delta County Wind Monitor

Advocating for Residents in Wind Turbine Zones

Increase the Setbacks

Setbacks greater than 5 times the height of the full turbine can help preserve peaceful rural settings and keep our residents safe. The setbacks should include a 1640-foot safety easement for leaseholder families.

Where will the next phase be built?

Yellow highlighted areas show leaseholder land.

Lower Noise Levels

Acoustic experts recommend a 35 decibel maximum for rural settings, including a 50dB(c) maximum for protection from low frequency noise.

Video of June 2014 Wind Energy Presentation in Delta County

Measure from a Property Line, Not A Dwelling

Require that wind turbine setbacks and noise levels be measured from a property line and not a dwelling. This preserves the use of property for the landowner and prevents 'inverse condemnation' from occurring, which is the illegal taking of land. 

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.


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