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Wind farm will hurt property values

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Laramie Boomerang

I've been thinking about connections, community and how just one person's actions can influence so many others. In 1995 my husband and I purchased property south of Vedauwoo that revealed itself to have spectacular, unspoiled views, abundant recreation and a welcoming community with cowboy values. The decision to build our dream home was followed by 3 family members.

After reading a Boomerang article about UW's struggle to develop a much-needed conference center and hotel my brother-in-law began the conversations and connections that resulted in the building of the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center. This, in-turn, led to development of five additional hotels to support the conference center's attendees and the ever-growing sustainable tourism business.

Because of values and connections, it is now more important than ever to become educated and make your voice heard on wind energy and the project that is being planned south of Vedauwoo. The wind turbines being proposed are 3 ½ times the height the height of White Hall. Current Albany County setbacks will allow these monsters to be built within 0.7 miles from a home. The hundreds of people affected by this industrial sized project will be forced to subsidize construction of the turbines to the tune of 50-65% (Federal subsidies) and lose as much as 45% of their properties' value with no compensation or benefit of the energy generation (which will be sent out of state). If we allow this development Big Wind will have a green light to build turbines up the 287 corridor and envelope the gateways to the Snowy Range.

We are already losing prospective citizens and development. Had our family known planners could so easily transform state and agricultural zoned lands into heavy industrial we would have looked elsewhere and not have invested in this community. We must not let Albany County slam the door on future leaders by destroying the reasons people choose to come here. Please contact Albany County planning and urge them to revise outdated zoning regulations and protect the citizens they are sworn to serve. Connections truly matter. Gayle Wilson Albany County

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