Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) recently published the new guide, A Visual Impact Assessment Process for Wind Energy Projects, in collaboration with landscape architect Jean Vissering. 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 among the issues of greatest concern to 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.