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Power Lines, Visual Encumbrance and House Values: A Microspatial Approach to Impact Measurement

  • Francois Des Rosiers

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    (Laval University, Canada)

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    This research looks at the impact of high-voltage transmission lines (HVTL) on surrounding property values, using a microspatial approach. It is based on a sample of 507 single-family houses sold over the 1991–96 period in the City of Brossard, in the Greater Montreal area, Canada. Findings suggest that although severe visual encumbrance due to a direct view on a pylon or conductors does exert a significantly negative impact on property prices with depreciations ranging from 5% to well in excess of 20%, being adjacent to the easement will not necessarily cause a house to depreciate and may even increase its value in similar proportions where proximity advantages exceed drawbacks.

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    Volume (Year): 23 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 275-302

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