Written by Marie Van Ryssel
Kincardine is one step closer to completing their over 400 million dollar wind turbine project.
The Windfarm Action Group is upset that Council has approved 110 wind turbines to be built on 102 lots in the municipality without hearing their opinions first.
Windfarm Action Group Spokeperson Kathy McCarrel says she followed protocol to ask for a delegation and was told it would be heard near the beginning of council.
McCarrel says the Council did not hear the Windfarm Action Groups presentation until after they gave the wind turbine project the go ahead.
Mayor Glenn Sutton says the subject has been beaten to death over the last 3 or 4 months.
Sutton says council has considered all points of view and at the end of the day, they have to make a decision and move on.
He adds he thinks Council made the right decision by approving the zoning amendment by-laws for the 102 lots.
Sutton says the province needs the power and green energy is generally very popular with the public.
He adds there are safeguards embedded in the by-laws in order to protect the public.
Director of Power Generation Enbridge Ontario Wind Project, Scott Dodd says the by-laws were passed under a building envelope approach.
This means council has approved each lot to have a wind turbine without knowing it’s exact location on the lot.
Dodd says Enbridge now must go through each individual lot and find the best position for each wind turbine while meeting location requirements.
Dodd says every wind turbine must be a certain distance away from property lines, roads and neighbours not participating in the project.
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