By Pat Halpin,
Special to The Sentinel
Lucknow Sentinel – Bruce County heard another objection to Enbridge’s wind farm proposal for Kincardine.
Ron Mattmer said controversy on county council and in the community over the 121-turbine proposal points to the need for provincial regulations on wind farms.
He’s concerned about setbacks Kincardine council approved for the project last week and asked to see the county’s file on the Enbridge project.
The planning department has done a good job, Mattmer said, but he wants information on how it arrived at its recommendations.
“The county planning have done an excellent job here, it’s just that we on the outside don’t know the basis for the decisions that have been made,” Mattmer said. “That’s what I’m looking for; some assurance here.”
That assurance would come by knowing decisions were based on sound technological science, he said.
Planners’ views aren’t always the same views as residents have, Mattmer told council.
“From the outside you send your letters in, you attend meetings, you make your comments, but you don’t know how they’re evaluated on the inside,” he said.
“So the decisions don’t always meet your expectations and you don’t know why.”
Setbacks recommended by Bruce County’s planning department and approved by council are less than those in other counties, and Mattmer said that points to the need for province-wide regulations.
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