A settlement has been reached in the long-standing dispute over the Cruickshank Wind Power project in Kincardine.
Owners Kevin and Nancy Cruickshank have agreed to remove the sixth turbine located on their 300-acre property at the South end of the Municipality.
The turbine in question was positioned too close to a neighbouring property not owned by the Cruickshanks.
The amended project will now consist of 5 turbines that will produce less than the expected 10 megawatts of power.
In a statement released back on October 23rd, Ontario Municipal Board Chair N.C. Jackson ruled that he is satisfied with the proponent’s case saying the zoning by-laws conforms with the Bruce County Official Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement as well as the yet-to-be-approved new Kincardine Official Plan.
Jackson says the Ministry of the Environment has issued a Certificate of Approval for noise based on their Environmental Screening Report and that the amended project was also approved by Nav Canada and Transport Canada.
There was a concern by the appellants that the positioning of the turbines would affect planes that are taking off and landing at the nearby Kincardine Airport.
Now that the project is free and clear for construction, there is no word on when the Cruickshank Wind Project will get off the ground.
Both the Cruickshanks and the appellants declined to comment on the ruling.
The wind project was first approved by Kincardine Council in October of 2006.
Written by Ken Hashizume
14 December 2007
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