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No turbines planned for severed land in Dover

Wind turbines would not be permitted on a parcel of land to be severed from a Dover Township farm, says a municipal planner.

Rob Brown, representing Chatham-Kent, made the comment at a planning meeting on May 12.
Enio and Linda Sullo have an offer to purchase the 60-acre farm located on the west side of Bear Line Rd. between Pain Court Line and Creek Line.

The dwelling on the property is surplus to the farm operation and the Sullos have made an application to sever the 58 acres of surrounding farmland to be sold and keep a 2.13-acre lot containing an existing dwelling.

Pete Van Veen, a neighbour of the Sullos, was concerned that if the property was severed, a wind turbine could be set up at a later date.

Property values

Van Veen, who lives at the corner of Bear Line and Pain Court Line, was worried about his property values decreasing if a wind turbine was erected. He added that there isn’t enough information about the potential effects of wind turbines.

Van Veen said he had no intention of stopping the severance.

“I’m happy they got the severance. My concern wasn’t for my property, but for the property of Chatham-Kent residents.”

Van Veen said that setbacks should be 1.5 kilometres from residences instead of the current 750 metres.

Anyone who might want to put up one in the future would have to come to council to get zoning approval, Brown said.

Coun. Bill Weaver said he had sympathy for Van Veen, but added that the issue of wind turbines “is not in play” at a planning meeting.

Brian Cleeve

Chatham This Week

21 May 2008