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Bylaw proposal a positive first step

AMHERST – While not the end of the debate, a member of the Gulf Shore Association believes the county’s latest effort to create rules around wind turbines is a positive step.

Lisa Betts, who helped lead the effort against a proposed wind farm on the Gulf Shore near Pugwash several years ago, attended a public meeting Tuesday in Wallace on the county’s proposed new wind rules.

“It’s certainly an improvement and the language of the new bylaw has been clarified,” Betts said. “I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to Penny (Henneberry, Cumberland County’s director of planning) or to take a close look at it, but at first glance it looks better than it did.”

Betts said the existing bylaw, developed during the fight against the Gulf Shore project, has some shortcomings, including a cookie-cutter approach to the placement of turbines.

Under the existing bylaw, the separation between a turbine and homes has to be at least 500 metres. She said the present bylaw doesn’t have zones for residential and industrial uses.

The second of three public meetings took place Wednesday with the final meeting set for Thursday at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan beginning at 7 p.m.