March 19, 2012

Council moves ahead with 2 km setbacks

Luke Edwards, staff, 18 March 2012

The Township of Wainfleet is moving ahead with a bylaw to set a minimum setback of two kilometres for industrial wind turbines.

Ald. Betty Konc moved to amend a report council had previously passed about setbacks in the township. The original report recommended council simply receive the report.

“I’ll make a motion…to adopt and move through with the setback,” said Konc.

Council wants to pass the setback limit bylaw, despite the fact the province’s Green Energy Act takes away the ability for municipalities to set a limit. The province has set the limit at 550 metres, which it believes is enough to ensure residents are not disturbed by noise from the turbines.

While the 2 km setback limit won’t have any strength as a result of the Green Energy Act, council wanted to move ahead with it as a message to the province and Wainfleet residents that they don’t agree with the province.

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