The Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC could be tempted to modify the interim control bylaw on the development of wind farms in the region, which was recently deemed non-compliant with the provincial government guidelines for the sustainable development of this type of energy.
The prefect for the MRC, Mr. Alain Castagner, suggested he “has no objection to reopening the file and reworking it as necessary,” when the issue was brought up by a group of Godmanchester residents concerned about a proposed wind farm in the municipality by Troc International.
The spokesperson for the residents, Ms. Carolle Trépanier, asked the mayors of the MRC to consider the possibility of amending the interim control bylaw to establish more restrictive distances from dwellings for the establishment of wind turbines in the Haut-Saint-Laurent. She mentioned an article in an interim control bylaw from the Haut-Richelieu MRC, which requires turbines genrating two megawatts or less be situated at a minimum distance of 2,000 meters from any residential building.
“It was something that gave me hope and I am asking if you could not do the same thing,” said Ms. Trepanier.
The MRC intends to examine how the interim control bylaw could be modified to move “in that direction,” said François Landreville, the Director General and Secretary Treasurer for the MRC.
“This could be interesting,” replied Mr. Castagner, while cautioning that even a modified interim control bylaw could not stop wind turbines from going up eventually in the region.
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