A wind energy company looking to build five turbines under the Sumac Ridge wind project in Manvers Township won’t be using a local trail for access.
At Tuesday’s meeting (March 25) council did not approve a request by wpd Canada that Wild Turkey Road be opened to allow access to the turbines, if they are built. The Province approved the project last December, but Manvers Wind Concerns and the Cham Shan Buddhist Temple are appealing.
wpd Canada has been seeking permission from the City since 2012 for upgrades and access to Ballyduff, Wild Turkey and Gray roads and has battled with the City ever since.
A staff report notes all three would be potentially impacted by the proposed development, noting a portion of Wild Turkey Road is unopened and not maintained by the City. “Wpd proposes to utilize this section of unopened road allowance to accommodate construction access, future maintenance access through three proposed property entrances, and a transmission wire crossing. Wpd also proposes to reconstruct this road (and would request the City to open and maintain the resultant road) for future vehicular traffic,” the report states.
Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble told This Week Wild Turkey Road in particular is more of a trail than a road. While a vehicle can use it, “they go very slow; it’s not a place for a vehicle if you don’t want to get mud on your car. It is primarily used by hikers, horseback riders; it’s not an open road.”
She said it is also prohibited from being “opened” by the Oak Ridges Moraine Act.
Coun. Stauble said Sumac Ridge is “a private project on private land” and the City is not obligated to open Wild Turkey Road to accommodate the proposed project.
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