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Collingwood’s legal fees to fight wind farm could top $250k

The Town of Collingwood has spent $187,000 to fight the wind turbine proposal in Clearview Township – and that number could rise by an additional $75,000.

During a presentation to councillors on Monday, treasurer Marjory Leonard outlined about $220,000 in unbudgeted items.

One of the items was the legal costs incurred in fighting the WPD Fairview Wind project located near the Collingwood Regional Airport.

The town spent $104,000 in 2016 and $83,000 in 2015 on legal fees. In April, council approved an upset limit of an additional $75,000 for legal fees to fight the project.

The wind project, which was approved earlier this year, would see eight 500-foot wind turbines constructed in an area north and south of County Road 91 west of Stayner, including two within 2.1 nautical miles of the Collingwood Regional Airport.

Six parties, including Collingwood, Clearview Township, the County of Simcoe, Kevin and Gail Elwood, John Wiggins, and a group of residents known as Preserve Clearview, have appealed the province’s decision to an Environmental Review Tribunal.