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Clearview doesn’t support wind turbine project

Michael Gennings — Simcoe.com — August 13, 2012

STAYNER – Clearview Township council on Monday night approved a staff report that states the municipality doesn’t support the Wpd wind turbine project west of Stayner.

Council took the position based on the interest of “public health, economic prosperity and quality of life.”

The township also took the position that the province should enact a moratorium on further approvals of large scale wind turbine projects until a Health Canada study on the effects of them is complete and “there is adequate opportunity for all levels of government and the public to review, consider and act upon the findings of the study.”

Also, council directed township staff to draft a nuisance bylaw to deal with the potential impacts of wind turbines.

And council asked the municipality’s treasurer, Edward Henley, to “investigate options for amending the Development Charges Bylaw to apply to industrial wind turbines and other green energy project construction.”

The township’s position Monday night – which received a loud applause from a packed gallery once it was formally approved – was based on recommendations in a staff report from the municipality’s Planning Department.

Kevin Elwood, a County Road 91 resident, lives in the area where Wpd wants to erect eight turbines. Speaking outside the council chamber later in the evening, Elwood said he was happy with the position council took.

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