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OMB withholds wind farm order

The Ontario Municipal Board has ruled that proposals for 15 wind turbines in East Luther Grand Valley conform to all applicable legislation and the township's Official Plan. But while OMB member J. R. Aker released his decision last week, he withheld his order for up to 180 days pending the resolution of all outstanding issues. "In order to address public health and safety issues the following protocols and operating procedures are to be prepared to the satisfaction of the Township and will be implemented for the project ..."

The Ontario Municipal Board has ruled that proposals for 15 wind turbines in East Luther Grand Valley conform to all applicable legislation and the township's Official Plan.

But while OMB member J. R. Aker released his decision last week, he withheld his order for up to 180 days pending the resolution of all outstanding issues.

"In order to address public health and safety issues the following protocols and operating procedures are to be prepared to the satisfaction of the Township and will be implemented for the project: Operational Protocol; De-icing Protocol; Noise Complaint Management Protocol; Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan; Shadow and Flicker Effect Management Protocol.

"Lastly, the approved ESR (environmental screening report) and its recommended mitigation measures govern the construction and operation of the projects," he wrote.

The protocols are generally the same as those required for other wind farms, such as Melancthon II.

As well, there are requirements for road maintenance during construction.

Prior to or early into the four-day OMB hearing last November, Amaranth township resolved its issues with the project and withdrew its application for an elevation of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Ontario Municipal Board has ruled that proposals for 15 wind turbines in East Luther Grand Valley conform to all applicable legislation and the township's Official Plan.

But while OMB member J. R. Aker released his decision last week, he withheld his order for up to 180 days pending the resolution of all outstanding issues.

"In order to address public health and safety issues the following protocols and operating procedures are to be prepared to the satisfaction of the Township and will be implemented for the project: Operational Protocol; De-icing Protocol; Noise Complaint Management Protocol; Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan; Shadow and Flicker Effect Management Protocol.

"Lastly, the approved ESR (environmental screening report) and its recommended mitigation measures govern the construction and operation of the projects," he wrote.

The protocols are generally the same as those required for other wind farms, such as Melancthon II.

As well, there are requirements for road maintenance during construction.

Prior to or early into the four-day OMB hearing last November, Amaranth township resolved its issues with the project and withdrew its application for an elevation of the environmental screening to a full Environmental Assessment.

Proponents WindRush Energy and Earthfirst Canada Inc. had originally sought zoning for 24 turbines and four transformers.

Prior to the hearing, the total had been reduced to 15 and four. Four of the turbines and two transformers would be in Ashton Ridge (Phase 1) and the remainder in Grand Valley Wind Farms (Phase 2).

In his decision, Mr. Aker noted that the planning for the farms meets the requirements of ELGV's new official plan along with the Provincial Policy Statement, Places to Grow, and other related legislation.

"Based on all of the evidence, the Board finds that the proposed amended Zoning By-laws meet the objectives and are consistent with provincial legislation and conform to the adopted (and provincially approved Feb. 27) East Luther Grand Valley Official Plan.

"The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe came into effect on June 16, 2006. Section 4.2.4 directs municipalities to develop and implement Official Plan policies for energy conservation, including identification of opportunities for alternative energy generation and distribution.

"Based on the evidence in this hearing, the Board finds that the Township has adopted policies within its Official Plan respecting alternative energy and distribution," Mr. Aker said.

He accepted planning and expert evidence that the plan complies with the PPS on protection of natural heritage features.

Mr. Aker was satisfied that the setbacks from residences, vacant lots and aerodromes are adequate.

"Based on the evidence, the Board finds that the (OP) encourages alternative wind energy while minimizing impacts on surrounding land uses, (and) finds the proposed wind farms are in conformity with the (OP) and meet the locational criteria to minimize impacts on surrounding land uses."


Source: http://www.citizen.on.ca/ne...

FEB 5 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18947-omb-withholds-wind-farm-order
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