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Uxbridge to review wind turbine policy - Meanwhile, proposal waits for studies to be completed

UXBRIDGE -- Residents looking to erect wind turbines on a Leaskdale property have softened their stance against the Township after it handed down a bylaw forbidding the construction of turbines until the end of the year.

Michael and Phyllis Gertsner, along with Indigo Wind Energy Systems Inc., plan to add three 320-foot wind turbines to the Gerstner's farm at 10700 Durham Road 1. The project was already in motion when the bylaw was passed Dec. 19 last year. As a result, the Gerstners threatened to take the matter to an Ontario Municipal Board hearing hoping to overthrow Uxbridge council's motion.

But Monday, council passed another bylaw authorizing Uxbridge to enter into a 'minutes of settlement' with the Gerstners. Alex Grant, chief administrative officer for Uxbridge, said the Township has agreed to keep the Gerstners informed with its environmental screening and turbine testing process in return for them dropping plans to go to the OMB.

The agreement also reads, "Neither the Township nor the (Gerstners) will request or support an order for costs against the other with respect to these proceedings."

Ms. Gerstner confirmed following the meeting that the settlement withdraws the proposal from the OMB process.

"We believe in the sincerity of the Township," Ms. Gerstner told the Times-Journal. "We request they (council) forward us their agenda... We request a time frame (to move ahead) in accordance... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Michael and Phyllis Gertsner, along with Indigo Wind Energy Systems Inc., plan to add three 320-foot wind turbines to the Gerstner's farm at 10700 Durham Road 1. The project was already in motion when the bylaw was passed Dec. 19 last year. As a result, the Gerstners threatened to take the matter to an Ontario Municipal Board hearing hoping to overthrow Uxbridge council's motion.
 
But Monday, council passed another bylaw authorizing Uxbridge to enter into a 'minutes of settlement' with the Gerstners. Alex Grant, chief administrative officer for Uxbridge, said the Township has agreed to keep the Gerstners informed with its environmental screening and turbine testing process in return for them dropping plans to go to the OMB.
 
The agreement also reads, "Neither the Township nor the (Gerstners) will request or support an order for costs against the other with respect to these proceedings."
 
Ms. Gerstner confirmed following the meeting that the settlement withdraws the proposal from the OMB process.
 
"We believe in the sincerity of the Township," Ms. Gerstner told the Times-Journal. "We request they (council) forward us their agenda... We request a time frame (to move ahead) in accordance with their plans."
 
Ms. Gerstner acknowledged that the Leaskdale project will be stalled until wind studies have been completed. She expects that to happen early next year.
 
"We're determining feasibility... (if there's) enough wind," commented Ms. Gertsner, adding a planner is working with them.
 
In the meantime, the Township has completed the first draft of a wind turbine policy to be discussed during a public meeting June 26.
 
Regional Councillor Susan Self said there were regional guidelines for turbines already established, but, "(They) were very loosely stated in Durham's Official Plan... This (draft) refines them for Uxbridge." She noted the meeting is not intended to focus on the Gerstners' proposal in particular.
 
 


Source: http://www.durhamregion.com...

JUN 2 2006
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