Jones Introduces Bill to Ensure Local Say in Wind Energy Projects

Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon

(Queen’s Park) –“Today I introduced a bill at the Legislature to give Ontario municipalities and local residents a voice in the planning of wind energy projects,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP (Dufferin-Caledon). 
 
Under the Liberal’s Green Energy Act, 2009, new wind projects will be built with no municipal planning control and limited public input. Jones wants to restore the traditional municipal planning oversight role with her Planning Amendment Act (Renewable Energy Undertakings), 2010.
 
“The Progressive Conservative Party and I raised concerns about the Green Energy Act from the very beginning,” said Jones. “My private members bill will return the power for planning renewable energy projects to municipalities who can be responsive to the needs of the community.”
 
“Municipalities know what works best for them,” said Jones. “The planning process is not new. Municipal planning has worked well in the past, and if given the opportunity can work well in the future. The voices of our communities and concerned Ontarians should not be shut down.”
 
Jones’ bill amends the Planning Act to reverse the effect of the amendments made to the Planning Act by Schedule K to the Green Energy Act, 2009. Those amendments exempted renewable energy undertakings from the normal application of the Planning Act, including policy statements, provincial plans, official plans, demolition control by-laws, zoning by-laws and development permit regulations and by-laws.
 
“The Green Energy Act shows little respect to municipalities and Ontario families,” said Jones. “I want to give residents across Ontario the power to refine renewable energy projects for their community.”
 
For more information:
Ashley Hammill   (416) 325-1898
ashley.hammill@pc.ola.org

7 thoughts on “Jones Introduces Bill to Ensure Local Say in Wind Energy Projects

  1. Thank you for doing this. I will be following the outcome of the bill you introduced to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

  2. I appreciate this effort, but this does not ensure that municipalities will site turbines at distances that can safeguard people. Just have a look at the Town or Essex who allowed 450 metres prior to the GEA. Nor does it ensure that a proper cost benefit analysis is done before such projects are undertaken within a municipality or that the proponent are reputable businesses upon which residents can trust to follow through with their promises. Many are nothing short of snake oil salesmen

  3. I have to echo ruralgrubby here. Our township is very pro wind, for several stupid reasons. They were supportive of moratoriums eleswhere…just not in their township! Yeah, try try reasoning with that. Although restoring some local decision making is positive, industrial wind turbines do not belong anywhere…I want to see a bill introduced that says that.

  4. A very GOOD step in the RIGHT direction.
    Keeping fingers crossed.

  5. This is a start at least. Thank you for this and I will follow with support.
    Perhaps those at Queens Park will start listening to the people.

  6. This is at least a step in the right direction. I agree that it may not right past wrongs. However a politician that listens and works the numbers and recognizes that an issue has merit is a great advantage in any cause. She is also right that the energy bill itself must be amended.

    I say to Sylvia Jones — Thank you for listening. Thank you for acting.

    Now what more do we have to do!

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