By Vanessa Brown, Lakeshore Advance
Bluewater council will await guidance from the county before it adopts a wind turbine bylaw similar to the Municipality of Huron-Kinloss.
The bylaw withholds issuing building permits to wind developers unless they comply with the municipality’s setback requirements. Coun. John Gillespie’s (Hay West) motion to pass a similar bylaw at council’s March 7 session died on the table, giving councillors time to review information. A new countywide committee, with representation from each municipality, will investigate low frequency noise from turbines.
Mayor Bill Dowson argued Bluewater should wait to see how the committee proceeds.
“If we can come up with something through the county level that’s going to work, we need to do that,” Dowson said. “We’ll have strength in numbers, and right now we don’t have much strength with one municipality.”
Coun. George Irvin (Stanley West) will sit on the committee for Bluewater. There are currently two Bluewater wind-farm projects awaiting approval.