Plympton-Wyoming backs turbine buffer zone

By Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer
If Ontario municipalities ever get back the power to approve green energy projects, Plympton-Wyoming will require that wind turbines be built at least two kilometres from neighbouring homes. Mayor Lonny Napper said council recently voted to change the town’s zoning bylaw to reflect the new distance. “I’m not sure,” Napper said, when asked about the municipality’s ability to enforce its new setback.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act takes zoning control over wind turbines and other renewable energy projects away from local councils. However, earlier this week Premier Dalton McGuinty said local governments will get more say over wind, solar and other green energy projects.

9 thoughts on “Plympton-Wyoming backs turbine buffer zone

  1. Most educated bunch of public servants, they seem to understand the true agendas of these Wind Huggers. Good for you guys. one of the safest areas to be in Ontario ,I think. Great job for standing up for the people in that community. thanks!

  2. Sorry to ‘rain on your parade guys’!Whilst I applaud this Council for adopting a 2km minimum setback distance, and am hopeful my own Municipality of Wainfleet will adopt a similar Bylaw very soon, you have immediately called it into question by admitting you don’t know if it’s ‘enforceable’?
    If it isn’t why did you do it?
    Like every elected Council in Ontario your first legal responsibility and priority is to ‘protect the best interests of your constituents’. Your Bylaw almost makes it seem you understand this so why on earth would you immediately pull the rug from beneath your own feet?
    As far as I have seen the only ones telling you you do not have the authority to overrule the Green Energy Act are the provincial government and the Ontario wind energy industry. Why on earth would you or anyone believe them or their lawyers?
    As a Council your responsibilities to protect those who elected you are covered by many and varied Acts and Laws, so far, in our haste to be intimidated by the wind industry, no Council has actually challenged whether or not the GEA actually does overrule every existing Act. Why not try? You have a Bylaw, enforce it and notify the proponents of any planned IWT project in your municipality that from the day you approved the Bylaw they will have to conform to a 2km set back distance, end of story! Then it is up to them.
    Even within the Ontario legal system do you really believe either the province or the Ontario wind energy industry could prove in a court of law that 550mtrs and 40dB remain safe?
    Andrew Watts

    • In every jurisdiction where the green energy
      scam has thrived, the wind industry has lobbied
      state/provincial governments to pass a GEA or
      its equivalent. Windies firgured out a long time
      ago that this would be the only way their scam
      would work. Silence the people their monstrosities
      would affect. The GEA supersedes municipal
      by-laws, resolutionts, motions etc….

  3. While I applaud the council for their preparations for the time when more power is returned to the municipalities (although I have difficulty believing that McGuinty really will do this in a manner that will benefit us and not him), let’s remember that as the turbines get bigger, the distance needs to increase too. 550m might have been sufficient for the very smallest of the turbines but now they are taller and more powerful. Someday they may also outgrow the 2km distance. Somehow, I see a need to work the height and power into the equation for setback as well.

      • If payback isn’t a, consider this: the rural infrastructure program has been cancelled and a youth correctional facility in Huron will be shut down.

  4. How local jurisdictions in Ontario have passed By-laws to regulate Wind Turbine placement or development? Anybody know? OWR? BigGreenie?

    • Many municipalities did have bylaws in place but, in 2009, the provincial government passed the Green Energy Act which stripped the right for local government to have any say.

      All those bylaws are now unenforceable by order of the province. The Green Energy Act over-rules all local government bylaws. For example my town had a 600 m setback in place. The developer ignored it.

      Or, are you referring to motions passed by municipalities for moratoriums, etc.? If so, click on the “Councils” tab above.

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