Dufferin eyes $4K per turbine fee

by Chris Halliday, Orangeville Banner
Any new wind turbines built in Dufferin won’t spin in the breeze for cheap, as they once did — at least in terms of development charges (DCs). As Dufferin revamps its DCs bylaw, county council plans to enter a brave new world where wind turbines and those charges meet. If approved next month, Dufferin could be the first municipality in Ontario to collect DCs based on a volumetric approach, which could land the county about $3,938 per turbine.

“My opinion is $4,000 isn’t a lot of money for a wind turbine,” said Orangeville Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock. “That’s what we should be asking.” Currently, Dufferin is eligible to collect DCs based on gross floor area (GFA) relating to wind turbine projects, which results in a $6.06 charge per square metre. Since wind turbines don’t occupy a large amount of space, the current model doesn’t add a lot to Dufferin’s coffers.

“Wind turbines generally have a small floor plate compared to a warehouse, a factory or a retail store for example,” said Jason Bevan of Hemson Consulting Limited. “The rates can be relatively small.” As Bevan explained, wind turbines weren’t really contemplated when the province’s Development Charges Act was implemented in 1997. As a result, municipalities across the province are beginning to charge more DCs for wind turbine projects.

“It is kind of a new area,” Bevan said. “Of course, many counties and area municipalities have been receiving applications over the last 10 years for wind turbines.” Read article

10 thoughts on “Dufferin eyes $4K per turbine fee

  1. So – does it appear to anybody else (as well as me), that Dufferin wil simply use the turbines to ‘cash in’ on them, by charging more than they do now – resulting in more revenue accrued per turbine ? That is not what we want – we want NO turbines – aka NO turbines ….. not more revenue collected from them! WHO is on our side????

  2. Obviously , the deputy mayor there is in favour of wind turbines, because the roughly $4000 fee per turbine they want to charge, is chump change to the wind companies.. Look at all the money each turbine will supposedly produce during it’s lifetime!! 4 G’s is peanuts..Should be more like 400G’s per turbine..The message is still not clear to the wind companies that they’re not wanted ..One has to try and hit them where it hurts.. In the pocketbook !! Just my opinion..

  3. A Town Council cannot pass by-laws prohibiting IWT’s in within the township: such by-laws would be ultra vires the GEA (illegal). It can regulate noise, setbacks, and it can charge huge money for the permit. Not a cash grab; maybe an attempt to dissuade the developer? But, as pointed out above, the charge is rather low, too low. Charge per lineal foot: 4000 x 300 = 12 million?

    • hey admin –
      I’m not getting what you are saying.
      Re: town council passing an ‘Ultra Virus’ bylaw……?

      could you please explain.

      • Well I’m not a brainiac –
        but you have two arguments
        The Green Energy Act (Bill 150)
        is either ‘Ultra Vires’ – or illegal

  4. Still can’t believe they are putting them up there. Is it on the island, in Lake Simcoe or on land? Is it in conjunction with the reserve?

  5. Northern Bruce Peninsula: Section 14 – Building Permits: By-Law No. 2012-02
    Commercial, Industrial, Institutional – Group A,B,C,D,E,F
    $13.00 per $1,000.00 of estimated construction = $1,950,000.00 for the 75 IWT Preneal wants to build here. (That is using a calculation of 2 million dollars per turbine.) (Hope I did that right, my calculator is not used to those kind of numbers.)
    That is not including the Windstream project or the Tribute project in South Bruce Peninsula.
    Then there are the entrance permits, road use permits, 911 sign purchase and installation fee.

    And then how can our local building inspector inspect them? I don’t think he has training in IWTs.

    This adds up to a lot of money to the average person but the wind industry may be able to afford it. Then there is the bribe of ‘community funding’. It is only a promise. What happens when one company sells to another company or goes broke or the subsidies dry up? They will be gone so fast it will make your head spin. No community funding and no one to decommission the damned things. Councils should not buy anything from snake oil salesmen.

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