By John Van Dyk, CFFO Commentary
Despite protests against them, Wind Projects are slowly being completed. Many townships are tackling a wide variety of issues, such as determining the right amount to charge for a wind development permit, other questions are emerging. One of the biggest and most important question to ask is whether the Minimum Distance Separation , or MDS, is appropriately balancing current development with future potential development on the part of neighbors to ensure fairness in the long-term.
Whenever an application for a permit for a new development like a livestock barn, house, or shed occurs, then the township must assure that all the MDS criteria have been met. In cases where an applicant is within a specified distance to an identified concern, such as a to a creek, wetland or municipal well then additional clearances will be required before constructing the building can proceed.
Since many wind turbine developments have been signed with landowners, often unknown to the adjacent neighboring farms, then getting the MDS right the first time has the potential to prevent many legal battles. It is often suggested that one of the reasons people find wind turbine development a problem is that they have lost out on an economic opportunity, but properly applied MDS regulations can prevent this situation from occurring. Read article