Wind turbine process undemocratic, mayor says

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Norwood -Mayor Doug Pearcy is frustrated by the lack of democratic process and municipal control in the march to build three football-field-sized wind turbines in the township just west of Hastings. He also warns that the wind farm will effect everyone in the municipality, not just those living in the target zone, if nearby properties are devalued and owners win assessment relief forcing council to raise taxes to make up for any shortfall.

“At this moment (municipal) moratoriums don’t mean very much in the wind power industry,” a clearly frustrated Pearcy said during the final public meeting for the Wind Farm Collie Hill “small” project undertaken by Zero Emission People on private property north and south of County Road 2 west of Hastings. The company wants to build three 1.8 MW turbines, two south of the county road and one north of the country road just east of the Middle 5th Line of Asphodel.

Each turbine tower is 100 metres tall from ground to hub and each of its three blades is 92 metres long making for a massive structure of nearly 150 metres (492 feet) in height.  When township council passed its two wind turbine moratoriums Pearcy says they thought they were doing “something concrete. “But it’s meaningless” because the province will issue the building permits. “It’s frustrating. It’s not a democratic thing to take the rights of municipal council away and I can’t understand any government doing that.” Read article

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