Niagara this Week
WEST LINCOLN – Call it a do-it-yourself referendum. When West Lincoln township council decided not to pass a bylaw requiring a two-kilometre setback for industrial wind turbines, Cheryl Jeffery took matters into her own hands. The Wellandport resident’s home will have four turbines within one kilometre of it, if a $500-million wind farm development moves forward as planned. So she held her own unofficial community vote in an attempt to convince council to reconsider.
“I don’t think council understands there are a lot of people that don’t want these,” she said during a West Lincoln township planning committee meeting Monday night at South Lincoln high school. “I wanted to put a little pressure on council to tell them this community is speaking to them.”
Jeffery said she spent $1,000 to mail 3,500 flyers to homes across West Lincoln asking for votes on a two-kilometre setback — which would be nearly four times the 550-metre minimum set out by the Green Energy Act. Jeffery said of the 1,270 responses she received, 1,231 agreed with a two-kilometre setback, 22 disagreed and 17 didn’t want turbines to be built at all regardless of setback rules. Read article