Collingwood votes to file notice of appeal of turbine approval
After today’s Special Council meeting, Council voted to waive notice and voted to file notice of appeal of the decision of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to permit wind turbines to be built in the vicinity of the Collingwood Regional Airport.
Council passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS wpd Fairview Wind Incorporated proposes to build a Class 4 wind facility, including 8 wind turbines, in the Township of Clearview.
AND WHEREAS the wind facility is to be located in the area bounded by i) Sideroad 27 and 28 Nottawasaga to the North; ii) Concession 6 Nottawasaga N to the West; iii) Industrial Road and County Road 42 to the East; and iv) Sideroad 18 and 19 Nottawasaga to the South.
AND WHEREAS the wind facility location, including proposed locations of the turbine numbers 1,3,4,5 & 8, will intrude into the operating air space at the Collingwood Regional Airport (“CRA”).
AND WHEREAS Collingwood retained the services of an aviation consultant in 2014 and 2015, who concluded that that the proposed wind turbine locations will have significant impacts to CRA’s operating procedures, including landing and take-off minimums and general accessibility. The operational changes will increase safety and human health concerns at CRA.
AND WHEREAS Collingwood and the Township of Clearview jointly retained the services of land use planning and development economics consultant in 2015, who concluded that the CRA is fulfilling its intended function as an economic engine for Collingwood, and delivering substantial economic benefit to the South Georgian Bay region. The consultant further confirmed that approval of the proposed wind turbine locations will cause damage to ongoing CRA businesses and potential business expansion at CRA.
AND WHEREAS Collingwood and the Township of Clearview submitted these consultant reports to the Director in January 2016, requesting that the Director refuse to issue the Renewable Energy Approval to wpd Fairview Wind Incorporated until such time as the proposed locations of the turbines did not intrude into the operating air space at CRA.
AND WHEREAS on February 11, 2016, the Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) issued Renewable Energy Approval No. 3948-9RDLRF to wpd Fairview Wind Incorporated granting approval for the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a Class 4 wind facility.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT Council continues to express its fundamental concerns regarding the location of the wpd Fairview Wind Incorporated wind farm proposal, and Renewable Energy Approval No. 3948-9RDLRF.
AND THAT Council instruct legal counsel to draft and file a Notice of Appeal of Renewable Energy Approval No. 3948-9RDLRF to the Environmental Review Tribunal, and for legal counsel to continue its review of Renewable Energy Approval No. 3948-9RDLRF.
AND FURTHER THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded immediately to our MPP, MP and other partnering municipalities, including the CRA, Town of Wasaga Beach and the Township of Clearview, the Town of the Blue Mountains and the County of Simcoe.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with our stakeholders to ensure the future success of the Airport.