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The Blue Mountains Non-willing host to Wind Turbines

19/06/13

Council of the Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains at its meeting of June 17, 2013 adopted the following resolution respecting wind turbines:

WHEREAS the Provincial Government has recently conveyed the Governments desire to limit Industrial Wind Turbines to communities that are willing hosts;

AND WHEREAS the Town of The Blue Mountains completed a Constraints Analysis dated April 2007 related to Renewable Energy; 

AND WHEREAS the Constraint Analysis identified limited “unconstrained” areas within the Town of The Blue Mountains; 

AND WHEREAS the Town of The Blue Mountains completed a Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Report dated September 2009 (CHLAR);

AND WHEREAS the CHLAR identified ten proposed Cultural Heritage Landscape Areas within the Town that merit consideration;

AND WHEREAS a number of the Cultural Heritage Landscape Areas identified are within the previously referenced and identified “unconstrained” areas;

AND WHEREAS the CHLAR identified that industrial wind turbines could have an impact on cultural heritage landscapes;

AND WHEREAS a significant portion of the Town of The Blue Mountains is subject to the Niagara Escarpment Plan; 
AND WHEREAS the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act identifies that the purpose of the Act is to provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment, and to ensure only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment;

AND WHEREAS the Niagara Escarpment Commission has adopted a position that the Niagara Escarpment Plan should not be the focus of large-scale industrial-type wind power development;

AND WHEREAS the Medical Officer of Health for Grey-Bruce has found that many people in Grey Bruce and Southwestern Ontario have been impacted by the noise and proximity of wind farms;

NOW THEREFORE Council of the Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains hereby notifies the Province of Ontario that the Town of The Blue Mountains is not a willing host for Industrial Wind Turbine Projects for the aforementioned reasons;

AND THAT Council of the Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains hereby directs that this resolution be circulated to Premier Kathleen Wynne, The Minister of Environment, The County of Grey and all municipalities in Grey County, Carried.


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