Plympton-Wyoming Proceeding With Wind Turbine Laws

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Plympton-Wyoming is moving ahead with new municipal bylaws governing wind turbines following a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on a challenge brought by Suncor Energy.

Justice Garson ruled some portions of the proposed bylaws including 2 km setbacks conflict with provincial rules or would be difficult to apply in practice.

Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper says the court also indicated however the municipality has the authority to enact bylaws designed to protect the health, safety and well-being of residents.

Mayor Napper says they’re acting promptly in response to the ruling and have given first reading to new bylaws related to noise, fees, insurance protection and removal costs.

“Based on the information we have, we don’t think any wind company will be able to consistently comply,” says Napper. “Given that we need to enhance our by-laws, wind companies should probably look to build somewhere else.”

Suncor’s Jason Vaillant says they’re satisfied with the ruling and agree with the judge’s decision.

He says the company will “continue to work with Plympton-Wyoming and develop a project that not only complies with the regulations set out for them by the province but also the municipal development rules related to the project.”

Suncor plans to erect 46 wind turbines, primarily in Plympton-Wyoming.

Provincial approval of the project is still needed.