Next week Todd Smith will present a private member’s bill on the restoration of municipal control over the zoning of industrial wind development. Since this bill reflects one of the planks in the Progressive Conservatives’ recent election campaign, it has been developed with the assistance of the PC caucus and has full backing. The return of municipal control would ensure that councils can consider a whole range of local impacts and approve only developments with real benefits for everyone.
The New Democratic Party has also opposed large-scale, private wind projects, preferring direct development by either communities or Ontario Power Generation. It will be interesting to see how the NDP responds to Todd’s bill.
If you would like to thank Todd for this useful initiative, please email his office: email@example.com.
(Excerpted from APPEC newsletter by Chair Henri Garand)