Council approves new planning requirements for assessing power generation proposals

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – for immediate release

Council approves new planning requirements for assessing power generation proposals

Interim control by-law will remain in effect until March 29, 2011

Oakville Town Council approved a report last night that will see amendments for assessing proposals for power generation facilities made to the town’s official plan, zoning by-law and north Oakville zoning by-law. The new requirements will provide the town with the ability to assess appropriate size, type, scale and location of proposed power generation facilities, including cogeneration facilities, throughout the town.

“Large power generation facilities will have significant environmental impacts on our community. We need rigorous criteria when it comes to reviewing proposals for power generation and cogeneration facilities in our town, and now we have them,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

The new official plan and zoning amendments will also see that all power generation and cogeneration facility proposals are subject to site-specific applications, supporting studies, peer reviews as well as full municipal, agency and public involvement. Cogeneration facilities greater than 25 megawatt and other types of power generation facilities greater than or equal to 5 megawatt would require both an official plan and zoning by-law amendment.

“Staff now has the appropriate policies and regulations to deal specifically with the regulation of power generation facilities,” added Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Planning and Development. “We followed the Ontario Municipal Board’s direction to expeditiously complete a land use study and are now ready to work with any power generation proposal.”

In 2009, Council passed Interim Control By-law 2009-065 prohibiting power plants with a generating capacity greater than or equal to 10 megawatts from being built in Oakville until the town completed a land use policy study, including a public consultation strategy.  A public open house took place on April 28, 2010 and a facilitated workshop was held on May 18, 2010. Another open house was held on September 21, 2010 prior to last night’s final report and recommended amendments going before Council.

Mayor Burton thanked the public for their ongoing participation and involvement. “Public input has been at the forefront of our study since it started in 2009,” Mayor Burton said.

The interim control by-law will remain in effect until March 29, 2011.

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For more information

Jane Clohecy
Commissioner, Planning and Development
Town of Oakville
905-338-4243
jclohecy@oakville.ca     

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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