Town open house sets out next steps for assessing power generation facilities

Friday, September 24, 2010 – for immediate release

Town open house sets out next steps for assessing power generation facilities

Staff report goes to Town Council on September 27, 2010

Tuesday night’s open house introduced Oakville residents to the proposed new planning requirements for assessing proposals for power generation facilities. Town staff will present a report, recommending amendments to the town’s official plan, zoning by-law and north Oakville zoning by-law, at a statutory public meeting on September 27, 2010.

“Council will have an opportunity to set strict criteria when it comes to reviewing proposals for power generation and cogeneration facilities in our town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We’ve listened to staff, consultants and residents over the last 18 months, and now it’s time to put the wishes of our community in writing.”

At the open house, town staff outlined the final Land Use Study report that demonstrates the complexity of regulating power generation facilities. As a result, the September 27 staff report to Council will include a recommendation for a policy framework that will take into consideration the size, type and scale of the proposed power generation facility.

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

Members of the public wishing to make a presentation to Council on this subject at the September 27 Planning and Development Council meeting, can register in advance as a delegate by contacting Kathy Patrick, supervisor, Council and Committee Services at 905-338-4235 or at kpatrick@oakville.ca Written submissions are also accepted. Please forward by noon on September 27. 

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For more information

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


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