Town to defend its interim control by-law against TransCanada court actions

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 – for immediate release

Town to defend its interim control by-law against TransCanada court actions

TransCanada seeks order from Ontario Supreme Court to permit proposed power plant

March 30, 2010 – For immediate release
The town will defend its interim control by-law against TransCanada Energy’s latest court action, which seeks an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice enabling TransCanada to move forward with its plans to build a 900 megawatt power plant at 1500 Royal Windsor Drive, despite the by-law’s prohibitions.

“We will defend against this court action and TransCanada’s appeals regarding our by-law because it is our right to safeguard and promote sound community planning,” Mayor Burton said. “The health and safety of Oakville residents is foremost in our minds with respect to this by-law.”

TransCanada’s application will be heard on June 24. In addition, TransCanada is appealing its site plan, minor variance and severance applications regarding the proposed power plant to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A date for the hearing of these appeals has not yet been set.

Council voted last night to extend the interim control by-law, which prohibits power generating facilities with capacities greater than or equal to 10 megawatts from being built in Oakville until land use studies are completed, until March 30, 2011.

Another application from TransCanada seeking leave to appeal the decision made by the OMB last December to uphold the town’s interim control by-law is also before the courts.

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For more information contact:

Douglas Carr
Town Solicitor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3018

Jane Courtemanche, Director
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038


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