Dutton-Dunwich seeks noise protection bylaw
St. Thomas Times-Journal, October 19
Dutton/Dunwich council is vetting bylaws to regulate wind turbines in the municipality
Several bylaws drafted by Dutton/Dunwich to counter the anticipated impact of industrial wind turbines have been referred to legal counsel for review before final adoption.
Council voted Wednesday for two readings only on bylaws designed to limit light flicker and noise generated by turbines.
One bylaw seeks to regulate noise from industrial wind turbines. The other is aimed at controlling shadow light flicker from a turbine.
The preamble to the bylaw defines it as: “Being a bylaw to prohibit shadow flicker from any source including, but not limited to, industrial wind turbines …”
Coun. Dan McKillop said the municipality should get clarification on certain points before it proceeds with final adoption and implementation of the bylaws.
McKillop suggested it would be better to spend the time having the bylaws reviewed to make sure Dutton/Dunwich is in sound legal position before they are passed into law.
First and second reading of the bylaws was passed unanimously on recorded votes for each.
One other building bylaw regulating permits and fees for construction of buildings, etc, specifically stated issuance of permits also applied to industrial wind turbines. That clause should be referred to legal counsel for review, McKillop pointed out.
Both light flicker and noise have been targetted as potential byproducts of industrial wind turbine operation.
Invenergy has aplied to erect wind turbines in Dutton/Duwnich and is awaiting approval.
Ontario’s Green Energy Act limits what steps municipalities can take to control wind turbines.