The Settlers Landing wind project approval was posted on the Environmental Registry on May 7th, 2015. There were 2330 comments posted on the Registry. This is the third project proposed on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the second project of three proposed in the Manvers area of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Sumac Ridge, the first project proposed on the Oak Ridges Moraine, was approved in December 2013. It was appealed through the Environmental Review Tribunal process. The Tribunal dismissed the Appeal in February 2015 but did find there was a risk of serious and irreversible harm and made a number of recommendations. The Tribunal’s Decision was Appealed to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. To date, no Decision on the Appeal by the Minister has been issued.
The timing of these projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine co-incides with a review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan with Province planning to strengthen protection of Natural Areas, protect Agricultural land and put measures in place to address Climate Change. www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx
The issues of wind turbines has been a major issue at Town Halls being held to discuss changes to the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Greenbelt Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Growth Plan. Residents called for a Moratorium as was done before the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan was implemented in 2002. They pointed out that the protections in the Oak Ridges Moarine Conservation Plan, when applied, do protect natural areas and agricultural land and improve resiliency in the event of extreme climate change.
Land Use Review: Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Review – Environmental Registry Comments: