Those of you who have read my previous posts will know that I had great concerns about the loopholes in the Green Energy Act allowing huge ground mounted solar panels to be erected in residential areas with no input from the local Municipality… no building permit…. no safety checks. By my calculations, these structures likely weigh over 1000 pounds and could be very dangerous in some of the wind storms we have seen in the last couple of years.
The good news lies below in a report from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO):
Solar ground-mount projects will be prohibited in residential and prime agricultural lands (Classes 1, 2, 3, organic, and mixed) and only allowed as a secondary use in commercial and industrial areas.
AMO is pleased that ground-mount solar projects will no longer be allowed in residential and prime agricultural areas as this will address several unintended negative consequences to local land use planning present in Fit 1.0.
AMO is also encouraged that the Province is committing to doing a better job communicating and educating municipalities, developers, investors, and the general public on the municipal consultation process and all other renewable energy approval processes.
A ground mounted solar panel in Lincoln – extremely close to a residential back yard.
Last night Lincoln town staff held the second of the Public Information Sessions, revealing the options for fixing the damage that years of fast flowing water has done to the banks of Konkle Creek between the Fairgrounds and Greenlane Road.
The option that had the highest "rating" throught the EA process included the purchase of about six acres on the West side of the creek so that the creek can be essentially restructured and then be allowed to meander as it was meant to. This option is the best option for a few reasons. It would require the least amount of maintainance (none essentially – if it is constructed properly and the plantings are sufficient). It has the longest life span (forever, in theory). It, at this point is not more expensive than the other options, but the final cost is subject to the outcome of the negotiations between the Town and the owner of the land to the West. The owner of the property was at the PIC last night, is aware of the Town’s possible interest in purchasing the lands, and has not said no.
The other two presented options were as follows: Reinforce the banks as they exist – all at once, or reinforce the banks as they exist – but in phases. Both of these options are at least as expensive as the first, require long term maintenance, and have shorter life spans (80 to 100 years).
For clear reasons, I am hoping we can achieve the first option.