A 50 million dollar development project with 8 wind turbines in Clearview Township has gotten approval from the Ministry of the Environment.
Once constructed Fairview Wind Farm will feed 2,276 homes with power.
The Ministry has approved the project subject to conditions outlines to guarantee the safety of pilots who fly into the Collingwoods Regional Airport or Stayner Airfield.
Clearview Township Mayor Chris VanderKruys says he feels the residents were ignored by the province.
He feels this will lead to the demise of the Collingwood Airport because pilots will not feel safe flying in there especially in inclement weather.
As for possible legal action, he’s not sure saying fighting this project has cost the township a lot already and he doubts the province
would listen to a small township in Simcoe County.
Kevin Surette of wpd Canada, the developer, says he feels it will benefit the township with clean energy and by allowing local farmers who will be hosting the turbines to keep their farms.
He says it will mean some can keep their family farms thanks to the income.
He expects construction will begin soon using local labour and services as much as possible.