Wilson reintroduces municipal planning powers bill
(October 4, 2016) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has reintroduced his Private Member's Bill, the Restoring Planning Powers to Municipalities Act, 2016.
The PC House Leader reintroduced the bill in the Ontario Legislature last Tuesday.
First introduced in 2013, the bill is part of Wilson's ongoing effort to give municipalities back the authority to decide what renewable energy projects are built within their community, if any.
"In my riding of Simcoe-Grey, it's clear the Wpd Canada Fairview Wind Project isn't welcome and yet local municipalities have no say in the matter. It's a disgraceful way to treat municipal governments. You require municipal approval to build a house. You require municipal approval to build a shed. It's ridiculous to suggest local governments have no say in renewable energy projects."
Wilson's bill aims to amend the Planning Act, reversing previous amendments made by the Green Energy Act in 2009 that exempt renewable energy undertakings from the municipal process.
If enacted, the bill will restore municipal planning powers and allow local leaders to make decisions that they have traditionally been allowed to make.
"Before the Liberals' Green Energy Act, these decisions were left up to local councils because they know best and understand the communities they serve," Wilson said. "It boggles my mind that the Liberals have allowed un-elected bureaucrats in Toronto office towers to have the ability to usurp municipal leaders in places such as Clearview Township."
He said the Kathleen Wynne Liberals have treated rural Ontario residents about as shabby as possible.
"I'm calling on them now to do the right thing and support my bill," Wilson said.
For more information call:
Office of Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey