An important project milestone includes entering into a Development Agreement with the Municipality of the District of Chester. Under the Municipality’s Land-Use By-Law, all electric generating facilities with a production rating of 10 MW or more which are not owned by the Municipality of Chester that are to be located in the General Basic Zone must enter into a Development Agreement with the Municipality.
On October 15, 2012, the project submitted a letter to Chester Council requesting to enter into a Development Agreement. The Municipality held a meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) on Monday January 21st at the Forest Heights Community School. In addition, Municipal Council and staff from the Community Development Department held a Public Information Open House in Council Chambers on February 11 and Public Hearings at Forest Heights Community School on February 21 and March 4.
On March 14, Council voted to approve the Development Agreement for the South Canoe Wind Farm. On behalf of our South Canoe Wind Farm project team, we’d like to thank you for all of the time and energy that has been put into the Development Agreement process. We appreciate your input into the process and will continue to work with you over the coming months and years.
On September 5, 2013, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) delivered a decision on the appeals of Chester Municipal Council’s Development Agreement approval. The UARB decided to uphold Council’s approval of the Development Agreement, confirming that Council carried out the intent of the Municipal Planning Strategy.