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Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn addresses a rally in front of the Ontario Legislature opposing plans to build a gas-fired power station 350 metres from homes in Oakville. (Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)
Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn addresses a rally in front of the Ontario Legislature opposing plans to build a gas-fired power station 350 metres from homes in Oakville. (Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)

Oakville temporarily blocks building of gas-fired power plant Add to ...

Oakville has temporarily blocked TransCanada Energy's plan to build a 900-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant next to the Ford car plant on the edge of the town.

Tuesday night, the Committee of Adjustment denied applications from the energy company and from Ford Motors, which planned to transfer the land at 1500 Royal Windsor Drive to the Calgary-based power generator and requested variances to zoning.

The committee pointed to an interim municipal bylaw that says a power plant generating more than 10 megawatts can't be built without a planning study to evaluate the possible environmental, land use, and public safety impacts.

The applications asked for relief from zoning bylaws that don't allow for construction 15 metres from the CN Rail Line; that request was also denied.

The committee's refusal comes on the heels of a Feb. 24 protest on Queen's Park where about 500 people demanded the government nix plans to build the power plant which they considered to be a public health and safety risk.

The proposed site is about 350 metres from homes and a local school and too close to the railroad tracks, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said.

While he called the committee's denial "good news," he said he didn't know whether it would stop construction since the committee's decision can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

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