After much discussion and research, a building permit fee for wind turbines has been set in North Perth. Council here has agreed to $20,000 per turbine.
Officials indicate it is an appropriate cost recovery option for a list of potential municipal expenses including engineering and hydrological studies.
Councillor Warren Howard says it would be great if the figure could be higher but it has to be justified. He feels the current set of numbers will stand up against all challenges.
The wind turbine building permit fee is now part of North Perth’s rates and fees by-law which better prepares the municipality for future projects.
Invenergy Canada is proposing a 23 to 27 wind turbine development in the area.