Encroachment is defined as: “(to) intrude, especially on another’s territory or rights.” (Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 1998). One of the more unsavory aspects to Ontario’s wind turbine placement rules is that they can restrict the neighbor’s use of his land once the turbine is installed. Once the turbine is placed, it is up to the local issuer of building permits to allow a home to be built within the 550 m provincially-dictated setback. Many of them have a policy of not issuing such a permit due to health issues, thus restricting the owner’s rights.
SaveAI and APAI have produced several maps showing the encroachment resulting from the planned turbine placements on portions of Amherst Island. They explain:
- The dots in the centre of the circles are the proposed turbine locations, as supplied by Algonquin Power, using the UTM locations from the Algonquin Power website.
- The circles show the 550 metre radius from the turbines – the setbacks required from people who haven’t signed a lease agreement with Algonquin Power.
- The areas shaded in yellow show the encroachment on the land owned by neighbouring Islanders, by Algonquin Power, and by the people who lease to Algonquin Power.
Both of these pictures are clickable. They overlap slightly, and you’ll notice that parts of the western picture were left uncolored, due to some uncertainty in property lines and ownership.