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Power plant gets temporarily blocked in Oakville

Oakville has put a temporary roadblock in the way of plans for a900-megawatt gas-fired power plant that is opposed by the town and acoalition of citizen groups.

Oakville has put a temporary roadblock in the way of plans for a 900-megawatt gas-fired power plant that is opposed by the town and a coalition of citizen groups.

But it won’t stop TransCanada Energy from ultimately building the plant, according to company spokesman Chris Breen.

This week, the town’s committee of adjustment turned down a request by TransCanada and Ford Motor Company, the landowner, for variances to reduce the parking standards and setbacks from railway tracks at the site.

The town has temporarily frozen development of the site with an interim control bylaw that prohibits construction of any power plant 10 or more megawatts in size, pending an impact study by the town. That study will be ready for council on March 29.

 
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