Specifically, these bylaws will result in the following
- Designate ethanol as a Noxious Product, thereby restricting it to land zoned EM5 (Special Industrial).
- Stipulate in the Official Plan and Industrial By-law that ethanol production be separated from "sensitive land uses" (i.e. residences, schools, hospitals, places of worship, environmentally protected areas and other ethanol production facilities) by a minimum of 1,000 meters (one kilometer).
These bylaws will serve to restrict ethanol production such that it would be separated from those "sensitive land uses" by the maximum distance contemplated in accepted Provincial planning policy. It will be a contravention of Barrie's Official Plan and Industrial By-law to allow ethanol production to occur virtually anywhere in Barrie. Importantly, Northern Ethanol’s application would be rejected taking into account the proposed changes. These new measures taken by the City of Barrie can still be overturned by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and a legal case against the city by Northern Ethanol has yet to be dealt with. Meanwhile, Collingwood's own ethanol plant continues to work with the Ministry of Environment in trying to alleviate the noise and odour problems that have doggedly plagued that facility since its start-up. The citizens in Barrie would appear to have reason to claim a victory. Only time will tell if the final outcome in our community with give residents of east-end Collingwood, the Town and Collingwood Ethanol reason to mutually feel the same way.