Article by Trevor Terfloth, Owen Sound Sun Times
To help preserve the rural night sky, a West Kent councillor will seek a staff report concerning greenhouse light emissions and possible mitigation measures that could be taken.
Coun. Melissa Harrigan entered the notice of motion, which will come forward for discussion at the next meeting, on Monday night.
If approved, the report would include a summary of engagement with industry stakeholders, residents and neighbouring communities with respect to greenhouse regulations.It would also provide recommendations with options to proactively address any potential light nuisances from greenhouses. The report would return to council no later than April 1.
“It’s something that I’ve been watching other communities deal with.” Harrigan said during an interview Tuesday. “Kingsville and Leamington have had a lot of conversations about greenhouses lately.”
She said several Wheatley residents initially approached her with their concerns, which led her to believe the issue should be investigated for the rest of Chatham-Kent as well.
“I thought it would be a really good time now to have the conversation proactively,” Harrigan said. “We know there’s a lot of greenhouse interest in Southwestern Ontario. … I will expect that will increase over time to be in Chatham-Kent.”Having industry stakeholders consulted from the beginning would help determine the best mitigation strategies for everyone, she added.
In October, Kingsville town council unanimously approved a new bylaw that restricts nighttime light pollution from greenhouses and odours from cannabis production.