Sunday, February 28, 2021

Council to receive a report on greenhouse light emissions

Chatham-Kent Council will receive a report on greenhouse light emissions in the spring of 2021.

A motion by West Kent Councillor Melissa Harrigan was unanimously approved by Council at their electronic meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020.

“The greenhouse industry is an important part of agriculture today and in the future in Chatham-Kent,” Harrigan said in her motion.

“It is important to ensure greenhouse owners are able to be successful, while simultaneously promoting the existence of dark night sky in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.”

With the approval, staff is set to bring forward a report no later than April 1, 2021.

“This report (will) include a summary of engagement with industry stakeholders, members of the public, and neighbouring communities with regard to greenhouse regulations,” Harrigan said in her motion.

“This report (will) provide recommendations with options to proactively address any potential light nuisance from greenhouses in CK.”

Bruce McAllister, general manager of community development, said Leamington and Kingsville recently passed motions to address greenhouse lighting in their communities.

McAllister said conversations will take place with the both communities in the preparation of the spring report.

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