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Kingsville council passes bylaw prohibiting greenhouse odour and light pollution

Kingsville council passed a bylaw forcing cannabis growers to curtail odour and light pollution. Nuisance bylaw applies to other greenhouses creating light pollution.

Bylaw comes into effect immediately with fines from $5,000 to $100,000

Light from a greenhouse illuminates the sky. (Peter Loewen)

Kingsville town council voted unanimously Monday night to pass a bylaw to prohibit and regulate odours and lighting from greenhouses growing cannabis. The bylaw also controls light pollution from other greenhouse operations.

Council set aside $25,000 to pay for enforcement costs and $10,000 for overtime costs.

Bert Mucci, the CEO of Mucci Farms, asked council to defer the decision to give Mucci Farms and other greenhouse growers time to have input on the bylaw. Mucci Farms has been proactive in installing blackout curtains in 75 per cent of its greenhouse space.

But council remained firm that the greenhouses have had ample time to make changes.

Coun. Larrry Patterson says residents have been frustrated with the smell and light pollution for too long.

"We've been hammered by our residents and we all totally support what our residents have asked of us," Patterson told council via a Zoom meeting.

"People have smelled Class 2 marijuana operations as a nuisance long enough in this municipality. People have waited for a few years to have dark sky compliance," he said.

The bylaw comes into effect immediately, but town CEO John Norton says officers will have discretion to issue warnings.

The maximum penalty for an individual breaking the bylaw is $5,000 for a first offence and $10,000 for a subsequent offence. For corporations the maximum fines are $50,000 for a first offence and $100,000 for a subsequent offence.

 

Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story left out the fact all greenhouse operations are subject to a prohibition of light pollution. This story clarifies that fact.
    Oct 27, 2020 3:20 PM ET

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