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Lakeshore to update greenhouse bylaws and study business park concept

The updated bylaws will be provided at upcoming council meetings.

February 16, 2023  By Greenhouse Canada

Lakeshore logoLogo courtesy Municipality of Lakeshore.

The municipality of Lakeshore, Ont., is updating bylaws concerning greenhouses—and is also studying the notion of a greenhouse business park.

On Feb. 14, Lakeshore’s municipal council hosted a statutory public meeting to hear resident and stakeholder feedback on proposed amendments to an official plan and zoning bylaw addressing large-scale greenhouse farms.

The council deliberated and directed administration to include additional measures designed to eliminate potential impacts of greenhouses, including lighting, odour and stockpiling of waste. The council also expanded setback distances from settlement areas, updated language to include all commercial greenhouses and added requirements for community impact analyses.


“We appreciate all our constituents who took the time to share their feedback throughout the last two years of public consultation,” said Bailey, Lakeshore’s mayor. “As a council, we know how important this issue is to our residents, especially in rural areas. We’ve exercised the full extent our jurisdiction to mitigate the negative impacts of greenhouses and I look forward to continuing these efforts with the direction provided by council.”

The updated bylaws will be provided at the Feb. 28 and Mar. 7 meetings for consideration. The council also directed administration to bring a report describing the scope and estimated cost of a study to consider designating a greenhouse business park.

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