Municipality of Lakeshore officially opposes commercial greenhouse development

At its last regular meeting this term, the Municipality of Lakeshore’s council voted 5 to 2 in favor of taking an official stance of opposition on the matter of commercial greenhouse development.

It’s a hot debate in the community that’s only gotten hotter as the end of a moratorium on any greenhouse construction approaches, in place until March. The moratorium was to give town hall time to get bylaws in order around the industry.

Coun. Linda McKinlay, who brought forth the motion, said the community just isn’t ready for commercial greenhouses.

Her motion cites public opposition, inadequate infrastructure related to traffic, water, and energy demand, and insufficient resources related to enforcing regulatory compliance, to name a few.

McKinlay, who isn’t seeking re-election and thus is officially retired from the council as of the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting, said one need only look to nearby Leamington and Kingsville to see the burden commercial greenhouses bring.

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