The Town of Kingsville is taking steps to dim the brightness in local skies caused by the area’s expanding greenhouse industry. The town recently sent bylaw officers out to inspect some greenhouses, checking whether they were in compliance with their site plans requiring blinds and side curtains.
“It’s the first time we’ve done it formally,” said Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos. Santos said the timing for the by-law officers’ visits has much to do with the seasons changing. The powerful grow lights, which produce the luminous displays in the skies, are used most between October and March.
The officers’ focus was on any new or expanding greenhouse. Greenhouses built prior to 2012, which haven’t expanded, are grandfathered under the town’s policy. Those built from 2017 on, when the current rules came into force, must have roof and side curtains.