Lakeshore council is making setting up large-scale greenhouse operations in the municipality a lot more difficult, just as residents and councilors wanted. Council recently voted to update the town’s zoning bylaws and official plan to further regulate greenhouse development.
Proposed amendments would tighten controls and remove greenhouses as a permitted use in parts of the zoning bylaw, meaning each greenhouse development proposal would need to come forward for site-specific zoning and site plan amendments.
Site-specific zoning bylaw amendments are subject to council approval, meaning councilors will be able to approve or reject any new greenhouse proposal.
“We say the best option is to put as many controls, site plan agreements, the various amendments to the zoning bylaw and official plan, in place and then do our best to control them that way,” Lakeshore Deputy Mayor Kirk Walstedt said.
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