In an effort to reduce area light pollution, Chatham-Kent is moving ahead with a greenhouse lighting bylaw. Council approved a staff recommendation to require greenhouses install blackout curtains and use them during sunset and sunrise if lights are in operation.
West Kent Coun. Lauren Anderson applauded the municipality’s proactive stance, saying the change will be “good for everybody.” “It’s a really important thing to do now, rather than try to implement something later,” she said.
The bylaw, which the council approved unanimously, allows increased light emissions for ceiling venting. This lets operators retract ceiling curtains by up to 10 per cent for venting between sunset and 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and sunrise.
There will also be an extended phase-in period of 18-plus months to give operators time to comply with the rules, the staff report said.
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