By Chris Pickup

A sign of incipient paranoia around the issue of cannabis reared its head at Tuesday’s Haldimand council in committee during discussion of a proposed new mini storage business in Jarvis.

Upon learning the property would include a climate controlled warehouse, councillor Bernie Corbett uttered a startled … “cannabis?”.

Nope, turns out there are other things that require climate control such as fine furniture, artwork, books, anything sensitive to humidity and temperature.  Rick Dixon, representing owner W. J. Moving, noted even washing machines can start to degenerate in humid conditions.

The new business is proposed for an agriculturally zoned property just north of Jarvis on Hwy. 6. The land, which is fragmented from larger agricultural operations, used to house greenhouses, but now there is only a  house and detached garage which is presently rented. It would eventually be torn down. 

The proponent was requesting an amendment to the Haldimand Official Plan and Nanticoke zoning by law to allow the new business.

The plan is for six unheated mini storage buildings, built of brick, concrete and steel, plus the climate controlled warehouse and office. Each storage building will be divided for a potential 192 individual storage spaces, with W. J. Moving possibly using some of them. 

There will be restrictions on what can be stored, nothing flammable so no danger from a fire standpoint. It is expected the contents would be personal goods and items, and off season products such as camping gear.

Access to the site would be electronically controlled but not much traffic is expected – maybe twice a year for each unit renter.

His only concern was regarding possible light spillage to the property to the north. But staff assured there is a photometrics plan which would prevent  that.

“The area has been neglected for many years, commented councillor Stewart Patterson. “It’s nice to see something going in.”

His only concern was regarding possible light spillage to the property to the north. But staff assured there is a photometrics plan which would prevent  that.