Arrowwood Farms is looking to add some business to its blueberries and banquets with a new pavillion shelter.
Southwest Middlesex council unanimously passed a bylaw amendment that added a permitted use to the property off Riverside Drive west of Melbourne Road as “pavillion shelter related to an agricultural use and a banquet hall’ with a maximum floor area of 279 m2 (3,000 sq ft), and to add a maximum number of seats for the banquet hall and proposed pavillion of a total of 150, and a minimum number of 100 parking spaces.”
Noise can be an issue with parties -- people tend to get loud celebrating weddings -- so Arrowwood Farms included a noise study by Soft db.
The company provided recommendations for sound systems and speakers to mitigate noise conflicts with neighbours. The owners will also use calibrated sound level meter equipment, controlling the volume at the source using specialized monitoring equipment, and the study’s recommended placement of speakers. Arrowwood also proposed to cap the amount of combined seats for the banquet hall and pavillion to 150.
The land now contains a U-Pick blueberry operation, the Harvest Table caterer’s establishment and banquet hall, a single detached dwelling, a detached garage, agricultural accessory buildings including a barn, produce sales booth and pump house, and agricultural crop production.
Council accepted the propsed amendment at the Sept. 29 meeting without discussion or question, though it was originally brought up to council Aug. 25 and deferred to confirm temporary tents for summer events like weddings could still be put up with these changes.
Berry pickers and wedding guests should keep in mind that council also lowered the speed limit in the area after a request from area property owners from 80 km/h to 50 km/h.
Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner