The PPU Calls for high density housing which in lay terms means overcrowding with cheaper housing, more traffic, crime, and pollution. In the process you destroy wetlands, fauna, and flora. What’s worse is that the new neighbours are transients: apartment dwellers and those interested only in cheap starter homes. They have no sense of community. Is that what we want for the North Sector? Absolutely not.
Below is an excellent brief posted on the website S.A.V.E Senneville.
The terms condos, townhouses, high density housing are inflammatory to many of us. But Why? 1. High density housing serves a very useful purpose, transitional accommodations; whether it is a starter home, downsizing, student housing, and more. It’s useful for individuals, but challenging on a community. Unfortunately, the very nature of high density housing attracts a temporary population and this makes it extremely difficult for this type of resident to contribute to the stability and programs within the community.
A high density housing resident, according to Statistics Canada, moves once every five years. This is clearly evidenced by the pervasive number of “for sale” signs around the
Ste Anne de Bellevue condos.
2. High density housing promotes anonymity and anonymity clearly strains public security.
3. In an ideal world, we would all downsize and move into one of the 184 units that Council has proposed. However, it’s unrealistic and naive to believe that the Council will be able to predict the
complexion of the tenants of such developments. What is known is that a significant number of condos on the island of Montreal are not owner occupied. They are rented. Senneville will not be
insulated from this phenomenon. Unfortunately, the character of Senneville as we know it today will change; hence no need to stay in Senneville.
4. We know the needs of a tenant vary considerably from an owner occupied dwelling. Public Transportation becomes essential and renters of high density housing will eventually demand and receive such services. No community has, nor will our community be able to ignore this need.
5. Senneville works because it is not a starter community. Our citizens demonstrate their commitment to Senneville by establishing long term roots. Introducing high density housing with a short term rental population will dangerously alter the landscape of Senneville.
6. Of critical significance will be the general services and maintenance needs of a high density housing development. The level of activity for individual goods and services will turn this
peaceful enclave in to a hub of unwanted activities. 184 units will have a revolving door of 184 different contractors, 184 deliveries, 184 movers, 184 realtors, 184 maintenance, etc that will impact this community daily and into perpetuity. There will be a constant influx of unidentified persons, trucks, and automobiles on our streets. High tenant turnover rates will intensify this situation. Ever present real estate signage will contribute to the visual pollution.
7. Services such as convenience stores, gas stations, atm, typically follow high density housing developments. More service trucks, more traffic, more pollution, and more strangers.
8. The impact of over 300 personal cars will be unmistakable, night and day.
9. It is unknown what the impact on the resale market of the existing homes will be if they must compete with comparably priced units. The owners of Garden City will tell you that the
market for their homes has stagnated because of the competition from the condos.
10.As highlighted at the Information Meeting, the tax benefits of high density housing are negligible. And finally, the precedent set, will be dangerous and completely
High density housing was not the foundation from which the established community of Senneville was built. So where do we go from here?
Look around you. The community is in anguish. We want to be a part of the future of Senneville. The Plan is a daunting one and we need to be in this together. Let’s go forward in a spirit of
collaboration. Let’s tap into our resources that already exist. We have scientists, lawyers, developers, financiers, farmers, within our village limits that our willing to help. Let’s initiate positive dialogues with our neighbors; STe Anne de Bellveue, Charles River and the school boards. Let’s work together for the future of Senneville.