May 28th – a glorious night when our community came together:
A full house of mostly disgruntled Ste. Anne de Bellevue north citizens made their feelings for the proposed development of a 276-hectare area west of the L’Anse à l’Orme Nature Park abundantly clear Monday night at a public consultation meeting held at Ecole Bout de l’Îsle. About 400 people crowded in the school’s gymnasium to hear Ste. Anne town council officials explain the project that calls for extensive development of the area including commercial buildings, single-home dwellings, townhouses, apartments and condominiums. The proposed project could see the population of Ste. Anne’s north grow by 5,200 people, causing environmental, economic and traffic congestion problems for the area.
Paola Hawa, councillor for District 6 that covers the Ste. Anne’s north territory, opposes the project and Monday night got into a rancorous exchange with Mayor Francis DeRoo over whether council would commit to more detailed environmental, economic and traffic impact studies before the project goes ahead. With Hawa asking a question at the microphone, DeRoo came from the back of the gym where he had stood most of the night to defend council’s actions. “This (the project) is not Francis Deroo’s PPU (Plan Particulier d’Urbanisme), it is the city’s PPU,” he told Hawa. Some other members of the audience began shouting at DeRoo from the floor and proceedings were derailed as DeRoo shouted back.
It’s hard to believe that a more than half a year later the Mayor and Council still don’t understand we want the status quo. Green spaces, no increased taxes, no decreased property values, no more traffic (it’s horrible enough as it is). They still don’t understand that we have the right to zone the land the way we want to, not the way the developers want to.
Source: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue north project meets stiff resistance from local residents, By Ian Howarth, The Suburban