Wanting to save green space and actually doing it are not the same.
Some advice for new councils at western tip of the island
Source: Brenda O’Farrell, The Gazette
Wherever there are still large tracts of open land in the West Island, the public debate during the municipal election campaigns focused on how to stop, or at least, limit development.
In Ste. Anne de Bellevue, the concern was the Anse à l’Orme woods. Critics questioned at least one mayoral candidate’s commitment to saving the woods from development, pointing to the fact that he owned a company that sold new homes.
So what is next?
In Ste. Anne, the new council should look at restarting the public consultation process to draft a new urban development plan. The last one, which proposed to essentially double the size of the town, was roundly rejected. Ste. Anne does not have the infrastructure, the access to public transit nor the arterial roads to support such an aggressive expansion plan. Residents in the north end need access to public transit, not just some expensive taxi service that is only subsidized during rush hours. It’s time to go back to the drawing board. There is no need to rush.