The Chronicle: Traffic, security concerns outweigh benefits of Ste. Anne north development

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Let’s face it, there are lots of morons in our town, you know who you are. The biggest morons are the ones that think the fight against development is about green vs pavement and concrete. Wrong. The fight is about protecting our property values, keeping our property taxes in check, and then finally avoiding the traffic and crime and all the extra shit gifts that come with development. Remember: as a house owner you get screwed by development. Only the developers benefit. We came here for the green spaces and that’s why properties here sell quickly. Let the developers strip mine somewhere else, far away from the West Island.

Traffic, security concerns outweigh benefits of Ste. Anne north development
From the Chronicle. Complete Story Here.

The residential, commercial, and industrial development of Ste. Anne de Bellevue north will add to the area’s traffic, residents argued Wednesday night during a public information meeting at Ecole du Bout de l’Isle where city officials unveiled what they called a “potential development scenario.”

The small West Island town unveiled a scenario where the land north of Highway 40 could accommodate at 350 homes, as well as relatively small commercial and industrial sectors conducive to sustainable development-type businesses. Ste. Anne would stand to gain an additional population over 900 residents. More residents, however, means more traffic, resident Tom Broad said to city officials during the question period. “If you have nearly 400 homes, and on average there’s two cars per home, you’re going to be adding about 800 cars to the roads,” he said.

The Ste. Anne north resident asked whether officials have spoken to the Ministry of Transport to add another exit ramp connecting the sector to Highway 40 to alleviate the higher concentrations of traffic. The town’s director general, Martin Bonhomme, responded no.

A representative of CIMA plus, the firm responsible for undertaking a traffic circulation study based on the development scenario said the area can accommodate the increased load – especially with the addition of traffic lights on Chemin Ste. Marie.

During a morning rush hour in 2014, there were 2,500 vehicles driving out of Ste. Anne de Bellevue – spread across three distinct points – from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. By 2030, Chemin Ste. Marie may be able to accommodate nearly 3,800 vehicles. These figures, which represent the worst time in the day in terms of traffic, are acceptable according to the CIMA plus study. The small network of roads – Meloche, Industriel, and Morgan – linking to Chemin Ste. Marie poses a security problem if an industrial zone is created, according to the Green Coalition.

In the event of a disaster originating from the industrial zone, or worse, on a road in Ste. Anne north, residents have nowhere to go but towards the danger zone, said the coalition’s vice-president, David Fletcher.

“It’s unlikely but then again, the train wreck in Lac Megantic was unlikely,” he said.

There are no roads to leave Ste. Anne de Bellevue via the north, east, or west of the most northern neighbourhood in the West Island town.

“This plan only benefits the developer and that’s about it,” Fletcher added.