Environment

Didn’t we move here for the green?

Paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
What about our green spaces, our environment? What will our community be like without the unique wildlife, fauna and flora?

Personally, I’m thrilled to have a herd of wild deer literally in my backyard. With the fragmenting and elimination of green spaces what will happen to our deer herd and other wildlife? A herd’s size is a function of the available (land) territory, reducing the territory means a reduction in its members. We can’t ethically or morally allow the deer to starve to death. Will they be relocated? When and who will pay for it? Will the developer be the only one to benefit?

What are the implications from the environmental analysis or independent analysis. We don’t know but we deserve to know.

Minimum density rules set out in the Montreal Metropolitan Community’s much-heralded regional development plan might have the perverse effect of encouraging development of certain green spaces in the West Island rather than protecting them, critics say.

The development plan, called the Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement or PMAD, has been touted as a solution to urban sprawl with its emphasis on transit-oriented development and higher housing densities in already developed areas. The PMAD is expected to be approved by Minister of Municipal Affairs Laurent Lessard within the next few weeks.

But in towns like Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Beaconsfield, and Senneville, where some of the island’s few remaining forests, meadows and wetlands are located, concerned residents and city councillors are sounding the alarm.

“Are we shooting ourselves in the foot with this plan?” asked Ste. Anne de Bellevue councillor Paola Hawa. “For people like us in Ste. Anne and Senneville and Beaconsfield, the PMAD doesn’t make sense because it could force us to raise densities in places where it is not environmentally sound to do so.”

Why we must fight the PPU.

PPU will bring overcrowding, concrete, traffic, and pollution
There are many other unanswered questions that affect our quality of life in general – ours and that of our children.

We request clarification on the parks that are being created. What we have heard is that these parks are essentially swampland that can’t be developed on. It is also our understanding that no large parks with playing fields (soccer) are being planned for.

Does this mean that the citizens in the Aumais area will see an additional large influx of cars and kids from the new area? Or will Kirkland parks get invaded? We also question the investment in the skating rink given the unpredictable nature of our winters. Is it worth the expenses given we might only get a small number of days of skating per year?

Are there plans for another school. The current school has a limited size park – part of which is parking. Can the park be expanded so that it is safer (removed from traffic)? Does Ste. Anne’s North need another primary school or do we need a high school. Again, the council must share the results of any analysis that exists or ensure that analysis takes place before moving forward.

When are the plans for public transportation going to be finalized. It is our understanding that the STM will not/has not provided any guarantees. Because of poor public transport on the West Island in general we see that many of the houses in the North Sector have several cars per family. How many new cars can we expect, assuming we exceed the Montreal average, with the new residents?

How much more pollution can we expect given currently we have the highest quality air on the Island. What about crime, how much more can we expect with densification?

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