A development that disturbs

Un développement qui dérange

THREE-RIVERS — twenty citizens, owners of homes in the Pointe-du-Lac, call for the end of any construction of multilogements along route 138 in this sector. A petition in this sense will also be submitted to the city council of Trois-Rivières, Tuesday evening.

The dissatisfaction of the owners is a result of the many developments that have sprouted in recent years, and especially the side of the Field, Baie-Jolie, a residential development of multilogements which is developed on the edge of the river.

However, according to the spokesman of the group of twenty homeowners whose residences border the Area Baie-Jolie, article 172 of the Regulations on the land use and development revised adopted by the City of Trois-Rivières in April 2017 states that it is now forbidden to build multilogements along the 138. “We hope, therefore, that the City is consistent with the rules that it adopts and that it is constantly allow this kind of development,” said Nicole Morin, a spokesperson for the residents.

According to her, the advent of the buildings multilogements in this sector, composed in vast majority by single-family residences, has had a negative effect on the value of neighbouring houses, in addition to increasing the noise in the sector, and will not respect the character of the district of Pointe-du-Lac.

In addition, many areas could, over the next few years, find themselves on the market in the sector, suggests that such attacks repeated of various promoters and real estate agents who reluquent locations popular, recalls it, and the citizen’s group wants the same breath to avoid creating a precedent that would see it grow a bit everywhere other buildings multilogements edge 138 and the St. Lawrence river.

The councilman of the district, François Bélisle, explained for his part that the zoning allowing the development of multilogements on this ground was already existing well before the municipal mergers. However, the adoption of the new regulation of development so that the City finds itself currently in a period of transition, since it has 24 months following the adoption of this bylaw to adopt the town plan and the regulations made thereunder. Thus, at the present time, the promoter referred to by the residents is allowed to develop his property, him who made the announcement in October 2016 and has always worked in validity with the municipal regulations, but must comply with the new plan once it has been adopted.

In addition, if the board was to file a notice of motion in order to expedite the resolution on the zoning relating to these lands, and at the same time to freeze the construction projects already underway, the City could be exposing itself to great risk of lawsuits. “I am personally in agreement with the article 172. However, the process for the development of the new master plan is in progress and we need to let the officials work within the time prescribed by law. They have until April 2019. If we were to act before that, there would be a strong risk of prosecution and a risk of being sentenced to substantial damages. In good manager, I don’t want to engage the financial responsibility of the City, and I do not believe that this is what citizens want no more,” says François Bélisle.

A response that does not satisfy Ms. Morin. “If you look at it, the City is already financially committed to very significant sums in lawsuits in matters relating to the amphitheater, with the sound system or with the contractor of the roof. It was very expensive, and yet she has been in court anyway. I think it is a question of seeing where the priorities are and what is in accord with the will of the citizens,” says Nicole Morin.

François Bélisle argues, however, that if it finds that the 24-month limit seems to want to overflow, it will not hesitate to go forward with a notice of motion. As to lots which are contiguous and for which the citizens fear a possible development of this side, François Bélisle noted that these lands are currently zoned for single-family and that it would be, by virtue of the adoption of the new development regulation, it is impossible to obtain a zoning change to build multilogements.

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