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Senneville council adopts master urban plan


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Senneville Mayor Jane Guest said the unanimous adoption by council of the village’s master urban plan will have a positive impact on citizens by allowing the municipality to generate additional tax revenue from its growing industrial base.

The Village of Senneville unanimously adopted its master urban plan at the September 22 council meeting after it was announced that no signatures opposing the plan were collected during a registry signing that was held on September 17. “The number of persons eligible to vote was 679,” said District 5 Councillor Dennis Dicks as he read aloud from a statement prepared by Town Clerk Joanne Bouclin.

“The number required for a referendum was 81. And in both cases the number was zero. Therefore it is declared that By-laws 448 and subdivision By-laws 449 are deemed approved by the persons eligible to vote.” The adoption of the master urban plan gives the village the green light to proceed with proposed developments in its industrial and residential sectors that include the construction of up to 38 townhouses and 12 single family houses in the southern section of the village.

Four light industrial enterprises are proposed for the wooded area on the south side of Highway 40 next to the Charles River Laboratories building. A road will be built to access the new facilities. The industrial and residential sections will be separated by a 30 meter buffer zone comprised of a five meter high berm. “I’m very pleased,” Mayor Jane Guest told Your Local Journal after the meeting.

“It’s great. Everyone has been very anxious to wrap this up. It’s been a long process. The citizens have been very well informed through information meetings and public consultations so I think they understand and know now what the village will be doing.

“Short of keeping it green which was impossible, and my vision which was to have a senior’s residence which didn’t happen either, this is definitely a very good compromise,” said Guest who was also pleased that the master urban plan was unanimously adopted by all six councillors. The developments will have a positive impact on the village, said Guest, because the increased tax revenue particularly within its growing industrial sector will help to ease the financial burden that is placed on homeowners.

Two new ventures are already setting up shop on the north side of Highway 40, Tenaquip and the Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral Complex. Work began this week to connect both facilities to the village’s water and sewage system. “It will be a gradual change,” added Guest. “It’s not going to happen overnight so people will have a chance to get acclimatized to what will come. It’s very good for the future of Senneville. It means a larger tax base in terms of industry. And of course we’ve limited residential development so that it wouldn’t really impact the village all that much.”

The new by-laws must now be submitted for certification to the Executive Committee of the Montreal Agglomeration at the next meeting in October. No opposition is expected, said Guest. “We’ve had very positive signs from the agglomeration that it will go through. We’re expecting that it will probably go through by October, but failing that, the end of November at the latest. We’re feeling very good about it. We’ve had positive indications all along because we’ve worked very closely with them. It’s on track and we’re not anticipating any negative pushback.”

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