Smaller building lots up for discussion in the Town of Hudson


JAMES ARMSTRONG

The issue of smaller building lots and semi-detached homes raised questions for local resident and realtor, Janet Ellerbeck at the first Hudson council meeting of 2015.

Discussion focused on a trio of notices of motion dealing with modifications to three by-laws at the first regular Hudson town council meeting of 2015 held Monday, January 12. The proposed changes to By-laws 525, 526 and 527 deal with planning, zoning, and subdividing specific lots in a small area of Mayfair Street that is part of the Hudson’s Valleys project.

The issue as to whether or not the proposed changes would have a town wide effect or were specific to the Mayfair project was raised during the second question period. Councillor Deborah Woodhead responded that she would like to verify with the urban planning department before answering the question. Town Clerk Vincent Maranda clarified he had been told by the Urban

Planning department that the proposed resolutions were for Mayfair and added, “this does not exclude the possibility of further changes to the subdivision by-law in the future.”

It was pointed out that public consultation had been promised before making changes to the master plan.

Mayor Ed Prévost and Woodhead assured everyone of that particular point. “This is the introduction of the changes,” said Woodhead, “and there will be public consultation.” The timing of the public consultation was referred to the next Town Advisory Planning Committee’s (TPAC) meeting for discussion.

The modifications to By-law 527 will allow smaller subdivided lots in a specific area of the Mayfair project permitting the building of 22 semi-detached bungalows on individual lots of 15,000 square feet. “I’ve been trying to get 15,000 square foot lots for 11 years,” said resident Janet Ellerbeck during the second question period, “and have run into a brick wall.”

Ellerbeck was referring to the lots in the Mayfair project that met the 30,000 square foot minimum lot size in Hudson. “Is this fair?” she asked. Woodhead replied that she could not change what had happened in the past. In an interview January 14, the mayor explained that the process for changes to the town’s master plan have to follow a specific process.

“It has to go through TPAC and the town council before being presented to the residents for consultation,” said Prévost. He estimated the public consultation could take place in late March or early April, pointing out the changes are directly related to population densification goals stipulated by the Plan metropolitan d’aménagement et de development (PMAD).

In other business, council passed four resolutions mandating Director General Catherine Haulard to apply for financial assistance from various governmental organizations at the provincial and federal level for infrastructure projects such as the water treatment system, roads, and Pine Lake. Some concerns were raised during the question period regarding the oversight of the applications.

The mayor replied that council would always be informed as to the progress of the applications. In fact, a resolution enacting an administration reporting policy was also passed that stipulates monthly reporting by administrators. In his opening remarks, the mayor announced that a list of unpaid property taxes for 2013 will be published in February and unpaid business taxes have been transferred to a collection agency.

The Hudson 150th Anniversary celebrations will begin with a Snowman’s Land Competition on Valentine’s Day February 14. The brainchild of resident Diane Lewis, the competition’s goal is to get the town into the Guinness Book of Records with the most people possible building snowmen on Valentine’s Day at 11 a.m.

For complete information, consult the Facebook page for Snowman’s Land Hudson or call the Hudson Parks & Recreation department at (450) 458-6699.

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