Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 19, 2015

Dear Editor,

If I hear one more time that growth is progress I’m going to lose all faith in humanity. Maybe I’ve lost it already. So the debate for Hudson now is to remain stagnant, resist development, endure our high taxes and dwindling services or embrace the growing population, invite developers to build roads and houses while keeping our taxes low, services high and ride the wave of progress. Have we not yet learned the flaws of capitalism? Don’t we see that you can’t grow forever?

At what point will we wake up and realize that we need to preserve what we have and start working towards a sustainable future? Think globally act locally. What is it about Hudson that I love so much? It’s nature. Not just a small park in the middle of town or the trees in my yard. It’s all the trees put together, the forests around the town filled with wildlife, the trails I can walk on to immerse myself in this beauty.

A perfect mix of a village, unique homes, farm lands, and forest. I also appreciate that we are small. I don’t want the hustle and bustle of Montreal and I can’t stand going into Vaudreuil-Dorion these days. I also like our homes. Most of them anyway. They’re unique and have character. Many have long and storied histories, like their occupants! I’m afraid of what could happen if we let developers in. I’ve seen what happens in other communities and it’s not pretty.

Developers want money, bottom line. Do we want our town turning into Vaudreuil-Dorion? There are lots of developers that would love nothing more than free rein on Hudson to build rows of cookie-cutter houses on the outskirts where our forests and agricultural lands are. We mustn’t let them in. We must fi rst decide what we want for development then bring in whom we need to carry it out. Develop or raise taxes is a red herring. It’s also a never-ending cycle. Let’s start with: This is how much we have, this is how much we can spend.

Don’t live beyond our means. If we want something bad enough i.e. a fi re hall, lets raise the money rather than borrow it. We might even appreciate it more. We need more place for our aging population who need to downsize. This must be in the downtown core. We should protect our existing forests. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. We must look at companies like Les Vergers Hudson and identify those available farm lands and emulate what they’ve done and build an industry of micro agriculture rolled into tourism for the “Ole Hudson farm town.”

What is it the MRC wants for densification? Can we accomplish it within the downtown core and what would it look like? Mr. Montreal, “I’m afraid our natural lands are not available for development. We’ve identified them as necessary to our future prosperity and critical to becoming a sustainable town where our health and wellbeing are inextricably linked to the environment’s health.”

I’d like to see our administration’s plan. A detailed plan I can trust. No developing in forests, wetlands or farm lands. Development of the core to densify. A plan to get our farm lands producing. And a vision for tourism like any good business plan. Developers need not apply for now. Town council shouldn’t even be talking to them.

Mark A. Gray

Hudson

This is our town and we decide what the plan is or isn’t.

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