• James Armstrong

Online forum for public discussion launched in Hudson


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Hudson’s iconic train station / theater is the heart of the Transport Oriented Development plans

for revitalizing the downtown core.

An initiative created and launched by Hudson resident Fred Dumoulin attempts to provide an online space for Hudsonites to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about zoning bylaws and population densification regulations. Dumoulin was prompted to create the website after he and his wife attended a recent Hudson town council meeting where proposed bylaws concerning subdivision of building lots generated much discussion.

“There’s a lot of digesting to be done,” said Dumoulin in a March 31 interview in reference to the Plan Métropolitan d’Aménagement et de Développment (PMAD), the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and the effect they will have on development in Hudson. He said the research he was doing on the subject of population densification initiated by PMAD and promulgated by the CMM needed to be shared in an easily accessible manner.

“There are good reasons for controlling urban sprawl,” Dumoulin said, adding that agricultural land, green space, heritage sites, and recreational areas need to be preserved and protected. The forum has pages devoted to explaining details of PMAD and the by-laws presented at the March 2 town council meeting. Traffic on the site continues to increase according to Dumoulin. “There were 1,000 visits within the first week,” he said. It is a moderated site and those wishing to share their comments and ideas need to register and login.

As a newcomer to the town, Dumoulin is concerned about the proposed changes to the community. “There are good reasons for moving to Hudson,” he stressed, adding that accenting the strengths of the town will attract more new residents. In his view, the population densification plan needs to be implemented carefully and in stages so that residents are included in the process. “We need to work together with all of the stakeholders and build consensus along the way.” You can visit the site at www.hudsonforum.com.

Proposed public meeting with MRC-Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Hudson in mid-April

Hudson Mayor Ed Prevost said he was aware of the website but hadn’t yet seen it when interviewed March 31. The mayor also said an open door style meeting with representatives from the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) is being put together for Wednesday, April 15 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Center.

“We’re still working on it because the MRC initially said they would come and then called us back and said ‘we have already done our public consultation on September 30 of last year, Why wasn’t anyone from Hudson there?’,” explained the mayor adding that he would be calling the leadership of the MRC-VS to be sure representatives from the regional Development committee will be on hand for that date. ¨People will be able to meet with experts on PMAD,” said the mayor adding that consultants working with various development projects such as Como Gardens will also be available to answer questions.

According to Prévost, the format of the meeting is intended to be one-on-one in style with answers to individual questions. The mayor also said the long-awaited Strategic Plan for Hudson would be presented Saturday, April 25 at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon. “We are planning on moving ahead,” said the mayor pointing out that revitalization of the downtown core is essential.

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