• James Armstrong

Changing construction regulations in Rigaud


The case for changing the Construction Code was presented on Monday evening, September 28, by Director of Urban Services, Catherine Coulombe.

Two changes to the Construction Code currently in force in Rigaud were made on Monday, September 28, at a special Town Council meeting. The meeting was preceded by a required public consultation where Director of Urban Services Catherine Coulombe presented the project.

Coulombe began the consultation part of the meeting by explaining that many amendments and changes to the Construction Code had been made since the spring of 2015. “Since then, we realized that one article had not been completely repealed,” said Coulombe in reference to Article 3.4.3. She explained the regulations contained in the Article concerning sprinkler systems for commercial and industrial buildings were no longer required.

The second change was a modification to Article 3.5 concerning foundations specifically pertaining to an exception to the rule for the Écocentre, accessory buildings for agricultural use, and detached garages. The regulation states that all buildings must have continuous poured concrete foundations to the depth of the frost line. The exempted buildings can be built on a concrete slab or system of slabs with a detailed plan provided by an architect or engineer.

The proposed changes were announced in a Notice of Motion at the regular council meeting held Monday, September 14. Only two residents were on hand for the public consultation on Monday, September 28, that was followed by a brief council meeting at 6:30 p.m. where members passed the amendments unanimously.

The law specifically prohibits the use of posts or piles as a foundation for a principal building except in the case of an extension such as a veranda, solarium or patio, etc. on the side or back of building not exceeding 25 per cent of the surface area of the building.

When asked how the changes to the law would affect the construction of the Écocenter, Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr., responded that the project could now proceed. The amended law has to be transmitted to the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) for approval in the form of a certificate of conformity. That process will take approximately 120 days.

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