MRC-Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Town of Rigaud protecting Rigaud Mountain
YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO
In a joint effort to protect the exceptional natural environment of Rigaud Mountain, the town of Rigaud and the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-Vaudreuil-Soulanges) have passed an interim control resolution limiting development activity on the mountain. The reolution was passed at the regular MRC-VS council meeting Wednesday, March 30.
Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said in an interview Tuesday, April 5, that there is an immediate moratorium on all property subdivision and that the two parties concerned now have 90 days to produce the specific controls. “It is important to save the mountain,” said the mayor adding, “We have been working for a long time to make this happen.” He noted the ongoing work of the town in this area is now linked to the combined support of the other municipalities in the region and the provincial government.
A large percentage of the land on Rigaud Mountain is privately owned. When asked about the possibility of expropriation, Gruenwald replied he preferred to purchase properties. “Negotiating is a better deal than expropriating,” said the mayor. He noted limited development will continue in some areas such as Mountain Ranches on the north face of the mountain. “We need the development to raise the money to pay for saving the rest of the mountain,” he added. As for property values on the mountain, “I think protecting the area will increase property values,” he said.
A public information meeting concerning the resolution and the controls is planned for Rigaud residents Monday April 25 , at 7 p.m. at the Paul-Brasseur Building, 10 Saint Jean Baptiste Est in Rigaud.