Updated Hudson Pine Beach project gets a public presentation
The Pine Beach Project was presented to the general public on Thursday, February 16, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, and urban consultant and lobbyist Marc Perreault made the presentation on behalf of the owner of the property, Hans-Karl Muhlegg, president of Nicanco Holdings Inc.
The development project takes in the area bounded by the Canadian Pacific Railway line, Beach Road, the Lake of Two Mountains and Quarry Point and is commonly referred to as Sandy Beach and adjoining forest. With the aid of a slide presentation, Perreault recounted the long history of the project from the purchase of the land in 1986, through the discussions with the town regarding green spaces, the beach, access to the beach and the first plan presented in 2001.
The updated 2017 plan, according to Perreault, has a total of 306 housing units comprised of six single-family dwellings, 100 town houses and 200 multi-family units. The 2001 proposal had a total of 217 units. Perreault said that the difference was due to the densification plan in accordance with Plan Métropolitain d’Aménagement et de Développement Montréal (PMAD) that could have meant a possible 738 units in the project. After negotiating with the Municipalité Régional de Comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) and the town, the developer was able to reduce the units to 306.
PHOTO BY JOHN GALLI
Baby bald eagle on Sandy Beach taken last summer, indicative of a number of wildlife species that inhabit the area.
“This is an integrated development project,” said Perreault pointing out the town houses arranged in two horseshoe formations would not have fences or gates and the roadways would be narrower than the provincial norms in a non-integrated development. A nature park, the beach with servitudes including access points, flood zones, conservation areas and non-constructible zones make up 57 per cent of the project as opposed to 45 per cent in the 2001 plan. Secondary access for emergency vehicles would be created from Sugarbush Road to Royalview Street. Perreault assured everyone that this access point would only be used for emergency situations and not for regular traffic.
The multi-family units would be constructed near the entrance to the project on Beach Road. Perreault said that at the outset, thought was given to that part being predominantly for senior citizens but added that had changed and could be a mixed demographic.
A resident raised a question regarding potable water supply for the project. Perrault replied, “We are ready to sit with the town council and find a solution to the problem.” As for connecting to the sewage treatment system, he said there is nothing that cannot be technically solved other than the question of cost. According to Pearrault, it is a similar situation for connecting to the municipal sewage treatment system that was originally designed to handle the project.
Resident Eva MacCartney brought the ongoing petition asking the town to hold a referendum organized by Richard Grinnell regarding purchasing the land from Nicanco Holdings Inc. to the attention of Perreault. She asked if there was any possibility of the owner being willing to sell. Perreault responded this did not seem likely. During his presentation, he pointed out that the servitude of 650 feet by 66 feet (194 meters by 20 metres) covering the area known as Sandy Beach gives the town the use of the beach forever. The servitude also includes entry from Royalview Street.
The lack of parking for visitors using Sandy Beach and the trails was also a concern raised by several people. “Parking is something we will have to work on,” said Mayor Ed Prévost in an interview Tuesday, February 21.
“In my opinion, this is a good project for the town,” commented Prévost. “However, Town Council will have to deliberate and come to its own conclusions,” he stated. “The Town Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC) and Public Security have to review it in detail,” he said adding, “One of our dreams is to provide Hudson residents with access to the waterfront.” The mayor said the project is well thought out and construction could possibly begin in 2018.