Letter to the editor 1, March 16, 2017

Pine Beach

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your coverage of my request to Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost at the March 6 council meeting to reconfigure Nicanco’s proposed “Pine Beach” development so that public access to Sandy Beach and most of its wooded area can truly be preserved.

But there was a key misunderstanding: I did not suggest the two major multi-residential blocks situated at the western end of the property be moved; they are fine where they are, with 200 units more or less behind Le Manoir Cavagnal.

I was asking that the 100 townhouses spread across most of the woods be reconfigured into a multi-storey building at the east end of the property. This could indeed be an ‘iconic’ design, surrounded by trees on lower levels and with lake-views above. It could, in fact, become a prized address.

The objective is a simple solution on two fronts. One, the developer achieves equivalent density and return on its investment. Two, public access to Sandy Beach and the existing woodlands via Jack Layton Park is essentially left intact.

Access to Sandy Beach is a truly unique feature of Hudson and of all Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Yet under the current development plan, access will be by a servitude - a pathway only 20 metres wide through land that is often flooded. The servitude is controlled by the developer and is subject to cancellation.

Hudson’s mayor and council still have the authority to approve the development plan and they should use this to ensure that their legacy is the preservation of Sandy Beach.

Rodney Birrell

Hudson Heights

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