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Vaudreuil-Dorion public working group proposes new environmental initiatives


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon addresses participants at a round table forum at the Centre Multisports where residents met to discuss and propose new initiatives that could be included as part of the city’s environmental policy.

About 65 Vaudreuil-Dorion residents participated in a round table forum at the Centre Multisports April 25 to discuss and propose ideas that could be adopted by the city to further expand its current repertoire of environmental initiatives.

Ariane Leroux, Project Manager for Development and Urban Planning, said she was extremely pleased with the number of forum participants and for the many suggestions made during the two-hour open discussion platform.

“They were so amazing and generous with their ideas”, said Leroux. “There were many great suggestions we had already considered integrating into our environmental policy and now we have confirmation that we’re heading the right direction. We also received many new great ideas and we’re excited to see how we can make them happen.”

Some of the proposals the city will consider include installing more bicycle racks, planting more trees within its urban landscape, and having a dedicated nature trail, Leroux added.

The diverse makeup of the participants, from teenagers to senior citizens from different cultural backgrounds, impressed Mayor Guy Pilon. He said it’s their direct participation that will enable the city to review all the suggestions made to determine which proposals will be adopted as part of the city’s future environmental policies.

“There were all sorts of people; young and old, Anglophone and Francophone and citizens with special interests,” Pilon told Your Local Journal. “The event went smoothly and I’m really looking forward to see the results of these consultations.

“After the proposals are reviewed by the city’s environmental committee, various suggestions will be implemented as part of our overall environmental strategy. It was a very positive working group,” Pilon added.

The gathering was the second of two sessions hosted by the city. The first was held three weeks earlier specifically for community organizations where representatives presented their suggestions on specific environmental initiatives.

“We’re already doing a lot of things regarding almost every aspect dealing with the environment that people don’t know about,” said Pilon. “Our challenge will be to make sure everyone knows where Vaudreuil-Dorion is going. Some things are already part of our environmental policy such the preservation of more wetlands which we have already acquired.”

The recent purchase of almost 188,000 square feet of land for $1.1 million for its new city hall at 405 St. Charles Avenue next to Vaudreuil Bay that was announced by city council last week, is a perfect example of the city’s commitment to environmental preservation, said Pilon.

“We acquired a very beautiful location and we bought it because we want to protect the surrounding land, almost 150,000 square feet that will feature parkland which will be accessible to the public, Pilon said.”

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