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Ste. Anne’s set to officially adopt its revised PPU


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Ste. Anne’s finalized PPU will extend Morgan Blvd north from Chemin Ste. Marie for the development of light, non-polluting industrial enterprises.

Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s final revised Programme particulier d’urbanisme (PPU) for the northern sector is set to be adopted at a special session of council scheduled for 7 p.m. this evening, June 1, at the Harpell Centre, announced Mayor Paola Hawa.

The proposed adoption of the city’s revised urban development plan comes just one week after a final public consultation meeting was held last Thursday, May 25, at École du Bout-de-l’Isle. At least three developers opposed to the finalized PPU presented briefs outlining their opposition to the revised plan including Développement immobilier Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (DISAB) and Groupe immobilier Grilli.

PPU opposition

The DISAB group has been publicly opposed to the revised PPU since early January when they launched a public information campaign via the internet and by delivering postcard notices to households in the north sector specifically outlining the reasons for their opposition and claiming there will be financial consequences for the portion of land that is preserved through higher municipal taxes.

Instead of building 140 single residential units, DISAB will be required to build mostly multi-unit buildings while preserving most of the land they own as green space.

PPU is in complete compliance

Hawa, who previously said that DISAB is waging a misinformation campaign, said the PPU complies with all provincial regulations dedicated to development and the preservation of green space. All six councillors also have voted unanimously in favour of the PPU when it was first introduced at council in early May and support its scope regarding development and environmental preservation.

“The developers made their spiel by basically disagreeing with us on every single point, so it is what it is,” Hawa told Your Local Journal when asked about the briefs that were deposited.

“Instead of building up, they would like to build as they’ve always done for the past 30 years. They argue that our findings in terms of the environmental value of the land and the bio-diversity in the area are inaccurate, but that’s not the case. This PPU provides a perfect balance especially in today’s climate change reality,” said Hawa

“It also provides a quality of life for the people who will be living and working here. It is innovative, avant-garde and outside-the-box thinking. It’s not only what a PPU should be for 2017 but for the next 10 years. The developers want more units and they want to do the same thing they’ve done for the past 30 years. It’s 2017, can’t we try to something a little bit different?” asked Hawa.

Industrial growth

The recent relocation of Zodiac Aerospace to Ste. Anne is also in concordance with the type of companies the city would like to move into its expanding industrial zone. “Zodiac is growing and they needed another location so they decided to move here. They also like the idea that their employees can go for walks on the bike path and being surrounded by trees. It’s a lot different than being on an autoroute smack in the middle of a concrete jungle,” said Hawa.

“This just goes to show you that we were right in our PPU when we said the portion around the train station will be mostly industrial that uses new clean technologies which is what we’re aiming for. These are the types of industries we want to bring in – good corporate citizens that treat their employees right and share our values when it comes to the community and environment,” Hawa added.

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