Future development key issue for Ste. Anne’s mayoral candidate Lucie LaRose
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Mayoral candidate Lucie LaRose says revitalization of the downtown core is imperative to bring new residents into the area.
Revitalization of the downtown core in the south sector and a thorough review of proposed development in the north sector are two major issues that Lucie LaRose will address if she is elected mayor of Ste. Anne de Bellevue in the upcoming municipal election.
LaRose has lived in Ste. Anne’s for almost 20 years and served as District 6 councillor for one four-year term beginning in November 2005 right after the demerger of the municipality from the City of Montreal.
“I’ve always been involved and this is the next level I can give back to the community as mayor and represent all our citizens. I want people to feel proud and respected,” she told Your Local Journal.
LaRose is concerned that a law suit that was filed by Développement Immobilier Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (DISAB) could have negative consequences for the town. “My big question is how did we end up with a $35 million lawsuit?” she asked.
The revised Plan particulier d’urbanisme (PPU) that was adopted by council last summer reduced proposed development in the north in favour of preserving more green space. “We don’t need to redo everything,” she said. “It just needs a bit of tweaking.”
“I think we need to sit down with the developers and see what they’re asking for. Obviously they don’t want what the city is proposing. I don’t want to give them a blank cheque to enable to do whatever they want on our land. If we mandate higher density housing closer to the train station, it won’t increase traffic because people will have access to public transit,” said LaRose.
She’s also proposing building condo units with ground floor commercial spaces along the waterfront as a way to lure young professionals into the city south sector. “There are a lot of empty stores and it’s important to rejuvenate the area and to work in partnership with the merchants and residents,” LaRose said.
“We need young professionals to help revitalize the downtown core to help create new commercial ventures and help existing businesses survive,” she added. “We need to innovate.”
Adequate public transit in the north is another important issue LaRose would address. “This is something we’ve needed for the longest time. I’d like to sit down and negotiate something so that our residents are better served,” she said.
Some residents reportedly have to walk two kms to the bus stop on Chemin Ste. Marie. A collective taxi service brings people directly to the train station, but no other options are available for people who need to go to other districts in the West Island, said LaRose. “A small bus on Rue Meloche would be great but we’ll have to see if it’s feasible.”
Redefining the way public security interacts with citizens in all city sectors is another priority for LaRose. She said they focus more attention in the north and give tickets for garbage and recycling bin violations.
“People don’t feel secure on the streets. We need to revise their mandate so they do more than just give tickets. Elderly residents complain they’ve receive tickets for their bins. Public security should advise them instead of giving tickets. There’s a civilized way to cohabit with our seniors and residents. People need to feel they’re secure and that public security is working for them, not against them,” said LaRose.