No municipal permits issued yet for new Pincourt residential project
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Pincourt conservationists Carole Reed (left) and Eric Brunet-Chartrand from Sauvez Rousseau Forest hold a press conference outside the Omni-Centre before the start of the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, September 11. They outlined their continuing efforts to preserve the woodlands at Place Pierre-Brunet, one of the last forested areas in the town.
Rumors that the promoters of a new residential development planned in Pincourt could begin cutting down trees and clearing the land in Place Pierre-Brunet by mid-October were denied by municipal officials at the monthly council session on Tuesday, September 11.
The rumours suggested that representatives from Habitations Raymond Allard and Habitations Sylvain Ménard – the promoters of the project – have apparently been touting October 15 as the day ground-breaking operations will begin, according to some residents. A visit to the www.allardmenard.com website features a page dedicated to the project but does not mention when construction would begin.
No set date for construction
“There is no set date for the beginning of construction as of now,” Town Manager Michel Perrier told the more than 30 residents at the meeting. “There is no agreement between the town and the promoter. Everything has been postponed. We explained this in our past public meetings and when we met with the residents in early August that we are doing our own study.”
Perrier emphasized no construction will begin until the city receives the full study it commissioned regarding all the environmental specifics related to the woodlands including flora and fauna at Place Pierre-Brunet, also known as Rousseau Forest. The report will be ready by the end of October.
No plan or permit yet
“A decision will be made once the study is received to see if we need additional information before we go ahead or if we need to modify the project or whatsoever. There is no decision taken by council right now. We’re waiting for the report,” said Perrier.
“Whatever Menard is saying, the town is not supporting that. The town is not publicizing that. The town is not advertising that. That’s Menard doing his own sales pitch. There isn’t even a plan or a permit that has been delivered right now,” Perrier added.
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Pincourt resident Shelagh McNally presents a petition with about 250 signatures to Mayor Yvan Cardinal at the Tuesday evening council meeting, September 11. The petition requests the town stop a proposed residential development in Place Pierre-Brunet, one of the last forested areas in the municipality.
A press conference was held outside the Omni-Centre before the start of the council meeting by Sauvez Rousseau Forest representatives Carole Reed and Eric Brunet-Chartrand. They gave an update regarding the current status of the group’s efforts to save the woods from development. Reed stressed its disappearance would be a major environmental loss for the entire municipality.
“Rousseau Forest is a Noah’s Ark. It’s full of plants, animals, birds. We’ve had biologists in there and they found an incredible amount of wildlife. It has four ponds which are habitats for amphibians and water birds. The ponds are natural sinks that protect the area from flooding by absorbing snow melt and rainfall that would otherwise go into the Ottawa River,” said Reed.
“The trees also act as a natural air conditioner and air purifier by lowering the temperature during heat waves. When we look at recent heat maps, we see that when the rest Pincourt was orange and red with heat, Rousseau Forest was blue. It was the coolest place during the heat,” she added.
More traffic and infrastructure stress
The addition of 45 new homes would bring in at least 90 more cars into the area, generate more polluting emissions and add to the traffic gridlock during the morning and afternoon rush hour commute on Boulevard Cardinal-Léger, said Reed.
“What will happen when the wetlands are drained and the waste water from 45 homes is pumped into the Ottawa River?” she asked. “We’re also worried about the impact these homes are going to have on our sewage system which is already at capacity.”