Vaudreuil-Dorion will decide whether to proceed with residential development referendum


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Almost 30 residents were at the Vaudreuil-Dorion council meeting April 1, mostly to discuss the results of a registry signing that garnered 186 signatures against two new proposed residential developments on White Road.

A registry signing in Vaudreuil-Dorion last Thursday, March 28 against two new residential developments garnered enough signatures to require the city to hold a referendum that would determine the final fate of both projects.

Mayor Guy Pilon publicly announced the final tally of the registry during the Monday evening council meeting on April 1. A minimum of 66 signatures were required to proceed with a referendum. A total of 186 people signed the registry, said Pilon.

Official announcement on April 15

The city now has to decide whether it will let the results of the registry signing speak for itself or hold a referendum. The mayor said council will meet in caucus next Monday to discuss and vote on the issue. Council’s official decision as to whether or not a referendum will be held will be announced at the next council meeting on April 15.

“I’m very okay with this kind of thing. It’s democracy,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal. “That’s why at the beginning of the meeting I explained what the procedure will be. At the end of the day, the people have the choice of saying yes or no.”

Two new residential developments

The issue involves two new residential developments planned for White Road. The first project involves building 12 new semi-detached triplexes that would have a total of 72 units along an undeveloped stretch of White Road near Henry Ford Road. The second project would see 14 new single family homes built at the eastern end of White.

Residents said the construction would destroy one of the last natural remaining green spaces in the area and change the low-key dynamic of the neighbourhood of existing single family homes, especially with the construction of three-storey triplexes.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the city will officially announce whether it will proceed with a referendum regarding two new residential developments on White Road at the upcoming council meeting on April 15.

Adhering to density requirements

Mayor Pilon said the developers are merely following the current density requirements for new residential developments as outlined in the Montreal Metropolitan Community’s Plan métropolitain d’améngement et de développement (PMAD) for off-island municipalities.

Residents also voiced concerns that the new project could bring in up to 200 additional cars into the neighbourhood which would seriously increase traffic congestion on Henry Ford. Pilon reiterated that the new project would have its own entrance and exit and motorists would be prohibited from accessing the existing neighbourhood along Rue des Ruisselet.

Henry Ford Road congestion

The mayor also explained the traffic congestion on Henry Ford, particularly during the morning rush hour, is the result of motorists exiting Autoroute 30 northbound at Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, in order to bypass the backlog of vehicles that accumulate at the single lane merge to Highway 40 eastbound.

The motorists then continue along Cité-des-Jeunes, traversing its length eastwards until they reach the entrance to Highway 40 near the Château-Vaudreuil Hotel just before the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge, said Pilon.

To avoid the backlog that often happens at the Autoroute 30-40 interchange, Pilon said the city has repeatedly asked the provincial ministry department to build a second merge lane which would help improve the flow of traffic onto Highway 40.

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