Letter to the editor 3, April 18, 2019

High density housing in Hudson

Dear Editor,

I’m concerned that developers and city council are promoting treeless, Vaudreuil-Dorion-like residential projects in sensitive wooded areas throughout Hudson like Como and the Sandy Beach area. High density residential projects will rapidly destroy the community and will soon make us a part of Vaudreuil-Dorion against our will, if not legally, per se, then from an urban planning standpoint all the same.

The invasion of small lot buyers looking for a house at a bargain price will inevitably create major traffic on Main Road. Considering the size of Hudson, it won't take much to crowd our small town with people who don't share our appreciation of Hudson’s pace or our way of life. Last year's debate about allowing dogs at Sandy Beach was really not so much about canine security as it was about keeping the green spaces of Hudson accessible to its citizens. Most people present at the town's special meeting echoed the general feeling of being excluded from the community if not allowed to continue to enjoy it in the manner to which they had become accustomed. On that occasion, city council drafted a policy balancing opposite interests. But that balancing act seems to have come to an abrupt halt given the prospect of tax revenues attracting policy makers like a magnet.

The woodlands of Hudson are part of the community that we love and cherish. The wildlife in it guarantees an enjoyable country town atmosphere for all, yet surprisingly close to a big city.

The plan for high-density residential projects across from the Willow Inn and near Sandy Beach do not enhance the community. They will only provide bounty in terms of filling the old wrinkled leather wallets of the developers.

As far as we can see, the tax money generated by the increase in population over the last 20 years has done nothing to fill the pot holes on Main Road! High density housing, if any, ought to be in the already fully developed area downtown. That is where Hudson needs new blood to fuel its commercial beating heart. Considering the pace and type of developments city council is promoting, we might as well send our next tax payment directly to Vaudreuil-Dorion because, at this rate, we’ll soon become just an overcrowded district of that suburb, stripped of our Hudson identity altogether.

Benjamin Poirier

Hudson

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