• James Armstrong and Carmen Marie Fabio

Hudson chosen as site for Rogers communication tower


The site of a proposed communications tower in Hudson will reportedly have minimal visual impact.

The Town of Hudson is in the process of negotiating a lease with Rogers Communication Inc. for the installation of a communications tower on property owned by the town.

“Rogers has chosen Hudson to put up an antennae for their network,” said Mayor Jamie Nicholls as council passed a resolution for signing authority for the lease during the monthly council meeting on Monday, May 6.

Limited visual impact

The chosen site on Wharf Road near the snow dump and the water treatment facility has limited visual impact according to the mayor. When asked by a resident during the second question period if the town had seen a visual representation of the installation, the mayor replied they had not.

“Rogers does want to be a good corporate citizen,” he said noting the company would be holding a public consultation and presentation of the project in the near future. Nicholls said a considerable amount of jurisprudence exists at the federal level pertaining to the installation of communication towers.

“It’s a federal dossier. The municipal role is limited,” he said.

“The lease hasn’t been signed, yet,” Director General Philip Toone told The Journal on Wednesday, May 7 and a date for the public consultation and presentation had not been determined.

Downtown development

Council adopted the second draft of an urban planning resolution requesting permission for the construction of a mixed building of residential and commercial units at 426 Main Road. The proposed building plan contained elements that did not meet the regulatory limits set by the town and required derogations to correct the situation. According to the mayor, a meeting was held with the developer who agreed to make some changes regarding the use of certain materials, the interface between the commercial unit of the building and the street, and the size of the balconies of the residential units.

“The protrusion of the balconies has been reduced from 1.88 metres to the allowable maximum of 1.5 metres,” said the mayor. There are, however, other elements that are designated as derogatory and require special permission from the town. The height of the proposed building is at 13.97 metres instead of the maximum 13.5 metres and the height of the shed dormers of the building are at 11.92 metres instead of the allowed maximum of 11 metres. The plans provide 33 parking spaces instead of the required 35 places and include 368.91 square metres of grass and landscaped area instead of the minimum of 600 square metres.

Approval process

Approval of the second draft by council was not unanimous but means it moves to the next step in the process which gives residents the opportunity to request the resolution be submitted for their approval in the form of a referendum in accordance with Quebec regulations respecting municipal referenda and elections. Only residents living in zone C-27 where the project will be constructed and contiguous zones are permitted to apply for a referendum to take place. The details of the resolution, the list, and a map of affected zones and the application form are available on the town website. The deadline for submitting an application is Tuesday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Project description

The proposed project is a three-and-a-half-storey building containing one commercial unit and 20 residential units to be located on the lot at the intersection of Cameron Street and Main Road next to the Legg Building – home of the Main Kitchen, Pure Art Boutique and Gobeil Dickison Accounting.

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