• James Armstrong

Pine Lake considered for fish habitat restoration project


Gone but not forgotten, there’s hope for the restoration of Hudson’s Pine Lake.

The rehabilitation of Hudson’s iconic Pine Lake came up for discussion at the town council meeting held Monday, June 3. Council approved a resolution in principle to partner with the Town of Saint-Lazare in a Fish Habitat Restoration Project.

“I don’t want to get hopes up too much. I’m cautiously optimistic,” replied Mayor Jamie Nicholls when asked if Pine Lake was coming back. He said Hudson would be consulting with the watershed council for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Conseil du bassin versant de la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (COBAVER) and Saint-Lazare regarding the possibility of rehabilitating the man-made lake.

“There are a lot of details that need to be ironed out,” said Nicholls. Following the meeting, the mayor said a three-season study on the lake was currently being carried out. The Ministry of the Environment requires the study for anything that is planned for bodies of water.

“We have to evaluate the actual landscape,” he said. “We should have the results in the fall of 2019.”

Conservation Plan

Council approved a contract with the company Eco2Urb to create a town-wide conservation plan.

“We’re looking at the whole territory and its connectivity,” said Nicholls in his preamble to the meeting. “They will be looking at urban and non-urban areas and how landscapes function, and how wetlands and waterways are linked.” He noted the results of the Conservation Plan would need to be integrated into the town’s by-laws to be effective. The mayor said Hudson contained areas that should never be used for construction. When asked if that included the wetland areas adjacent to Sandy Beach, he declined to comment. “I’m going to let the scientists do their work and pronounce on that,” he said.

Subdividing serviced lots

Council adopted the first draft of an amending zoning by-law permitting the subdivision of lots where municipal water and sewage systems are available. The specific zones are R-28 and R-33. Similarly, council approved the first draft of an amending by-law for the Planning Program allowing higher density development in zone H2 where municipal water and sewage systems are available. Both by-laws are subject to public consultation.

Bi-generational dwellings

Council approved the second draft of a zoning by-law amendment authorizing bi-generational dwellings as an additional use in single-family dwellings under certain conditions. It cannot occupy more than 40 per cent of the total living area excluding the basement. A maximum of two bedrooms are authorized and the bi-generational dwelling cannot be only in the basement. It has to have a functional interior access to the main dwelling at all times and only one unit is allowed per dwelling. It shall not alter the single-family or architectural character of the residence. Only one entrance door is permitted on the main façade, one civic number and mailbox is authorized per building and one service entrance per building for electrical, water, sewer or septic installations is permitted.

Rescue Station repealed

In 2017, the Town of Hudson approved a project to install a Rescue Station on Wharf Road in collaboration with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard of Canada. In 2018, council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor and the town clerk to sign leases and other necessary agreements subject to a meeting with council.

Last Monday evening, the proposed project came to an end as council approved the repeal of the resolution pertaining to the signatures.

“Funds are no longer available for this, so we are repealing the resolution,” said the mayor.

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