Resident asks Vaudreuil-Dorion council to reconsider proposed six-storey project
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Vaudreuil-Dorion resident Domenique Asselin asked council to consider revising a planned six-storey residential project back to a height of between two to four storeys so that it conforms to the city’s original Programme particulier d’urbanisme (PPU) that was adopted in 2015.
A new six-storey residential development slated for Chemin de Lotbinière near the intersection of Rue Émond in the Dorion sector of Vaudreuil-Dorion has raised concerns among area citizens about the negative impact that the high-density project will have on the single-family homeowners in the area.
Domenique Asselin, who lives on Émond Street, expressed his concerns to council during the second bi-monthly meeting on October 21. He said the city’s original Programme particulier d’urbanisme (PPU) which was adopted in 2015 stated that new buildings within the area were to be between two to four floors high.
Population density too big
“My concern is that we’re going to put 227 units per hectare next to a 12 units per hectare area. There’s too big of a difference in density between these two areas. I also have concerns about privacy, security, traffic control and use of city infrastructure,” Asselin told The Journal after the meeting.
“In the original PPU we see that most of the lots around Lotbinière are between two to four storeys. In theory, now that people see they can build a six-storey building, they will think their properties are worth a lot more than they are right now and they will ask the city for changes in by-laws to have their projects go as high and be as populated as possible to make their properties worth more,” added Asselin.
Doesn’t oppose development
The new six-storey height requirement came about through a by-law change that was adopted by the city in 2017, said Asselin who stressed he’s not opposed to development.
“I think development is good especially when it comes to height. But like it’s expressed in the PPU and what the citizens want is a good integration of the buildings in the existing neighbourhood. Obviously if you put 227 units next to an area that has 12 units per hectare, there’s no transition. Any urban planner will tell you there needs to be some kind of transition,” Asselin said.
Asselin feels the city should revise their by-law back to what was originally proposed or do another consultation before approving the current revised project. “The consultations could have brought a sense of transparency from the city at least, but I know it’s not required,” he said.
Project conforms to the PPU
Pro-Mayor and District 3 Councillor Jasmine Sharma said the city’s original PPU has evolved since it was first adopted. “The city was sharing what their projected vision was for all sectors in the city. There were studies done between 2015 and 2017 in regards to redeveloping that sector,” she said
“The current council that looked at this project and determined it conforms to the PPU. There were no exceptions or modifications that we had to allow because it was a direct reflection of what was allowed in regard to the regulations that we had to go with to approve the project,” said Sharma.
She added that the original concept before the PPU was adopted called for a 10-storey building to be built on Lotbinière.
“It was negotiated down to six storeys,” she said. “If the promoter wants to go lower, that would be their decision. The current project that was presented to the urban planning committee actually reflects the regulations. The promoter is within their right to construct this building.”