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Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 18, 2021

‘Little more than theft’

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank The Journal and John Jantak for bringing the Saint-Lazare article to light (Review of Saint-Lazare environmental protection map raises concerns and questions, The Journal, February 11).

I am a property owner on one of the affected streets in Saint-Lazare. I purchased this property in 1985 with the intent to build my first home for my young family. I spent many hours creating the drawings and making sure they met the city's building code. Then 1986 when I applied for a building permit I was told that the city was not issuing permits on my street. I was very discouraged and have since moved out of the province due to work but always hoped that my investment would eventually assist in my retirement.

You can be sure that this by-law would not be introduced if any of the municipal officers or their relatives owned property on the affected streets. This is nothing more than theft and it affects many families who purchased these properties with the hope to build homes as an investment for their future and their families’ future. Frankly I do not trust the municipal government. They have never informed me of any changes or new restrictions on properties in Saint-Lazare. They tend to keep any changes private for their eyes only.

In fact the only information they send out consistently is the tax bills every year. I sincerely hope that Mr. Jantak will continue to monitor this situation and keep the public informed.

Brad Turner

Former Saint-Lazare resident

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