Saint-Lazare council decision regarding draft By-law 1095 eagerly awaited by residents
By John Jantak
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The ability to build on lots which are on a private road is the issue up for review over the next few months by the Saint-Lazare mayor and councillors.
Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo announced at the March 9, Tuesday evening council meeting that a decision regarding the adoption of By-law 1095 which will enhance the protection of the town’s remaining forest canopy will be made within the next three to four months.
The upcoming review and the final decision regarding the scale and scope of the by-law will be made based on the recommendations from residents who submitted their concerns to the town during a written public consultation process which ended last Friday.
Public consultation process completed
While the written public consultation process isn’t the same as having the concerned residents participate in a public gathering where everyone is able to hear other people’s concerns, Grimaudo noted that the town will review each submission carefully and address all their concerns accordingly.
“Normally if it was a standard public consultation process everyone would be in a room discussing it. But with the situation as it is with COVID-19 what we did is have everybody send in their comments and questions. Next week the council will be getting a full explanation of all the questions and comments that have come in,” said Grimaudo.
“Once we have all that information and had a chance to discuss it then decisions will be made as to what we will do with By-law 1095. Always remember that this is a draft by-law and everything is decided after a public consultation,” said Grimaudo.
Municipalization of private roads
For landowners who have property on the private portions of Sandmere Road and Oakridge Road, they could have to wait up to one year before any decision is made regarding the eventual municipalization of the private road which would allow landowners the right to build on their properties.
When asked whether the city would issue construction permits later this spring, Grimaudo replied that property owners will have to be patient. “I would say likely not. Spring is pretty darn close right now and it would take a minor miracle for all this to be settled before then,” he said.
“The long and short of my answer is ‘patience’,” he added.
No construction permits until municipalization
District 1 Councillor Genèvieve Lachance interjected to clarify that the road would have to be municipalized beforehand. “No permits will be issued until the road is municipalized and brought up to code first. It’s not a three-month thing,” said Lachance.
Grimaudo reiterated that the process to have draft By-law 1095 adopted is a three to four month procedure. “Following that, there’s the municipalization of private roads if it occurs,” he said. “We’re talking about approval of plans. We’re looking at many, many months if not a year or so down the road if it even happens. That will be a council decision.”