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During a growth spurt, the municipality of Laurentides has obtained authorization from Quebec to modify its urban perimeter.

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The government of Quebec has just authorized the City of Sainte-Adèle to integrate the sector located northwest of Lac Rond into its urban perimeter.

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There are numerous housing development projects in Sainte-Adèle, in the Laurentians, where the population has increased by 10% since the pandemic. This growth worries some residents, who fear that their city will increasingly resemble a suburb of Montreal.

The MRC des Pays-d&#x27 ;en-Haut is surely the next crown, I would say perhaps the fourth crown in development. And we object to that, says Bernard Morrison, a citizen who does not look favorably on the construction of around 60 single-family homes on the site of the former Alpine golf club. .

We are also talking about building on the ski slopes which have been closed, adds Boyd De Leeuw, another citizen who lived for a long time near the former Le Chantecler hotel, closed since 2018. The ski slopes of the slope south of Mont Chantecler have been closed since the early 2000s. The ski center still exists, but it is located on the northern slope of the mountain.

In order to better supervise the development of its territory, the City of Sainte-Adèle recently requested and obtained authorization from the Government of Quebec to modify its urban perimeter. The fact that a space is included or not within the urban perimeter is basically the green light for denser, more concentrated development with more functions. This is generally associated with the presence or absence of the aqueduct and sewer, explains the director of the urban planning department at the City of Sainte-Adèle, Éric Généreux. p>

The sectors integrated into the urban perimeter are the southern flank of Mont Chantecler as well as the former industrial site of the Rolland paper company, which closed its doors in 1990. Éric Généreux maintains that the only way to build multiplexes and have a greater density of housing was to integrate these territories into the urban perimeter in order, precisely, to be able to plan their development. p>LoadingAlabama executes convict by nitrogen inhalation, a world first

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If we allow peri-urban development to continue in single-family detached homes, it is certain that we will always deforest more and more space, then build more and more infrastructure. At some point, we have to make a decision to say: are we capable of taking steps to get our real estate developers to offer other types of housing?

A quote from Éric Généreux, director of the urban planning department at the City of Sainte-Adèle

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On this map of the city, we see the integrated sectors on the urban perimeter, namely the southern slope of Mont Chantecler and the former site of the Rolland paper mill.

The City of Sainte-Adèle will shortly begin planning the two sectors added to the urban perimeter. It is at this time that citizens will be able to learn about the type of development envisaged and participate in consultations aimed, for example, at modifying the zoning of this or that land, maintains Éric Généreux.

The director of the town planning department believes that it will, however, be difficult to satisfy everyone. The question of density is likely to arise quickly. Citizens' opinions differ on this subject.

When we talk to the City, they always talk about multi-residential rather than single-family, so density is something that worries us, says resident Boyd De Leeuw. His neighbor Bernard Morrison is more open to the question: We can't be against densification, because there is such a shortage of housing. But it really has to be in a quadrilateral or in a very, very specific area.

We want the territory of Sainte-Adèle to develop well with studies , a public consultation.

A quote from Bernard Morrison, citizen of Sainte-Adèle

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The site of the former Alpine golf club, where 60 single-family homes can be built according to current zoning.

Residential development projects in Sainte-Adèle are, however, not limited to the new urban perimeter. Some projects, such as Mount Baldy and the former Alpine Golf Club, are outside the urbanization perimeter. No fewer than 1,125 citizens have signed a petition to oppose the construction of single-family homes on the golf club grounds.

Some would have liked the City to purchase the former golf club for sale at a cost of $12.5 million, although it was only valued at $1,340,000 at the land register. The City categorically excludes such a purchase, as it maintains that it has other priorities.

Citizens will also not be consulted on the development of the golf club, since it is a project by right, that is to say that the current zoning allows the construction of single-family homes. The City believes that it would expose itself to legal action if it tried to prevent it.

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Michèle Dubuc, of the Historical Society of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson and Estérel.

For residents around the Alpine golf club, the only hope now lies in a request for heritage classification submitted by the Historical Society of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson and Estérel to the Ministry of Culture and Communications.

The historical society believes that it is necessary to protect the golf area and Mount Baldy, considered the cradle of development of skiing in Canada, and even the cradle of tourism development in the Laurentians. The ministry's response is still awaited in this matter.

The multiple developments also worry the president of the Plein Air Sainte-Adèle organization, Daniel Bergeron, who sees a threat to the sustainability of the city's trails and the Laurentians in general. Our wish is to preserve them, or even create new ones, he says.

In order to better supervise development, Daniel Bergeron puts forward two avenues of reflection. The first is similar to the Act respecting the protection of land and agricultural activities, adopted by the government of Quebec in 1978. Could such a law also apply to vacation areas? and recreational tourism, once again to better control development?, asks Mr. Bergeron.

The other possible option, according to him, would be the creation of a green belt, like in Toronto. This belt allowed the city to become denser, rather than continually spreading out. A green belt around the Montreal region, which would apply as much to the Laurentians as to Montérégie and Estrie, could even better protect recreational tourism, vacation and agriculture vocations in also giving it a green lung to have better air and environmental quality.

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