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9th Edition - February 2010
     
 
IN THIS EDITION
Léry: the future of the forest
We are Calling for a
Public Consultation
on the Future of Léry
The Chateauguay-Léry
Forest at the Roussillon
RCM Meeting
Featured on
La semaine verte
 
 
 
 
Léry: the future of the forest  
   
The portion of the green belt located in Léry has been spared the residential development syndrome until now for good reason: no water, no sewers, thus no possible construction.

However, the town of Léry is now preparing to build a sanitary network that will open the door for development.

 

A group of citizens will use the next public meeting to demand a public consultation on the future of their small town of 2,377 residents that is likely to house over 15,000 before long.

 

Rendezvous:
Monday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Council Chamber
1, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Léry

 

Read:
- « We Are Calling for a Public Consultation on the Future of Léry »
- A citizen's letter to the Mayor (French only)

 
We are Calling for a Public Consultation
on the Future of Léry

 

A Population Increase

Léry is preparing to install an aqueduct and sewer network; good news for the environment and for the health of its citizens. However, this network will open the door to new residential developments throughout the territories zoned Residential. In the current urban plan, if all the land zoned as Residential were developed, the population of Léry could increase from 2,377 to more than 15,000 residents!

Why? Because each new residential development project within the Roussillon RCM must meet a minimum of dwellings per hectare: that is, “a minimum average gross density of 14 units per hectare”.
* Source: Schéma d’aménagement révisé, MRC Roussillon, January 21st 2008, page 2-48

 

The Urban Plan

340 hectares* are currently zoned Residential in the eastern sector (east of boulevard Léry):

14 units/hectare X 340 hectares = over 4,000 (possible) new homes.
* 1 hectare = 107,640 square feet

Considering an average of 2.6 residents per dwelling, Léry’s population could increase by more than 10,400 inhabitants. And that’s not taking into account the western sector…

This represents the potential impacts of an urban plan. Now, Léry must file its new urban plan by the end of March. We therefore call for a public consultation on the future of Léry.

 

The Impact on Our Municipal Tax Bills

In 2009, operational costs per capita in Léry were $703.

In comparison, the same operating costs, for cities in Quebec from 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants, were on average $1,662 per capita*. An increase of 136,4%!
* Source: Direction générale des finances municipales du Ministère des affaires municipales

 

Léry citizens, our quality of life and our tax bill will depend on the development plan that we agree to!

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The Chateauguay-Léry Forest at the Roussillon RCM
 

Last Wednesday, 27 January, citizen activists and SOS Fernand-Seguin Forest, Héritage Saint-Bernard and Chateauguay Ornithologists Club representatives gained the attention of the mayors of eleven cities of the Roussillon RCM at their public meeting.

The three groups took this opportunity to promote the idea of a large nature park and ask that the forest be recognized as a site of ecological interest in the development plan.

See:
- Report
- Photos
- Document handed in

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reportage Radio-Canada
 
Our Forest featured on La Semaine Verte
 

The Chateauguay-Léry Forest was featured during the broadcast of the television series La Semaine Verte on Radio-Canada. The report presents a summary of the SOS Fernand-Seguin Forest strategy, an interview of Mr. Hubert Reeves and beautiful images of the territory. The broadcast was watched by 750,000 viewers and continues to be viewed on the internet.

>> View the broadcast

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