Lasalle Borough Sets June 21 for Register about Wanklyn Island Zone Changes, If Needed
During the question period at their borough meeting on May 7, LaSalle Borough officials said that the proposed bylaw for three lots won’t change, despite Merlin Immobilier’s decision to lower the height of their buildings in their two projects.
“We aren’t changing the bylaw, but we are changing the heights of these two projects because of a technical issue,” said LaSalle Mayor Manon Barbe, in answer to a citizen question. She said that LaSalle plans to follow the usual legal process for a bylaw revision. “The legal notice will appear in the local newspaper on June 19 and a register, if one is required, will be held Thursday, June 21.”
The zone change affects 47,139 square metres between Cherry Lane, Jean-Milot, Wanklyn and Highway 138 in northwestern LaSalle. Known as Ilot Wanklyn, the current lots—1930409, 1930411 and 1930278—are owned by the FTQ through two companies, Condos Wanklyn-Milot S.E.C. and Wanklyn Milot S.E.C.
Currently, the entire property is covered by one three-storey zone (H08-06). If the bylaw goes through, the property will be divided into five zones. One zone (H08-05) already exists; it includes a portion north of Jean-Milot and extends south to include the current residences on Rue des Oblats west of Cherry Lane. The smallest new zone (proposed H08-49) covers three proposed four-storey buildings next to Cherry Lane and extends north to Jean-Milot. A second new zone (proposed P08-06) covers the proposed park and Cherry Lane. The largest zone (proposed H08-07) covers the property north of Wanklyn and west of Highway 138.*
A fourth new zone (proposed H08-48) is the northeast portion of the property and falls to the west of Highway 138 just south of Jean Milot. This is the one that will be developed in future proposals.*
Some citizens expressed concern that the zone changes, if accepted, will ensure that people living south of Wanklyn have no say over future development north of the proposed park.
“At this point, it’s looking as though citizens will participate in the register for a referendum process,” said Sonia Susnjar after the meeting. Susnjar gathered signatures to block the larger Quartier de la Gare project last October. “Merlin’s decision to lower the heights of their buildings is a movement in the right direction, but we are very far from what the citizens want. From the start, we’ve made it clear that we are concerned with the number of units not just the height. We are hoping that changes can continue to be made in both height and number of units so the project can live harmoniously with its neighbours.”
During the meeting, councillors approved the urban planning committee meeting minutes from April 1 and officially approved the second reading of the four zone modifications included in the project.
*Two paragraphs changed to clarify the proposal, thanks to points made by Sonja Susjnar in the comments.
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