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Como Gardens: Mayor nixes TPAC request

HUDSON — There’s no point in asking the regional environment ministry to reconsider their decision clearing the way for development of the wetland opposite the palliative care residence, says mayor Michael Elliott.

“Why waste another three months to get the same answer?” Elliott said Friday. “The public will approve it or shoot it down.”

At its April meeting, the town planning advisory committee (TPAC) recommended that council ask the Ministère du Développement Durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP) to review the decision granting developer Sebastien Weiner a certificate of authorization.

TPAC has already signed off on a proposed zoning bylaw that would permit Weiner to excavate and backfill a narrow strip of peat bog on the east side of Como Gardens, then build seven or eight townhouses.

Once it is presented, Bylaw 629 is subject to a register and referendum.

TPAC now says it made its decision based on MDDEFP’s approval even though the wetland is listed in a 2008 greenspace audit as Hudson’s most environmentally sensitive area.

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TPAC approved the demolition of 83 and 85 Cameron, subject to further discussions about parking. Hudson resident Chris Vinson purchased both properties with a view to building a commercial and office complex with sidewalk-level retail space.

“The committee is very positive about the proposed project,” TPAC added in its minutes.

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Also approved was the subdivision plan for the 30-arpent former Macaulay Farm complex at the top of Mount Victoria, conditional on a survey of the steep hill overlooking Macaulay Hill escarpment so there is no disagreement as to where the edge of the escarpment is.

Mayor Elliott indicated that the town will take the cash equivalent of the ten percent greenspace allotment required by law, rather than parkland. “Residents want us to take the greenspace, but it won’t connect with any other greenspace,” he said. “I’m trying to build up a fund so that we can acquire greenspace that fits with what we have.”

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