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Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield council set to decided hot-button issues on Monday

  • Beaconsfield Mayor David Pollock.
    Beaconsfield Mayor David Pollock.
    Photo credit: Gazette file photo

A slew of hot-button issues are expected to be discussed publicly when Beaconsfield council meets on Monday, Nov. 19.

Council is set to table the results of survey of about 800 residents living just south of Highway 20 on whether they are willing to cover a potential local improvement tax over the course of two decades to pay for a 4.5-metre high sound barrier. The total cost estimated for the sound barrier is about $24 million, with the province expected to pay for 50 per cent. In the survey sent out last month, the city broke down the cost for the wall into three sections. Homeowners living closer to the potential sound wall and expected to benefit more from its presence would pay a higher amount than those living further away.

As well, it is expected council will deal with a potential public register regarding a high-density rezoning proposal targeting four specific lots along so-called transportation corridors on Elm Ave. and Beaurepaire Drive.

Despite objections from some residents, a split Beaconsfield council opted last month to move ahead with high-density zoning for the Elm Plaza, the Portage Centre property, a former Esso station lot near St. Charles Blvd.-Highway 20 and a gardening centre property on Beaurepaire. The proposed rezoning for these areas, which would allow up to three storeys, were adopted as part of a second draft bylaw concerning general land use and construction regulations within the city. Eligible residents who oppose the high-density zoning items were able to request a register which could then force council to either call a referendum or to scuttle the zoning amendment.

Council will also decide whether or not to hold a register Dec. 6 since it seems the required number of people signed petitions earlier this month regarding the rezoning for the Elm Plaza, Portage and Esso lots. Council will also deal with the issue of holding a register for the rezoning of the lot housing a strip mall located on Beaconsfield Blvd. near Lakeview Blvd.

Meanwhile, it is also anticipated council will confirm the city will not be required to hold a by-election for District 1 in lieu of Michael Montagano’s unexpected resignation from council last month. Council had asked Quebec if the city could be exempt from holding a costly by-election since Montagano’s Oct. 17 resignation came about two weeks shy of the one-year cut off date leading into the general election slated for November 2013.

The mayor told residents last month that Montagano’s decision was based on personal reasons.

Montagano, who had headed the city’s planning advisory committee, was serving his first term in office since the 2009 election.

The mayor also told residents that a by-election could cost the city about $60,000.

 

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