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Senneville

Developer waiting for town’s urban plan

A developer who recently purchased a $1-million vacant lot from the Lester B. Pearson School Board says he is patiently waiting for Senneville to complete its master urban plan, the subject of an ongoing consultation process initiated over two years ago.

Jacques Bélisle, who purchased the 400,000-square-foot lot from the school board this fall, said he is in no rush to begin construction as he waits for Senneville to complete its new planning program.

While the businessman said he is willing to build 12 single-family homes on large lots as permitted under the town’s current zoning, he said a high-density residential project would mean more trees could be saved on the parcel just north of École secondaire Saint-Georges along Senneville’s border with Ste-Anne-de Bellevue.

“I am open to all propositions. If the town wants something, one or the other, I don’t mind and I’m in no rush,” Bélisle said. “I bought that because it’s nice value and I know the town already asked the citizens if they want to buy it and they said, ‘No.’ So I said I’m going to buy it and we’ll see.”

Bélisle said he aims to preserve as much of the forest as possible.

“That’s one of my goals, to keep it as a forest for the maximum I can,” he added. “But I’ll wait to see what the town and citizens want to do.”

No matter what is eventually developed on the property, Bélisle said, it will prove to be a worthwhile investment.

“It’s a very nice piece of land, well located in a town that I think is the most beautiful town in Quebec and that’s why I bought it,” he said.

While he has dubbed the property “Château Senneville” on Quebec’s company registry, Bélisle said it’s a work-in-progress file name.

The recently sold lot was inherited by Pearson, following the transition to linguistic boards, from the now defunct Lakeshore School Board, which had attempted to sell it to a developer in the late 1980s. That would-be development faced legal challenges and then financial woes and never materialized. At the time, Senneville had attempted in vain to change the zoning to a restricted institutional from residential use in 1988.

Senneville, as part of a draft master urban plan released in May 2010, had proposed some residential development of the triangular lot, either 12 single-family homes on minimum size lots of 21,528 square feet, or about 60 condominium-type apartments in a two-storey structure.

The town held public consultations regarding its draft in spring 2011 but has since revisited the process following the release last December of the Montreal Metropolitan Community’s new regional development plan, which was then approved by Quebec’s Minister of Municipal Affairs in March.

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