Wakefield, Quebec PPU a farce with no action

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by admin on February 16, 2011

The Editor,
It is really frustrating to read another statement about the Wakefield, Quebec Plan particulier d’urbanisme from city hall in the Feb. 9 edition of the Low Down (“Stalled for biz park just rumour, Bussiere promises PPU by summer”).

The mayor states that many of the projects have already started, but aside from a few potholes being fixed I haven’t seen much around town. Granted, we are getting a community centre thanks to infrastructure grants and countless local donations and volunteers.

The way I see it, everything we said no to we seem to get: No high density housing = condo ville; No strip mall = Giant Tiger; No industrial park = 100-acre industrial park.

I have in front of me the PPU report, but nowhere is an industrial park mentioned for South Wakefield. Of course, the mayor has stated that “the PPU is a non-binding guideline and basically he will do what he wants. I heard it with my own ears. The continued arrogance is quite disturbing and insulting to those who took part in the process.

So don’t come dangling the PPU in front of our noses like a carrot on a stick. Bend over a little more and we will slip in another industrial park or sewage centre, you can’t stop it so you might as well accept it, ouch, that hurt! If we shut up, one day we might get a boardwalk.

Sorry, but that carrot is tainted; the Eco Echo land could be so much more. How about these: An outdoor centre for mountain-bikers, hikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and rock-climbers; city kids by the busload, coming to experience the great outdoors; plots of land for rent where people could grow their own food.

And that’s just for starters. It could be something beautiful, or it could be a blight on our community forever.

Not to encourage civil disobedience, but we need to step up our opposition to Phase 2:
Signs, bumper stickers; going viral with phone calls and emails to our local politicos; showing up en masse at meetings.

There must be lots of lawyers living locally, maybe they could get together to find a way to stop the madness before it goes any further. Are we up for the challenge or will we be complacent?

Nick Appleby
Wakefield, Quebec