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  • Hannah Sabourin

Mayor: Chelsea can’t stop all construction

Chelsea residents may have little sway in how their municipal government revises the 2022 master plan – a road map for urban development in Chelsea.

This summer, the Ward 2 Residents Association – a ward that encompasses a large part of Gatineau Park and the centre village – surveyed Chelsea residents at large about the municipal master plan, tackling subjects like residential developments, social services, and road safety. Their study revealed that a majority of survey respondents opposed the construction of 1,000 residential units.

Of the 437 survey respondents – unconfirmed Chelsea residents – 62 per cent opposed new home developments. This survey question, however, wrongly stated that the residential units would be located downtown. Chelsea Mayor Pierre Guénard said developments are not restricted to downtown, rather many of those developments would be in Farm Point.