Have your say: planning for housing subdivision by Luskville falls

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Approximately 15 people gathered at the Luskville Community Centre on April 29th to take part in a public consultation meeting regarding the future Domaine des Chutes subdivision. Participants included mayor Roger Larose, councillors Nancy Draper-Maxsom and Brian Middlemiss and urban planner Jalloul Salah.  Other participants included members of the Municipality of Pontiac’s (MoP) Planning Advisory Committee (PAC/CCU) and five members of the general public.

The Domaine des Chutes housing project runs from the corner of Hwy. 148 along the Ch. Hotel de Ville towards the entrance to the Luskville Falls.

“Between the Creek and Ch. Hotel de Ville, we’ve approved 39 subdivisions,” explained Mr. Salah. “The municipality will keep [back] three lots for preservation because there are [...] mature trees there. The other 36 lots will be for sale.”

The entire area of the subdivision is 112 acres, with Phase I, sited between the creek and Ch. Hotel de Ville, being about 59 acres.

The purpose of the consultation was to solicit input from the public on proposed changes to existing by-laws to enable the Municipality to provide direction to prospective home owners and builders. 

In his role as urban planner for the MoP, Mr. Salah explained the project and the proposed by-law changes.

This information is available on the MoP website here in English and here in French.

The current draft of the modification of zoning bylaw 177-01 will create a new zone, referred to as zone 56, within the existing Zone 18. This change is required to enable specifications on what can be included in the project. The proposed specifications for the new zone include, the numbers of buildings per lot (no more than three), the set-back from the road (10 m.) and the floor area of the dwelling (min. 175 and max. 300 m. sq.) Only one driveway will be permitted for houses within Domaine des Chutes and pools in yards that face Hwy. 148 or the entrance to Gatineau Park are prohibited.  Lots with an access to the creek running through the subdivision will have further restrictions in regards to construction work and tree-felling.

The Domaine des Chutes subdivision differs in nature to others in the area in that the land owner is currently selling lots to individuals, not to a builder. Therefore individuals will be able to hire any contractor they wish. As a result, there are a number of rules that need to be followed; the MoP is also making some strong recommendations for builders.

These include the kind of materials the house may be built of (wood, brick or stone only), the colours of the exterior (natural tones to complement the surrounding countryside) and use of energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems. 

One lot has been set aside to create a park and natural recreation area.  Three meters on the project side of Ch. Hotel de Ville are also being allowed for eventual widening of that road.

Concerns raised by the public on Friday night included the availability and quality of water for the individual houses and how this housing subdivision might negatively influence visitors to the Gatineau Park. It was also recommended that the MoP prepare information for prospective buyers and builders on non-mandatory aspects of the by-law, such as information on energy efficient technologies and how to maximize solar gain.

The evening event was the start of a short week-long consultation period, during which local residents are invited to send in comments and concerns about the Domaine des Chutes building site.

The deadline for input on the bylaw changes is Friday, May 6th. Please send your comments or queries to Jalloul Salah at the Municipality of Pontiac.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

100 Homes in Pontiac Hit by Devastating Tornado Plowing Across Outaouais Region

Categories: 

by: 

Thomas Soulière

It was one minute after five o’clock on Friday afternoon when the tornado that made landfall 9 kilometers away in Dunrobin, Ontario crossed Route 148 in the Breckenridge sector of the Municipality of Pontiac.

A Tale of Two Approaches

Categories: 

by: 

Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

See Also: When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

Categories: 

by: 

Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


Image: Wikimedia Commons

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and eventually a “ban” of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020.  Municipalities who comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs.   The Municipality of Pontiac has responded by passing a resolution to initiate door to door collection with costs paid for by the residents. 

Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

The story of a story teller: the Joan Finnigan musical

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Joan Finnigan, daughter of Shawville's Frank Finnigan, poet and author of 28 books, died in 2007. Now her legendary stories of life in the Ottawa Valley are brought to life in I Come From the Valley, a new musical by Stone Fence Theatre.

The cast of I Come From the Valley: standing from left, Phil Goden, Luna Nordholdt, Nigel Epps and Jocelyn Smith. Fran Pinkerton, seated, plays Joan Finnigan. Photo courtesy Stone Fence Theatre.

Pages