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Regional sports park and request for an amendment to the MRC’s revised development plan: Châteauguay explains some facts

Friday, 24 May, 2019

Châteauguay, May 24, 2019 – Following the many comments and questions that have been circulating in the media and social networking sites in the last few days, the Ville de Châteauguay wishes to clarify some facts about the regional sports park project and the request to amend the revised development plan (SAR) of the Roussillon Regional County Municipality (MRC).

Regional sports park

The City is considering the possibility of creating a regional sports park, which would benefit many baseball and softball enthusiasts (leagues) and high-level athletes. However, a location has yet to be determined to carry out the project, which has been on the table for almost a year now. A meeting with the various stakeholders in the City who are impacted by the project is being organized for next week to review the consequences of the various proposals. The location has not been planned yet. This park would be part of a major sports development project started by previous administrations, including the Centre multisport, which has three skating rinks, the Sportplex with synthetic turf of an area of 5,400 square metres, three gymnasiums, a running track, and the future development of an indoor aquatic centre.

About the proposed development plan

On another note, the City took advantage of a window opened by the MRC that wanted to revise its sustainable development plan by asking that certain standards be relaxed relating to development in the “viable conservation” designation areas. The context and details were outlined in a press release issued on May 17. The Mayor of Châteauguay, Pierre-Paul Routhier, confirms that the objective is not as drastic as some activist groups would lead one to believe: “The objective is that certain viable conservation designation areas may possibly be developed at 60% instead of the currently authorized 45%, so the City has more flexibility in its land use. If the MRC accepts the request, the City will be able to determine the land use itself.” No projects are on the table at the moment. But if there were to be a residential development there, the City could consider including an institutional area and neighbourhood parks, for example.

The public will be consulted when the City determines which projects it wants to set in motion, before moving forward. The time and location for the meeting will be announced at a future date. However, at any time, you can forward your questions and comments related to this project by email to communications@ville.chateauguay.qc.ca.

Last update: 2019-05-27 07:33

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