Shoreline Construction: Outrageous in 2013!
Memphremagog Conservation is strongly opposed to the granting of permits for any installation on the shores of the lake. Expressing in the strongest terms its outrage that permission has been given to erect what are clearly boathouses, whatever they pretend to be, the organization points out that such buildings have been banned for at least the past 30 years under government policy protecting banks and shorelines.
The enormous edifice currently under construction is situated in the municipality of Magog. Its platform measures 35’ along the lakefront by 30’ in depth, and the passageway to reach it is surely at least 20’ in length. In other words, the surface area of this boat elevator measures 1000 sq. ft (one thousand square feet)! A second installation is underway in the municipality of the Canton of Stanstead.
MCI’s volunteer president Gisèle Lacasse Benoît is scandalized by the situation: “We cannot understand how it is possible that permits could have been issued for such a monstrous structure, which clearly violates the spirit of the Politique de protection des rives. If there are loopholes in municipal bylaws, they have to be closed immediately. We at MCI reiterate our plea to local municipalities, which we made last July after cement posts were poured in the lake to hold up this gigantic structure. Austin is the only municipality to have changed its bylaw. All municipalities in the area have to modify their legislation, so that no permanent structure of this kind is permitted along the shores of the lake.”
Madame Lacasse Benoît concludes, “This kind of activity is no more and no less than an overriding of the public good for the sake of individual profit, not to mention its impact on the natural landscape and the disturbance to those living nearby.”