Shore­line Con­struc­tion: Out­ra­geous in 2013!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.”

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