Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on North Hat­ley de­vel­op­ment project draws crowd

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, North Hat­ley photo Ar­chives

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion hear­ing, held by the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC on Jan­uary 8th, re­gard­ing the re-zon­ing of the flood plain in North Hat­ley drew a full house. The MRC pre­sented its re­port on the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the flood zone that in­cludes the land where the pro­posed, five story, two hun­dred and thirty unit con­do­minium project of de­vel­oper Richard Lal­ib­erté would be built. Presently, the land is con­sid­ered to flood on av­er­age ev­ery twenty years, how­ever, the new re­port in­di­cates that some of that land is now ex­pected to flood on av­er­age once ev­ery one hun­dred years. “With to­day’s The pro­posed North Hat­ley con­do­minium project would be built in a flood zone on this site.

tech­nol­ogy, we can be more pre­cise when it comes to the flood zone so a new study was done,” ex­plained North Hat­ley mayor Michael Page who at­tended the meet­ing.

North Hat­ley res­i­dent Michael Grayson, rep­re­sent­ing res­i­dents group Ac­tion North Hat­ley which is con­cerned about the large scale project, also pre­sented a twenty page brief that in­cluded sev­eral photographs of past flood­ing on the land in ques­tion. Much of the in­for­ma­tion con­tra­dicted that in the re­port pro­vided by EXP, the company hired by the MRC to do a study.

“There were two in­ter­ven­tions from North Hat­ley cit­i­zens at the meet­ing which claimed that the cal­cu­la­tions of the MRC re­port were false. It’s im­por­tant to get the facts straight; be­fore we move on we must clear up this ques­tion be­cause we don’t want prob­lems down the road,” com­mented Mr. Page.

Peo­ple have un­til Jan­uary 19th to send their ques­tions and con­cerns to the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC about this pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the flood zone. The com­mit­tee in charge will de­cide by the end of the month whether or not to do another study of the land.

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