Public consultation on North Hatley development project draws crowd
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.