Saint-Lambert residents support limited religious institutions: mayor

WATCH ABOVE: Raw footage of the municipal council in Saint-Lambert Wednesday night.

SAINT-LAMBERT – It seems there won’t be new religious institutions setting up in Saint-Lambert anytime soon.

The city’s municipal council met Wednesday night to consider their contentious zoning proposal to limit the number of religious institutions.

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According to Mayor Alain Dépatie, the majority of citizens support the proposal, which would limit the number of zones open to religious institutions to nine – down from the previous 19.

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Eight of those zones are already occupied by Christian institutions.

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The mayor said the city is simply reviewing its zoning regulations and defended itself against accusations of discrimination.