Now that the meetings have resumed, environmentalists are demanding officials obtain and use updated flood maps to consider the development’s merits.
Flooding closed the entire length of l’Anse-à-l’Orme Road in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, in Montreal’s West Island.
“We asked for a delay [Monday] in the consultation process, to allow time for the new documents that should be submitted,” said Sue Stacho, who added officials aren’t using up-to-date maps.
“We obviously experienced a really crazy flood and that has to be considered in any future planning of the area.”
Flooding sent gushing water to neighbourhoods previously untouched, but developers insist the project isn’t on a flood plain.
Environmentalists have opposed the project for years, worrying it could have an impact on one of the island’s largest green spaces, l’Anse-à-l’Orme Park.
“If those sponge-like water absorbing fields are replaced by asphalt roads and houses, where will that water go?” asked Alison Hackney, who lives in Senneville.
The next public consultation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday on 1550 Metcalfe St.
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