April 9, 2019 4:29 pm
Updated: April 9, 2019 5:11 pm

After referendum, Pointe-Claire Coptic church expansion project gets green light

Pointe-Claire held a referendum to decide the fate of the Coptic Church expansion plan.

Brayden Jagger Haines

A revitalization project for a Coptic church in Montreal’s West Island has been given the green light following months of debate in the community.

Pointe-Claire residents forced a referendum on the contentious expansion of the St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church near Lakeshore Road and des Sources Boulevard.

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Those opposed to the construction plans raised concerns about traffic congestion and overcrowding in the neighbourhood.

After months of city council meetings and discussions, the referendum was held on Sunday.

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A total of 53 per cent of eligible residents voted in support of a zoning bylaw change for the church. The City of Pointe-Claire says there were 66 votes in favour and 58 against.

“Over 75 per cent of residents qualified to vote and living in a zone adjacent to the sector in question participated in this democratic process,” said Mayor John Belvedere in a statement.

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As a result, the Coptic church can move forward with its plan to build a community centre on the adjacent lot and file a permit request.

The city says the zoning change will come into effect on April 17.

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