Owners of “shoebox” will require the holding of referendums

Des propriétaires de «shoebox» demanderont la tenue de référendums

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
Applications for permits for projects of transformation and demolition of houses, so-called “shoebox” have been frozen by the elected officials in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.

The regulation for the protection of houses shoebox of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, has been finally adopted by the elected officials, but the owners continue to denounce the new rules imposed on them. They even intend to request the holding of referendums in 39 areas of the territory.

The elected members of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie endorsed, on Monday, the final version of the regulation on the shoebox in order to better regulate demolition, alterations, and enlargements of these working class houses that are now part of the ” heritage modest.” This regulation requires a withdrawal from a meter when adding an additional floor and the retention of the original façade.

The mayor of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, François Croteau, recalled that a committee consisting of experts in urban planning, architecture and heritage as well as of the owners of shoebox had been consulted to validate the approach undertaken by the borough. The elected members have finally reviewed the classification of buildings in order to restrict the number of properties deemed to be ” exceptional “.

The mayor Croteau contends that the district clarifies some of the rules that were already in force since 2013, in particular those related to the setback for the upper floors and the preservation of the facades. The new regulations will curb real-estate speculation and intensification, submitted to the elect : “But for the expansion projects of single-family homes, the regulations that we have adopted is a thousand times better and more easier for the owners than the status quo.”

Registers and referendums

Owners, however, continue to oppose certain provisions of the regulations as adopted by the borough. Wilfried Cordeau, who owns a house shoebox in the district of Saint-Édouard, believes that elected officials have not taken account of the concerns expressed by many owners. “It’s been 9 months that we made representations, hand we do not have the feeling of having been listened to. The regulation has not changed one iota, if it is not to add additional requirements, ” he says.

The owners are supportive of the idea of counter speculation, but they have, in particular, against the prohibition of adding housing to the houses of the shoebox deemed exceptional.

The owners, however, have collected enough signatures to demand the opening of records, a process that could lead to the holding of referendums. In total, 39 records will be open and the residents of the targeted areas will soon have the opportunity to vote to demand a referendum. In the meantime, some articles of the new regulation will not apply.

François Croteau has, however, indicated that the district does not intend to hold referenda, and that he would prefer to withdraw the application of certain articles subject to approval by referendum. It is that this procedure represents significant costs, or approximately $ 80,000 per referendum.

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