The political landscape changes in West Island and beyond after the municipal vote – Montreal | The Canadian News

Politics in the cities and towns of West Island and beyond is undergoing a major change in the wake of Sunday’s Quebec municipal elections.

Incumbent mayors fell to rivals who campaigned to curb excessive real estate development.

Incoming Hudson Mayor Chloe Hutchison wants to control the size of the proposed Sandy Beach housing project.

“The scheduled density for that area with respect to traffic alone seems unmanageable,” Hutchison told Global News.

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The mayor-designate says she is not against development. But you want projects that fit the size and scope of the bedroom community.

“This is not about putting a brake on development at all. It has to be in keeping with Hudson’s style so that we can maintain our distinctive style, ”he said.

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Many residents agree.

“Development in Hudson will go against many of the core values ​​of the people in Hudson because it is a quaint little town,” Laura Bergeron, a Hudson resident, told Global News.

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It is a common chorus that is also played on West Island.

Pointe-Claire’s incoming mayor, Tim Thomas, wants to control the huge residential projects.

“The development that is coming in Pointe-Claire has to accommodate the citizens of Pointe-Claire, not the other way around,” Thomas said Sunday night following his victory over Acting Mayor John Belvedere.

In Dorval, the incoming mayor is pushing for all new development projects to revolve around Dorval Avenue, including the old mall.

“It’s ready for redevelopment – mixed, commercial, residential,” Marc Doret told Global News.

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But the newly elected mayors do not define themselves solely on the basis of constantly reducing development. They remain focused on improving public services, such as maintaining and increasing access to the water fronts in Hudson and Dorval, and improving recreational activities.

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While they have to get to work, newly elected mayors realize that being the CEO of a new city or town can be a steep learning curve.

“It’s a new adventure,” Doret said.

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