Opposition is growing against the plan to develop a large section of one of the last remaining forests in Point-Claire.
A group called “Save Fairview Forest” submitted a petition to the city last week with more than 2,000 signatures.
“It is a 22-acre tree that is more than 100 years old. It is the habitat for the brown snake that only exists in the Greater Montreal area, ”Genevieve Lucier, a Point-Claire resident and part of the Save Fairview Forest Group.
Lussier states that the green space also serves as a buffer of sound and air for the people living around it.
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The group wants Pointe-Claire to take action to protect the forest.
They also want the city to change the zoning for the area.
The forest is located west of Fairview Shopping Center.
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It is currently known as a multi-use area that allows for residential and commercial use.
The owner of the land, Cadillac Fairview, is billing as a city on the West Island and plans to expand the area.
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This includes turning 50 hectares of land just west of the mall into high-rise housing, office towers and a boutique hotel, among other things.
“We are hoping that the petitions speak for themselves and that the residents do not want a city in Pointe-Claire,” Lucier explained. “If they wanted to live in the city, they lived in the city.”
Fairview Cadillac says it plans to preserve 10 acres of forest, which will include walking and bike trails.
But for activists, this is not enough.
“It is the last forest in the region. It is the last Heat Island mitigator, the last of the many things in the region and has to be saved.
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During a Tuesday afternoon by the council, Mayor John Belvedere said that Ponte-Claire was already committed to protecting a portion of the forest.
“We confirm the reception of the petition. It will be given to all members of the city council for study and discussion later.
The group says they are disappointed with the answer and will continue to struggle to save the forest completely.
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