Hudson Rezoning for Mayfair semidetached homes going forward


    A plan to rezone an area of Hudson for semi-detached houses is drawing the ire of some of their would-be neighbours.

    In early 2015, town council abandoned a proposed amendment to lower the minimum size for lots with either water or sewer service from about 30,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. At the time, there was some confusion if the zoning amendment applied to the entire town or specifically for the Mayfair project, a development in Hudson’s Valleys area which is near the entrance of the neighbouring Alstonvale development. A 106-name petition from residents opposing the zoning change had been presented to council.

    At the Oct. 3 council meeting, a resolution was tabled to relaunch the bylaw amendment process specifically for the Mayfair project based on a request by developer Construction Daniel Rodrigue, which had initially presented plans for the town to consider in the fall of 2014. 

    Council followed its planning department’s recommendation to permit these modifications to allow the construction of semi-detached dwellings. It was noted the project will benefit the town and that the area is well suited for semi-detached homes.

    Currently, there are 12 lots zoned for single-family homes. The proposed project would consist of 24 semi-detached homes.

    A buffer zone will be required between the proposed project and existing homes as well as between Cambridge Street, according to the resolution. Another condition is that a dangerous curve on the existing road will have to addressed and replaced at the developer’s expense in order for the project to proceed.

    Director general Jean-Pierre Roy pointed out the proposed bylaw changes reflect the town’s longterm vision to attract younger families and to offer more affordable housing options in Hudson. Council still has to adopt related notices of motion to officially launch the proposed zoning and subdivision changes which are subject to a referendum process. A public consultation meeting on the Mayfair project will also have to be held before the amendments can be formally approved by council.

    However, local opposition to the Hudson’s Valleys project remains steadfast, according to resident Gilbert Vocelle, who has lived on Mayfair Street for about five years in the adjacent Alstonvale neighbourhood.

    “I don’t understand why they are revisiting the situation because we produced a petition (last year) with over 100 names against this project,” he said. “We’re going to be presenting another petition to town hall. We’re going to fight it to the end.

    There remain outstanding issues such as increasing the demand on the town’s potable water supply and a dangerous curve in front of the proposed development, he noted.

    Meanwhile, officials from Construction Daniel Rodrigue hope to ease public concerns about the Mayfair project, noting with a countryside facade, the two-bedroom semi-detached homes will blend in with nearby existing single-family homes.

    The semi-detached homes should be marketed in the $450,000 price range, said Janice Duncan, vice-president of the construction firm.

    “The homes will be targeted to retired people, empty nesters. They will be on one floor, bungalow-style semi-detached,” she said, adding the goal is to conserve as many trees on the lots as possible.

    The proposed semi-detached homes will be built using four design models and the aim is to maximize privacy. Each home will have a two-car garage.

    “We want to integrate that into the style of homes that are already there,” she added. “They’re going to be beautiful. The theme is sort of ’Hamptons in the country.’ We are really taking into consideration the trees that are there on the lots.”

    The much-discussed sharp curve on a section of Mayfair street will be improved for safety as part of the proposed development, so owners of nearby existing homes will also benefit, Duncan noted.

    The firm plans to make a presentation during the public consultation, which could possibly be held in late November if the notices of motion are tabled at the upcoming council meeting, Duncan said.

    If all the required amendments are accepted by the town, construction of a model home for the Mayfair project could start by next summer, she added.