JEAN-CLAUDE GOBÉ: “You might wake up with a tower in your backyard?”

Laval, October 2nd, 2017 – Jean-Claude Gobé, leader of Action Laval and candidate for mayor, demands an immediate moratorium on the granting of permits for the construction of new towers exceeding the maximum of 15 floors provided in the new development plan. “We must act immediately and without delay. A serious polemic will soon happen if these towers are built. Marc Demers must enforce his own rules and block these projects!”, said Jean-Claude Gobé.

It was in an investigation file by Stéphane St-Amour, in Courrier Laval, that we learned that six new towers could exceed the maximum height of 15 floors, like the Equinoxe 26-storey tower on the waterside on Levesque West, despite the interim regulations marking the height as well as the new layout plan.

“Maybe citizens will wake up with a tower in their backyard”, Jean-Claude Gobé

For Jean-Claude Gobé, this article comes at a particular moment, during the election campaign: “It seems very clear to me that Marc Demers did not intend this information to be made public before the elections”. Moreover, it is impossible today to know the precise location of these towers, “Maybe they will be built behind bungalows? We do not know more and the mayor refuses to disclose the information, the only available being that there are six and that they could exceed the maximum 15 floors provided in the development plan”, he added.

Marc Demers indicated in April 2016 that he was committed to putting an end to the high towers in Laval in the residential neighborhoods. Mayor was quoted by Journal de Montréal: “The 15-story buildings in the middle of a residential sector, there will no longer be any with the new development plan. We cannot get rid of those that exist, but there will not be others that will grow”, Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval.

“It is not serious”, exclaims Jean-Claude Gobé, “it does not respect his own commitments nor his regulations”, he said.

For the candidate of Action Laval in the Souvenir-Labelle district, Mrs. Viviane Monette, known to have fought against the construction of the 26-storey tower on Boulevard Lévesque-Ouest: “I can bet that these towers will be built on the waterfront or in full residential area. The mayor and his team know all too well, that if information is known by the public, citizens will be the first to express their dissatisfaction on voting day, November 5th“.

In conclusion, Jean-Claude Gobé reiterates his demands: City of Laval and Marc Demers must enforce the development plan and cancel the issuance of permits that do not respect it.