The following statement from the Board of Directors of the Dunany Community Association was sent to Mayor Jason Morrison of Wentworth, his councillors and key staff on Sunday, September 22, 2019.
DCA in full support of current Wentworth council and administration
In light of recent media reports and actions by the Lake Louisa Property Owners’ Association (LLPOA), the Dunany Community Association (DCA) called a special meeting of its Board of Directors on September 21 to review the facts surrounding By-Law changes in the Wentworth Municipality as well as recent activities.
Martine Renaud, responsible for Urbanism and environmental protection for the Municipality and Revilla Sauvé, former President of the DCA and Wentworth Counsellor, current member of the CCU (Comité Consultatif en Urbanisme) and William Gauley, Wentworth Councillor, joined the Board to discuss the process for recent By-Law changes, specific changes and the impact on the Dunany community and on any potential development project.
By-Laws were formally promulgated on September 4, 2018 in response to “Orientation 10” a policy from the Province of Quebec through the MRC that would put restrictions on urban sprawl and focus development more on ‘urban areas’. In light of the facts presented, the DCA is confident that:
- There are restrictions on development that maintain the integrity of the environment,
- The By-Laws in place now are stricter than the By-Laws that proceeded them – not weaker,
- The By-Laws were not changed to accommodate any particular proposed project,
- The Municipality did provide opportunities for consultation on the changes,
- If there is a request to “change” or obtain “exemptions” from existing By-Laws, public consultation would be required and the citizens would have the right to ask for a referendum on the changes.
The DCA supports activities to preserve the environment and quality of life of our citizens, but finds that the campaign waged by the LLPOA and its attacks on Wentworth’s Mayor and Council are disturbing and deplorable. As a result, the DCA disassociates itself completely from the recent interventions and communications from some of the leaders and supporters of the LLPOA.
The DCA Board of Directors fully supports the current Wentworth administration led by Mayor Jason Morrison and Councillors Dr. Maurice Pilon, Bill Gauley, David Smith, Jay Brothers and Gilles Ouellette. We have complete confidence that these leaders will find a balance between reasonable development and environmental protection in a way that preserves the life we all cherish.
Your DCA Board will continue to monitor the activities in Wentworth and keep you abreast of developments. We will make no comments about the proposed Wentworth Integrated Tourism Resort (WITRI) project until a formal project is presented and analyzed. Until that happens, and if that happens, we would hope that all energies would be directed to the concrete issues in the municipality such as the development of trails, walking paths and safe roads to make Wentworth a better place.
The Board of the DCA
September 22, 2019