August 19, 2022

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The camping project is worrying the citizens

The camping project is worrying the citizens

A camping project under construction in Metabechouan-Lac-à-la-Croix in Lac-Saint-Jean is worrying the citizens of the sector.

These residents fear future inconveniences related to the operation of the 55-seat ground. The proximity of the future Clarence campsite, rue Saint-Andre, is likely to upset neighbors.

At first, Anne-Renée Gagnon, who lives next to the access road, saw no inconvenience.

“I thought it would bring activity to the area!” she said.

The developer, Claveau et Fils of Saguenay, purchased the 2.8-hectare site in November 2018. 55 lots are under development. The site is operated by Cooperative.

Relations with the neighborhood reportedly deteriorated in December 2020. Mme Gagnon investigated the uprooting of three mature trees on his property.

“On December 24, I woke up to the sound of machinery, and saw three trees uprooted and part of the fence,” she said. “The foreman asked me what I wanted in compensation, but it didn’t go ahead, so I don’t know if we’ll agree yet.”

Katie Thibodeau and her partner, who still live on rue Saint-Andre in Quebec City, thought they had found the ideal second home two years ago. Camping was just a project then.

“The agent told me that there is a project that has been discussed for many years, but it is hanging on the environmental level and there is very little chance that it will come true,” said M.me Thibodeau.

Today, the owner is surprised by the scale of the project. A campsite actually occupies the entire field of vision afforded by its own site. She and her husband have completely renovated the more than 100-year-old house and now plan to invest in a fence.

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“It’s going to be a significant investment. When you come on weekends, it doesn’t include viewing trailers!” she explained.

“What worries me is noise, people sleeping late, loud music…”

The municipality ensures that the promoter complies with all the requirements of the Ministry of Environment. She accepted the project to generate economic activity.

“We monitor compliance with municipal regulations,” said Mayor Andre Fortin.

If there are disagreements between citizens and promoters, the city can act as a mediator, he said, “doing whatever is possible.”

“I want them to respect my land,” said Anne-Renée Gagnon.

Claveau et Fils did not want to grant an interview.