To protect and preserve our Village

By the end of this year, the Town of Brome Lake will adopt its new Five-Year Urban Plan which will essentially serve as a ‘white paper’ for its urban development over the next five years. 

At the same time, the Town will amend many zoning by-laws. The opinion of the citizens will be sought. Densification will be at the heart of the debate. 

Densification, when applied to rural areas, has several drawbacks and challenges. Rural areas are characterised by a slower pace of life and a closer connection to nature. 

Densification will disrupt this tranquillity by introducing more noise, pollution, and congestion; eroding the rural charm that attracted people to Brome Lake in the first place. Densification will put a strain on existing infrastructure and public services originally designed to accommodate lower density. Sudden population growth will compromise these services, leading to resource depletion and a reduced quality of life for residents. 

Ultimately, do we want our Village to ‘urbanise’ or do we want to retain its picturesque and peaceful character? For us, the answer is obvious, and it is up to you to make it known to all elected representatives at the public meetings that will be held to discuss these issues. Vigilance Lac-Brome, by Marc Rolland, Louise Potvin and Benoît G. Bourgon