The rest stop back on Rue Royale without a referendum

The rest stop back on Rue Royale without a referendum
The rest stop back on Rue Royale without a referendum

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The drop-in center will return to Rue Royale without needing to go through a referendum. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Andréanne Lemire

Published yesterday at 9:19 p.m. EDT

The return of the Point de rue organization’s drop-in center to Rue Royale will not be the subject of a referendum. The municipal council of the City of Trois-Rivières voted in favor of a by-law allowing the building to be used as an emergency shelter for the homeless without the need to go through a referendum consultation which accompanies a process of change of zoning.

The City abandons the draft by-law aimed at a zoning change, preferring to adopt a PPCMOI type project. This process makes it possible to authorize a shelter for people experiencing homelessness by targeting this buildingwe can read in a press release published in the evening by the City.

The problems of cohabitation between the residents of rue Royale and this shelter were an issue during the winter. The noise and waste management were criticized by several merchants and residents of the street.

Although some people have expressed concerns about the presence of the drop-in center in this building, the City must act to address the issues posed by homelessness in terms of safety and health. In light of the consultation exercises, she comes to the conclusion that the soft stop is part of the solution.

A quote from Extract from the press release from the City of Trois-Rivières.

The City of Trois-Rivières indicates having studied around ten alternatives before choosing to maintain the drop-in center in the city center, where cohabitation problems are most frequent.

A public meeting will be organized on August 13 at 6 p.m. at city hall, where citizens can come and comment on the change in regulation before its final approval on August 20.

In the meantime, the City of Trois-Rivières indicates that mitigation measures could be put in place to reduce impacts on the environment.

The results of a survey that was carried out surrounding the forum on homelessness on May 10 show, according to the City, that majority of survey participants want improved services for people experiencing homelessness […] it was also proposed to set up temporary facilities to meet hygiene needs and to create temporary accommodation solutions.

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