Martin Coiteux, the Government of Quebec’s minister of municipal affairs and land occupancy, has announced creation of a committee to consider the development of new government orientations in land use planning (OGAT).
It will be composed of the Minister and representatives of the two major municipal partners, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités and the Union des municipalités du Québec.
“Recognized as local governments, municipalities are essential partners of the Government of Quebec,” said Coiteux. “They are better acquainted with regional realities and have a deep knowledge of the specificities of their territory. Recall that with the adoption of the law on local governments, we reversed the sequence by favoring a bottom-up approach. Acting together with the municipalities for the sustainable development of living environments, while respecting their autonomy, is our priority.”
The committee, whose work will begin in mid-November, will be responsible for proposing possible solutions so that the government’s spatial planning guidelines take more account of local realities, with a view to greater autonomy of local governments, such as municipalities and RCMs. The issue of the sustainable development of living environments will be addressed in terms of better adapting government orientations to territorial particularities.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that land use planning is first and foremost a political responsibility,” said Bernard Sévigny, president of the Union of Quebec Municipalities and mayor of Sherbrooke. “Government orientations should give local governments the latitude to take concrete action on the ground, in order to put in place structuring projects, including economic development, transport and the environment. ”
Over the past few months, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy (MAMOT) has met with nearly 200 elected officials as part of the municipal consultations on the OGAT.
On August 16, 2017 the Mamot extended the period for receipt of comments on the documents concerning GLUPB until October 1st, 2017. A second consultation on the guidance document will take place in the winter of 2018 and will allow the municipal community to become aware of the changes made and to provide additional comments in order to better take into account municipal concerns.