Towards a complete integration of the territory

Vers une intégration complète du territoire

Shawinigan — Sixteen years after the municipal merger, the City of Shawinigan is set to unveil its first plan for development and sustainable development. The second project was adopted in a public meeting on Tuesday evening, and the citizens will be invited to a public consultation meeting on 29 may to 18 h, to the Hostel Governor.

This important initiative aims to establish the priority areas for the organization of the territory, the conservation and enhancement of resources and the protection of natural environments by 2030.

Since the merger, the management scheme of the City is based on that of the former regional county municipality of Centre-de-la-Mauricie, which dated back to… 1999.

The first draft of the revised scheme had been adopted in July 2014. So, it is a very long process, which should lead to a final version in August. Subsequently, a new plan must be adopted, which will cause changes to the zoning regulations and subdivision.

“It is a very important step, because it allows us to see where we are going,” remarked the mayor Michel Angers. “A giant step has been made on the direction that we have decided to give us. There are a couple of years, we spoke of different things.”

“In the context of the former schema, we had several independent municipalities and several urban sectors different,” recalls Stephanie Lajoie, city planner with the City. “As we unpacked the planning scheme in view of the unified territory, we tried to connect our urban areas to have a single zone, as much as possible.”

The mayor cited the example of economic development, whose strategies have changed a lot in the last twenty years. The niche diversification and the shift to entrepreneurial permeate many more priorities of today.

“We’ve gone from one way to another, from one social situation to another,” says-t it. “Our paper is also much more collaborative. When the twelve municipalities are trying to agree on a schema with the different realities of the three cities and nine municipalities, I guess it should not be simple. In addition, at the turn of the years 2000, the concept of sustainable development was variable-geometry. We cared a little less friendly than today.”

Broad guidelines
The horizon 2018-2030 must be organized around the 22 strategic projects that will adhere to seven major directions. It’s about identity, community, economy, mobility, consumption, the environment and safety.

As an example of questioning, Mr. Angers has spontaneously cited the residential development around the lake of the Batteries, a concern expressed repeatedly by residents over the years.

“Our first concern is to keep the water intake for the next 100 years,” says the mayor. “There will be no choice wild development that could lead us taxes, but that, in ten or twenty years, we would regret having done development without have to think about it. The development scheme clarifies these things.”

To the April 25, Shawiniganais will receive, by mail, the summary of the second draft of the land use planning and sustainable development. They will be able to prepare for the consultation meeting, which will be presented a month later. They could send their comments by 5 June.

The City had already carried out a public consultation before the adoption of the first project, in July 2014. The document was then forwarded to the ministry of municipal Affairs and land Occupancy, in which observations have stained the writing of the second draft.

“We made a few additional studies, including sector plans, such as the development Plan of the agricultural area”, underlines Élise Ménard, head of the licensing division, urban planning and environment Department planning and development of the territory. “We have reworked the major assignments in response to comments from the ministry.”

Despite the advancement of the process, Mr. Angers ensures that the consultation of may 29, keeps all its importance, beyond the legal obligation of the organize.

“Our goal is to present the result of the work of the last four years”, is it. “We want to also hear the comments. We will not do a consultation can. We want to know if it sticks to the reality of the people, to their perception and if it is in the right direction.”

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