(Sutton) Select a planning regulations modification system which can lead to the opening of many records is a complex process, but such approach allows citizens to vote on each of the proposed changes, argues Mr. Louis Beland.
In argument on the legality of the process, the prosecutor of the city of Sutton extensively reported Tuesday the many actions taken by the municipality to adopt regulations of zoning and subdivision 254 and 256. Notice of motion, public opinion, consultation public, records requests to open, keeping, they all meet the planning and development Act (LAU), he assured. The process is however “complex,” said the lawyer. “But that is what dictates the law,” he added.
Opt for this approach, added Mr. Beland, however, gives citizens the power to request the opening of records on changes they do not endorse. No other process permits in the LAU offers such a possibility, has he pointed to Francis Toth judge of the Superior Court at a hearing at the Cowansville courthouse.
During an overhaul of the planning program, one register is open and it concerns all the provisions of the new plan, said Mr. Beland. The lawyer went there an example where a city would propose a series of standards in its new urban plan for the environment, but also help in an isolated area to open a landfill. Neighbors of the future site in question, even if they approve environmental measures, would be torn, he said. “I will be in favor of such standards but not the dump. I should vote against all the (planning), “has he said, putting himself in the shoes of a citizen.
Split citizen acceptance process by considering each area represents a more democratic approach that holding a single register, believes Mr. Béland, repeating a view expressed during the trial by Réal Girard, director of the planning department of the city architect and the process adopted by the board. “The board wanted them (citizens) leave to participate in these decisions,” he said in reference to the proposed amendments.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Beland exhibited a series of maps comparing the zoning and subdivision before and after the changes made by the council. There was no “radical change” at most “marginal”, he concluded.
It is wrong, he said, to talk about replacement regulations, as do the opponents. The changes concern some boundaries of protection zones of average altitude and rural, but they are minor.
Benoit Galipeau, representing 24 citizens who question the approach of the City, will hold its reply to the argument of Mr. Béland tomorrow at Cowansville. Toth judge will then take the case under advisement.