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The Planning Act and development (RSQ Chapter A-19.1) provides that the MRC should proceed to develop a scheme which is a regional land use planning and development planning.

The MRC is responsible for work on the development and revision of the five land use planning and development. The scheme must meet several guidelines established by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMROT).

Following approval of the development plan and development by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMROT), the MRC ensures that the planning regulations of each municipality is consistent thereto. As regards the territory of the Haut-Richelieu, the pattern ofPlanning and Development revised (AERS) came into force June 25, 2004.

You can access the regulations to enact the development plan and development of the Haut-Richelieu (PDF format) by clicking on the links below. Regulation 371 is the resolution adopting the development plan and revised development and entered into force June 25, 2004 and subsequent regulations have amended it thereafter. It should be noted that digital documents have no legal value.


The development plan and revised development (AERS)

Part 1

Part 1 is the main regional characteristics, the broad guidelines of land in a sustainable development perspective and the concept of regional planning and development.

In the chapter on regional characteristics, agricultural areas and tourist sectors are identified, the outlook for population and households are presented, the poles of industrial development are established, a portrait of the characteristics of commercial development is drawn up, distribution facilities and public services is made and finally, the two major urban areas of the territory are identified. These main regional characteristics, the MRC established principles of regional decision-making for each design element addressed to ensure compliance with portraits, challenges and opportunities for growth set out in this part.

Regarding the broad guidelines of planning, this chapter outlines the findings and issues for each topic, objectives and means of implementation including action plans that the MRC hascided to adopt to achieve the goals it has set. Mean subject:
  • Management uses non-agricultural related uses and development of agricultural production.
  • Management uses within sensitive areas (floodplains, riverbanks, coastal erosion zones).
  • The management of resort areas (riparian areas in a case of public infrastructure, community safety and protection of residents).
  • The recreational and tourism development (establishment of multipurpose recreational trails).
  • Integrated management of urban (areas outside the diffuse urbanization perimeter, the perimeters of urbanization, industrial sectors and cities of the MRC).
  • The highway management, transportation of people, infrastructure and equipment to local character.
  • The protection and enhancement of forest resources in agricultural areas.

Finally, the concept of regional planning and development, meanwhile, offers a vision of regional planning and development by retaining the power lines on which a planned development can be realized.

Part 2

Part 2 shows the provisions for land use and urban planning. It presents the major uses of the territory such as the agricultural zone (green zone), the perimeters of urbanization (white area), areas of stress (erosion zone, flood zone, pipeline, sources 'drinking water, waste disposal sites, etc..) territories of interest (historical, ecological, archaeological, heritage attractions, etc..) organization of transport (road, transit, rail, bicycle, aeronothing, sea), equipment and regional infrastructure and specific use areas (priority development areas and riparian buffer zones in agricultural areas). Finally, in this part, there is also the action plan and estimated costs of various equipment and facilities proposed intermunicipal, means of implementation modalities and part on the findings following the public consultation.

Part 3

Part 3 (the supplementary document) sets out the regulations to be taken into account by the planning regulations of the municipalities whose territory is included within the MRC.

Overall, the control part, by standards, practices, structures and building permits within the Agricultural Trust, the Trust resorts, recreation and conservation assignments, assignment and industrial areas of interts green. The document imposes additional measures to shore, the coast, the floodplain, areas of erosion, areas with specific purpose, establishes minimum standards for subdivision and the provisions relating to the installation of wind turbines and other .

To access the development plan and other documents: 1 It should be noted that digital document has no legal value.

The AERS and regulations ofurban municipalities of the territory

Following the entry into force of this program, municipalities have two (2) years to comply with it. They have an obligation to incorporate the substantive provisions of the supplementary document in their own planning instruments and to identify their local territory respective areas of assignment, the territories of interest, areas of stress, etc.. found in Part 2 (provisions relating to development and urban planning scheme).

Whenever a municipality amends its planning regulations, the Act on Planning and Development (UFG) requires transmission to the MRC to verify compliance with the AERS.

The interim control regulations of the Haut-Richelieu
The interim control allows an MRC restrict or regulate the reAccomplishments new subdivision projects, construction or new land uses for the revision of the development plan or a modification thereof. The interim control allows projects that would undermine the significance of the new guidelines and rules of development and planning being définies.Il is a unique power that allows the council to declare a freeze on Planning and development of certain parts or all of its territory for a limited period of time thus giving him time to clear the main lines of development on its territory.

You can access the interim control regulations of the Haut-Richelieu (PDF format) by clicking on the links below. It should be noted that digital documents have no legal value.

For more information or have any questions about these topics, please contact Caroline Roberge, head of planning and development in the Haut-Richelieu.