Sisters of Charity land rezoning: QS apprehends an impending decision by the CAQ

Apprehending an imminent decision to rezone agricultural land from the Sisters of Charity of the Beauport sector, Québec Solidaire (QS) is launching a popular campaign to put pressure on the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“The association of QS in Jean-Lesage is preparing a mobilization citizen,” announces the local elected, Sol Zanetti, in interview with Le Soleil. “We had leaflets in all the surrounding neighborhoods. […] We will continue to increase the pressure. “

Quebec City had presented a first development and development plan in 2018, he recalls. In particular, this allowed Groupe Dallaire to erect some 6,500 dwellings on some 211 hectares of fields. Freshly in power, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) had however demanded that the City rework its project. What she did, without changing the rezoning portion of farmland Beauport.

Team Labeaume’s Executive Committee adopted the new document in May. The Agglomeration Council voted in July.

A copy was sent to Minister Andrée Laforest, explains Audrey Perreault, communications advisor at the town hall. “The entry into force […] is foreseen at the latest 120 days following the reception […]. Thus, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH) has until November 4, 2019 to decide. ”

Sol Zanetti expects the minister to settle soon. And, he wants to tip the scales. “I’m optimistic that we have a listening ear.”

The time would have come for the people who favor the preservation of farmland to come forward, he said.

“We will create in Quebec a huge neighborhood that will be dependent on the automobile,” he pleads. It would be better to transform the Laurentian Highway into a boulevard and take advantage of it to densify the downtown area; there, potential residents could use public transit and take advantage of existing infrastructure.

Public meeting

Québec solidaire invites citizens interested in the debate to a public meeting on September 18, 7 pm, at the Charlesbourg campus of Cégep de Limoilou . The political party also asks sympathizers to write to the minister ( ).

It should be noted that the Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec is also against the rezoning of the Sisters of Charity lands.

If it nevertheless happens that the wish of the City of Quebec is granted by the national government, it will normally be necessary for the Agricultural Land Protection Commission to decide in its turn.

It should be noted that the Development and Development Plan rejected last year did not only target the lands of the Sisters of Charity. It provided for the total de-zoning of 567 agricultural hectares in the agglomeration of Quebec, as reported by colleague François Bourque.

The 2019 version of the project, which we consulted, has not been modified in this regard. The City wants to expand its “urbanization perimeter of 712 hectares, of which” 567 are in agricultural zone, 162 in the territory of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and 405 in that of Quebec “.

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