Land Use Planning and Development
Spatial planning is at the basis of the MRC’s creation. The development and updating of a development plan is one of the first mandates issued to the MRC by the Quebec government, in the early 1980s. This was followed by a series of new regional mandates.
The mission of the MRC’s staff is to carry on the implementation of the development plan, to ensure follow-ups and offer recommendations on problematic files before they are submitted to the “Comité d’aménagement de développement économique”, to be reviewed at the Conseil de la MRC.
The management and development plan is a valuable planning tool that directly affects the living environment of the land users. It not only establishes the guidelines for the development of the territory, it also designates specific vocations for different sections of the territory.
In addition, it identifies areas of constraints for land use, areas of interest, as well as equipment and infrastructures of regional or inter-municipal character. The urban plans and planning regulations of all the MRCs should recommend these elements and encourage their application on their territory.