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What is CCU? – Don’t forget April 4!

30 mars 2011

Remember! The next council meeting will be held April 4, 7:00 pm at the Community Center Louis Renaud, 270 Canton Road, in the Saint-Philippe sector.

At the last council meeting, there has been much discussion of the CCU, which is the Comité consultatif d’urbanisme in French or Urban Planning Committee. The Web site of the Ministry of Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation des territoires (MAMROT) gives a description here (in French) and in a document dating from 1990, but detailed and still relevant since it referred to on the MAMROT’s Web site: Comité consultatif de l’urbanisme – Son rôle, ses tâches.

We learn in the last mentioned document that:

… the Urban Planning Committee is an ideal tool to better accommodate the needs of the population.

The Planning Advisory Committee is a working group composed of residents appointed by the council to provide advice on urban planning. The Planning Advisory Committee is thus distinguished from a « council committee » consisting solely of municipal officials, and a « citizens committee » whose objective is to put pressure on the council.

The tasks of the CCU may relate to the planning, zoning regulations, subdivision and building regulations, regulations relating to heritage sites and historical monuments. The committee could also be involved in the establishment of facilities and infrastructure, the development of regulations on traffic and regulation on pollution, the study of economic development issues, the development of embelishment campaigns,  advising on toponimy, helping in population’s awareness through the preparation of fact sheets on promotional planning.

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