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  • What is land use planning?

    Land use planning is the organization of a community on its territory and the result of this organization. Land use planning at the scale of a MRC is governed by the Act Respecting Land Use Planning And Development while the guidelines, policies and legislation of the government serve as a guidance. In a period of continual change, it is important to organize, plan and find solutions for development that takes into account the well-being of the community in agreement with the population. The land use and development plan is the tool designed to describe the territory of a MRC, follow the government's development guidelines and know the main development issues of the territory of the MRC. The Land Use Plan can be downloaded below.

    Land use planning may use regional control standards. Through an interim control by-law, an MRC can then appoint additional requirements and provisions on the zoning standards of local municipalities. Such regulation becomes useful when the MRC Council wishes to act quickly on the territory. Current regulations can be found under the Interim Control By-law (ICR) tab.

    Consult the List of Committees for information on the Land use implementation committee.

  • Municipalite Tres Saint Sacrement Mrc Haut Saint Laurent


The Planning and Development Act (1979) led to the creation of MRCs throughout Quebec. The latter were created to respond to the need for consultation and regional collaboration in order to solve planning problems that went beyond the administrative boundaries and areas of jurisdiction of local municipalities. One of the main mandates and one of the primary responsibilities of the MRC Council is the development and adoption of a Land Use Plan that plans the spatial organization of the territory from the elements that make up the natural and built environment. That Plan also defines the guidelines for the organization of elements that may be considered of intermunicipal or regional interest, according to the objectives pursued by the municipalities.

A revision in 2000

While the first-ever Land Use Plan came into effect on October 7, 1987, a revision began in 1992. The review was part of major provincial legislative changes that had a clear impact on the planning and the development of the territory of our region (municipal mergers and amendments to the Act respecting the protection of the land and agricultural activities, also called the "Right to Produce Act"). This first revision of the development plan is characterized by the protection and development of the territory with strong agricultural potential, the recognition of the function of the hamlets (in agricultural territory), the encouragement of the development of the industry both by the protection of the territory and by strengthening commercial and industrial concentrations, the development of tourism, notably in the agro-forestry sector, and improving the quality of life of citizens through better management of spaces and especially urbanized areas .

A work in progress

As provided in the Act Respecting Land Use Planning And Development, the plan must be revised every five years following the date of its coming into force. The next plan will incorporate a strategic vision statement of cultural, economic, environmental and social development aimed at orchestrating all the skills of the MRC. The third generation of plan will allow elected officials to better plan and develop the territory using several tools. This experience will foster the emergence of better-quality living environments for the citizens of the Haut-Saint-Laurent.

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