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Revised territorial development plan

The revised territorial development plan is an essential tool to guide planning and development of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges territory. It provides a framework that encompasses the actions of different stakeholders by outlining guidelines and expectations from the government and those contained in the Plan métropolitain d'aménagement et de développement (PMAD) of the Montréal Metropolitan Community (CMM).

Adopted by the MRC council, the territorial development plan is:

• a knowledge tool that is, easily accessible for elected officials and citizens, which provides information about specific problems and major socioeconomic and physical characteristics of the territory of an MRC;
• a coordination tool that reflects the discussions and agreements between municipalities, the MRC, the metropolitan community and the government;
• a useful implementation tool that lists timelines, partners and the various modalities to accomplish priority regionalof projects.

In general, the territorial development plan is used for several useful reasons, including:
• establishing a consensus among municipalities regarding intermunicipal and regional issues (ex: the Regional Park of the Canal de Soulanges and Mont-Rigaud);
• reconciling regional and gpvernmental guidelines and projects (ex: the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project);
• integration of perspectives related to socioeconomic development and environmental equilibrium (ex: the Politique de protection des rives, du littoral et des plaines inondables and the Politique de l'arbre et des boisés);
• territorial planning to increase the standard of living (economic development), the enhancement of living environments (social and cultural environment) and quality of life of communities (natural and built environment);
• developing a set of guidelines for development to be met by municipalities adopting plans and planning regulations in accordance with the guidelines.

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The territorial development plan must contain:

major directions for territorial planning, which present guidelines for the development of an MRC, translating the strategic vision and the important decision-making role;
broad territorial spheres of usage (ex: urban, industrial, recreational, agricultural, etc.);
urbanization perimeters within which it is intended to encourage urban expansion and progress;
planning guidance and land uses that the MRC considers appropriate to ensure compatibility of urban development and planning standards with the objective of promoting the priority use of soil for agricultural purposes and, in this context the harmonious coexistence of agricultural and nonagricultural uses (ex: the parameters for determining separation distances against the inconvenience caused by odors resulting from certain activities);
• areas where the land is subject to special restrictions for reasons of public safety (ex: floodplains, areas at risk of landslides or contaminated land, etc..), or for reasons of environmental protection of banks, shorelines and floodplains;
parts of the territory of interest for historical, cultural, aesthetic or ecological reasons (ex: heritage buildings and wildlife habitats) that require special protection measures of protection;
• the organization of land transportation, and to this end, the nature of infrastructures and major equipments, their location, the main improvements required and theprojected establishment of infrastructures and facilities, including their approximate location;
circulation lanes whose, current or projected presence, in a given location, subjects the land nearby to major restrictions in terms of safety and public health or regional welfare;
• the nature of existing or planned infrastructures and equipment and where they are or will be located (ex: power transmission lines, cable systems, pipelines, etc);
• a document establishing the rules to be followed by municipal planning regulations and supported by development interventions of the plan (ex: the criteria for the introduction and integration of architecture, rules pertaining to signage, applicable standards for flood zones, etc.);
• approximate costs of intermunicipal infrastructures and equipment being proposed;
action plan outlining the steps for implementing the plan, associated partners and the means forseen to facilitate the coordination of their activities;
methods and conclusions of the consultation, including the reasons for agreement and disagreement motives expressed by the individuals and the organizations consulted.

For more information on the territorial development plans, please visit the website of the ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et Occupation du territoire.

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