July 4 2019: Public meeting in Vaudreuil regarding proposed implementation of a special planning zone in the flood plain

2019 Spring Floods – Special planning zone (SPZ)

Public meetings
The Québec government would like to hear from people and organizations wishing to express their views on the draft order at the public consultation meetings to be held on July 4, 2019. Briefs can also be forwarded to zis2019@mamh.gouv.qc.ca until July 4th 2019.

A public consultation meeting will be held at 7 pm on July 4th 2019 at:
Château Vaudreuil Hotel & Suites
Pavillon principal
21700 Route Transcanadienne
Vaudreuil-Dorion (Québec) J7V 8P3

The major floods that occurred in the spring of 2019 in several regions of Quebec affected more than 250 municipalities, flooded thousands of homes, forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people and led to the closure of several roads.

In light of these events, the government has adopted a draft order  to declare a Special Planning Zone (SPZ) to ensure the better management of flood-prone areas. Consult the 2017-2019 flood zone mapping perimeter of the flooded territories in 2017 or in 2019 to know if you are affected by the SPZ

The objectives of the SPZ are to:

  • ensure the safety of persons and property;
  • promote rigorous management of flood zones;
  • impose a moratorium on the construction and reconstruction of buildings located on the territories covered by the SPZ, until the development of a new normative framework by the government and its implementation by the municipalities;
  • ensure the consistent application of the Protection Policy for Lakeshores, Riverbanks, Littoral Zones and Floodplains throughout the  flooded territory.

Once the draft order is adopted, the Act Respecting Land Use Planning and Development provides for a prohibition to build, rebuild and repair a building in the affected areas. However, it is possible to allow exceptions. To this end, a decree was adopted to authorize certain repairs to the buildings affected by the floods of 2019.

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Click on the links below to access additional documents, all available in English:
Questions and Answers about the draft order
SPZ fact sheet