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Land Use Planning Horror Show: Quebec is tired of the same old film

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At a time when the Quebec government is holding a National Conversation on Land Use Planning, Quebec's environmental and land use planning stakeholders are sending a clear message: it's time to make drastic changes in our land use planning practices and regulations.

Urban sprawl over farmland and natural areas, unfettered commercial expansion, the proliferation of highways and parking lots, the destruction of our built heritage... For decades, there has been a lack of government consideration and oversight with regards to urban sprawl and its serious consequences on our environment, health, safety and collective well-being.

Quebecers are tired of the same old bad movie

To better illustrate the many different land use planning issues in Quebec, Équiterre, Vivre en Ville, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Nature Québec, Mouvement Ceinture Verte and Greenpeace have launched La série noire sur l'aménagement du territoire [Land Use Planning Horror Show]:12 striking examples of poor land use planning decisions that have seriously affected our communities, our heritage, and our natural and agricultural environments, with parallels to equally terrifying old horror movies.

To learn more about these examples and why we need to make sure that they are never repeated, have a look at La série noire sur l’aménagement du territoire [Land Use Planning Horror Show].

Upcoming public consultations

Équiterre and our partners will be participating in the public consultations to help create a national vision for land use planning and to encourage policy makers to bring about systemic changes.

You can participate in these public consultations as well!

We must avoid repeating mistakes of the past with regards to land use planning, prevent socio-environmental damage and strengthen our collective resilience.