CMQ to hold hearing on Wakefield, Quebec zoning change

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by Trevor Greenway on September 16, 2010

A public hearing to determine whether La Peche was within its right to change the zoning of a parcel of land in Wakefield, Quebec, from residential to industrial, for the construction of a light industrial park will be held Sept. 21 at the Masham Community Centre.

The Commission Municipale du Quebec (CMQ) is looking at the issue to determine if the municipality followed due process in changing the zoning of land on the west side of Hwy 105, directly across from Beausoleil Home Hardware.

The zoning of the land was changed from residential to industrial in late June, with the municipality proposing to build a light industrial park at the La Peche boundary, just south of Wakefield. Concerned residents such as Peter Everett of Wakefield objected to the zoning change, saying that the municipality didn’t follow procedure.

“The group feels that the modifications of the zoning were not done the way they were supposed to,” said Everett. “They weren’t done properly.”

Everett thinks the zoning change by the municipality must be questionable, since the province has scheduled the hearing.

“I don’t think they schedule hearings automatically,” he said.

But news of the hearing has been subdued, and even Wakefield councillor Louis Rompre hadn’t heard of it.

The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Masham Community Centre at 40 Ch. Passe Partout.