By Robert Frank
Laval municipal election hopefuls from the Mouvement lavallois (ML) party have threatened to conduct their own public hearings, if the city refuses their demands.
“Laval has to file a revised urban development plan by March 12, 2014,” David de Cotis, who represents ML in St. Bruno district, Emilio Migliozzi, of Fabreville district and ML spokesman Marc Demers said in a statement.
“So it’s only reasonable to hold hearings as soon as possible, so we won’t have to start the process after upcoming elections in November, when only four months will remain for the city to adopt new regulations,” they pleaded.
“The current development plan dates from 1989,” they claimed, “and the 2006 draft revision hasn’t been approved yet by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.”
The statement contended that ten different green advocacy groups “working for the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development” want the city to convene public hearings.
“Laval has changed a lot since the last consultations were held in 2004, but not necessarily for the better.”
“Mouvement lavallois firmly believes in its prospects of forming the next city government,” they concluded.
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