Urban Planning Advisory Committee
Governed by the Act Respecting Land use Planning and Development, the Urban Planning Advisory Committee (UPAC) has the mandate to deliver opinions on applications it receives in matters of urban and land-use planning, including:
- Applications for minor exemptions from the by-laws;
- Applications for approval of plans through the Siting & Architectural Integration Plan (SAIP) process; and
- Applications for changes to the zoning, subdivision, building, and permits and certificates by-laws.
The members of the UPAC are chosen for their expertise in urban planning, architecture, heritage, or any other discipline that might guide and support the municipal council in its decision-making.
The UPAC allows the municipal council to benefit from the contribution of citizens and elected officials, who bring to the table their experience and specific concerns regarding land-use planning. The UPAC thus brings citizens closer to urban planning issues.
Any project request must be submitted to the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspection Department. The project will then be evaluated by the members of the Urban Planning Advisory Committee, who will then make their recommendations to City Council.
A permit may be issued after the municipal council approves the project at a subsequent public meeting.
The UPAC is made up of: