Public consultation required before Zone 501 zoning changes

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Since last fall when a local outfitter first made a request to have Zone 501 of the TNO zoned commercially to allow him to build a camp on Lac Pepin the Council of Mayors have repeatedly expressed their opinions about the matter:  some are in favour, citing promoting tourism and improving the economy, while others are against commercially re-zoning an area that has been free to the public since 1977. Many fear the new zoning could open the door for an individual to obtain exclusive rights in the area from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), despite being told
otherwise by MRC employees and the Warden.
Although the issue was not on the
agenda at the Council’s recent meeting (see page 2), when asked, Pontiac Warden and Mayor of Fort-Coulonge Raymond Durocher said that following a discussion at a Plenary Committee meeting, the mayors are taking their time to consider the issue and are awaiting additional information before voting. He said a final vote could be held as early as the next meeting on September 29.
This is a very important issue, one that requires input from the many stakeholders. Yet, aside from media reports about what hasn’t occurred behind closed-door or
in-camera sessions, the public has been poorly advised about what is being
discussed, including those who currently have leases or established hunting
territories in Zone 501 and who have made considerable investments to maintain roads and stock lakes. Undoubtedly, some are unaware the zoning of the area is even in question. 
Why haven’t they been informed
and asked their opinions? What does
commercial zoning mean for them? If passed, will anyone be able to apply for a lease in the zone? These are all questions left unanswered.
Why hasn’t a consultation been held where the public, the interested outfitter(s), the mayors, MRC Pontiac employees, and the MNR get together to clearly indicate and discuss all of the details and
implications of zoning the area
commercially? A similar-style meeting is being held in October concerning fire
safety where all parties with an interest in the issue will be able to express their views and collaboratively decide on an approach.
Why is this issue being treated
differently? A petition was started during hunting season last year and received
hundreds of signatures in just over a week. It’s about time these people were invited to the podium. Why not hear from the public, the people our elected officials are
supposed to represent, before signing the dotted line concerning an area some
mayors have never set foot on? Doesn’t that seem like a more reasonable approach as opposed to blindly jumping on the same old tourism horse which has been flogged for decades without many solid results?
Allyson Beauregard, Editor