The municipalities have the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the following regulations:
- the MRC's Interim Control By-law 2009-206, which establishes protection measures for lake shores, riverbanks, littoral zones, and floodplains throughout most of the MRC's territory (see below);
- Provincial regulation Q-2, r. 22 respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellingss; please click here to view this by-law.
As is stated on the Gatineau Valley MRC Website, this by-law establishes protection measures for lake shores, riverbanks, littoral zones, and floodplains and is applicable to the municipal territories of the Gatineau Valley MRC with the exception of the territories of the City of Maniwaki and of the drainage basin of Heney Lake within the municipalities of Gracefield and Lac St Marie. This by-law has been in force since 21 August 2009 following its approval by the Quebec Ministry of Municipal, Regional, and Territorial Affaires.
The purpose of the by-law is to modify the MRC development plan to include protection measures for shores, littoral zones, and flood plains in accordance with the latest provincial policy on this matter entitled "Policy for the Protection of Shores, Littoral Zones, and Flood Plains".
- To view the English version of this By-law, click here.
- To view a summary of the By-law, click here.
Reminder of certain provisions
- All structures, undertakings, and works that might destroy, change, or alter the vegetative cover of a lakeshore or riverbank; that might expose the soil through filling, backfilling, or burning on the ground; or that might affect the stability of the lakeshore or riverbank or encroach on the littoral zone are subject to prior authorization.
- No structures, undertakings, or works are allowed on lake shores and riverbanks unless authorized in accordance with article 4.3 of the by-law.
- Notwithstanding what might be permitted under the by-law, all activities related to vegetative control, including lawn mowing, the cleaning of brushwood, the felling of trees, and the spreading of fertilizer are prohibited on the shore.
- If the shore is not vegetated, measures must be taken to re-vegetate the area with brush cover and/or herbaceous plants within twenty-four (24) months of the date of entry into force of this by-law which was 21 August 2009. Accordingly, amongst other measures, lawn mowing on the shore will be prohibited as of 21 August 2011.
- For the purposes of interpreting this by-law, the term shore refers to a strip of land bordering an aquatic zone and/or watercourse which extends inward on the land from the high water mark. The width of the shore to be protected is measured horizontally. This width is 10 meters where the slope of the shore is less than 30% or where the slope of the shore is greater than 30% but the shore has a bank that is less than 5 meters high. The width of the protected area is 15 meters where the slope of the shore is continuous and greater than 30% or where the slope of the shore is greater than 30% and the shore has a bank over 5 meters high.
Obtaining a Permit
Permits required in accordance with the By-law must be obtained from the municipalities:
Obtention d'un permis
Pour obtenir les permis requis en vertu du présent règlement, il faut s'adresser aux municipalités :
telephone: (819) 463-2261
As stipulated in 9.7 of the Interim Control By-law N° 2009-206, any complaint regarding the non-observance of the regulations provided under this By-law must be addressed to the Director General of the municipality where the offence has been committed. A complaint may be sent directly to the Director General of the Gatineau-Valley Regional County Municipality.
To submit a complaint, you can download an electronic complaint form by clicking here. This form can be filled on screen and saved on your computer. The completed the form can be submitted in either of two ways:
1. Send the form plus any related photos by email to the applicable municipality and/or the MRC
2. Imprimer et poster le formulaire à la municipalité concernée ou à la MRC :
|Municipality of Blue Sea
10, rue Principale
P.O. Box 99, Blue Sea (Quebec)
|Municipality of Messines
70, rue Principale
|MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
7, rue de la Polyvalente, P.O. Box 307
Your support for the protection of our environment is greatly appreciated, thank you!