Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, met with Alfred-Plantagenet Township Mayor Stéphane Sarrazin and Angela Coleman, general manager for the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC), during the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association Conference (ROMA) in Toronto January 20.
They discussed ways to streamline the development approvals process for public shoreline along the Ottawa River and cut through some of the bureaucratic red tape that hampered local efforts to rebuild shoreline infrastructure damaged by the spring 2017 and 2019 flooding of the Ottawa River.
Much of the Ottawa River shoreline in the Alfred-Plantagenet area is listed as Carillon Lands. These lands are under an easement with the Québec government even though the Ontario government administers and controls.
The bureaucratic situation surrounding the Carillon Lands portion of the Ottawa River shoreline created delays and uncertainty for the township and private landholders with efforts to repair and rebuild shoreline infrastructure on both municipal and private property following the floods.
Thompson, Sarrazin and Coleman talked about ways to improve the development approvals process for the Carillon Land area to avoid future difficulties with rebuilding efforts should flooding happen again in the future.