Monday, July 15, 2024
Editorials

Property owners in Gatineau Park deserve rights

A regular refrain in this province is that business and property owners are burdened with unnecessary red tape.
For a local example, look no further than those who own land in Gatineau Park.
Municipality of Pontiac property owners whose land is located in the park might be getting some welcome relief from the municipal council.
Council is looking at implementing two draft bylaws that would help the municipality deal with non-compliant property owners and allow landowners to renovate their homes.
Under the existing bylaws, landowners are very limited in what they can do in terms of construction and renovation on their homes.
Homeowners in the Gatineau Park exist in a strange state of pergatory when it comes to government regulations.
Although they live in a federally-regulated park, it’s not a national park. Nor is it a provincial park. But they also live in the Municipality of Pontiac, where they pay taxes.
All this confusing government jurisdiction talk is enough to make the most active citizen’s eyes glaze over.

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