Mayor Steve Lussier says he is “sensitive” to the demands of the Regroupement de Boisés de Sherbrooke to see Sherbrooke become a model for sustainable development. But he believes that this objective can be pursued through the application of the development plan and the Agricultural Zone Development Plan (PDZA), both of which contain measures promoting sustainable development.
The Mayor says that he has read the Regroupement’s letter calling for a “clear, short-term and long-term vision” of the City with respect to environmental issues, particularly with respect to protected areas (see other text).
“I totally agree with the idea of preserving as much territory as possible,” he said, “but we already have tools at our disposal to make it happen. So let’s start by applying them. Moreover, at the price that the layout plan has cost us, let’s start by using it, “he said.
Asked if he agreed with the Regroupement’s recommendation that the City preserve 12% of its territory in protected areas, the Mayor preferred to give the example of certain American states that have adopted policies regarding protected areas.
“What I would like to see is some day in what happens in Vermont and New Hampshire, where people, when they die, leave their land for protection in perpetuity. I think it’s a beautiful avenue that deserves to be considered. ”
That said, the mayor says he is ready to discuss the proposals that elected officials will want to make about the lake-to-shoulder environment. “If there are things to change in the way of seeing development, I am very sensitive to that. The important thing is that we discuss and agree together, “concluded the Mayor.