Under the Land Use Planning and Development Act, Quebec municipalities must adopt and maintain an urban plan. In 2017, the MRC d'Argenteuil undertook a major modification of its planning and development plan in order to maintain government orientations in urban planning management, particularly the orientation aimed at periurban territories. This modification has a significant impact on the territory since it introduces a new approach for the territories located outside the urban centers (like Montreal). These changes, including the introduction of the ecological network at the regional level, led the Township to revise the Urbanism Plan.
The Township of Gore is 93.86 km2. It is inhabited by 1965 permanent residents (MAMH, Population Decree 2018). In addition, there are seasonal residents whose number is estimated at about 1350. The Township of Gore is one of nine (9) municipalities in the territory of the MRC d'Argenteuil. While the City of Lachute assumes a role as a regional hub, particularly in terms of businesses and services, the Township plays a role of local service pole according to the concept of space organization of the MRC d'Argenteuil.
In summary, in the territory of the Municipality we find:
- Concentration and saturation of development around lakes;
- The presence of a natural environment and quality landscapes;
- The important role of the private forest for the ecotourism trail network;
- The very small number of retail stores and services (a future convenience store at the Braemar / 329 corner);
- Residential and / or resort areas on lots below regulatory standards (Grace Park, Lac Chevreuil sector);
- No electricity service in the northwestern part of the territory;
- A limited presence of recreational tourism activities (La Ferme Kerr tourist lodge 1907);
- An absence of agriculture, but present demand for light activities;
- Stakeholder interest in forms of non-timber forest exploitation;
- Stakeholder interest in food and energy self-sufficiency;
- An interest of the actors for modes of minimalist dwellings;
- Stakeholder interest in innovative sustainable development projects;
- A strong and engaged community environment, but with the potential to be diverse and potential to meet more local needs.
Issues relevant to urban planning
The natural environment
- Knowledge and protection of wetlands;
- Preservation of the confinement area of white-tailed deer;
- Management of the water quality of lakes and rivers;
- Awareness of environmental impacts of shoreline works;
- Preservation and enhancement of panoramic views;
- Protection and education of biodiversity in the natural environment;
- Introduction of new forms of non-timber forest exploitation (ENLF);
- Resilience and protection capacity of natural environments;
- Presence of the ecological network.
The residential and resort function
- Planning and control of resort development (spreading, construction phases, architecture and tax return of projects);
- Consolidation of residential densities to offer housing close to services;
- Supervision of complementary activities that may cause nuisances, such as home-based businesses, small farms and pet care;
- Demand for new forms of complementary activities that can lead to nuisance, but respond to the desire for self-sufficiency;
- Development respectful of the natural environment;
- adaptation of the built environment adapted to the needs of the aging population;
- Health issues in some residences;
- Territory management according to the sectors of restriction, consolidation and development.
The commercial function
- Location of potential retail businesses in respect of the residential and resort environment;
- Quality of settlements along main roads and especially along Route 329;
- Consolidation of commercial activities in the Cambria / 329 / Braemar sector (NC-1 zone);
- Growth and supervision of homework;
- Growth and supervision of activities complementary to housing and of a commercial nature;
- Consolidation of services and commercial activity to promote a local offer for the residential sector.
The agricultural function
- Establishment of small farms in the respect of the resort and residential environment;
- Control of the impacts of agriculture on the natural environment;
- Diversification of the scope and type of complementary agricultural activities
- Development of the agricultural heritage;
- Food self-sufficiency of the residential environment through complementary agricultural functions.
The forestry function
- Recognition of the economic value of the forest and respect for the right to produce in accordance with the respect of the function of resort of the territory;
- Supervision of logging in a perspective of sustainable development of the forest;
- New forms of non-timber forest exploitation (ENLF).
Industrial function and extraction
- Control of sand and gravel pits (acquired rights);
- Knowledge of the resources of the subsoil;
- Integration of small or semi-artisanal enterprises in rural areas.
The recreational and touristic function
- Conservation and expansion of the snowmobile trail network;
- Development of a network of recreational trails (cross-country skiing and hiking) in harmony with the environment;
- Establishment of recreational tourism businesses respecting the environment;
- Control the network and tracks of all-terrain vehicles (ATV).
- Maintenance and adaptation of the services offered to the permanent and resort population;
- Promotion of the participation of community groups and lake associations in the provision of recreational services and facilities;
- Offer in services to young families (playgrounds, daycare);
- Provides targeted services in sectors with the most needs;
- Consolidation of the housing offer with the offer of services;
- Planning access to services during residential development;
- Integration of a home and municipal composting strategy.
- Control of the impact of extraction activities on the environment (aesthetics, dust, noise, road wear);
- Location of binding uses on the territory;
- Control of land use near the high voltage transmission line.
- Preserving the qualities of the landscape, lakes and wetlands;
- Location of structures that may have a negative impact on the landscape such as telecommunication antennas, private antennas and wind turbines;
- Architecture adapted to the rural character and resort of the territory;
- Restoration of exhausted sand and gravel pits
- Preservation and enhancement of the buildings of interest (St. Paul's and Holy Trinity Anglican Churches and Cemeteries, St John's Anglican Cemeteries, West Gore and Dixon Family, Kerr Farm, 11 Rodgers Road House);
- Protection and support of the resort landscapes
The road network
- Improved directional display considering the growth of homework and the growth in delivery vehicle traffic that follows;
- Maintenance of the safety and comfort of users of the road network (maintenance, repair, modification of geometry and improvement of drainage on certain sections);
- Management of truck transportation related to logging and extraction activities and the costs it generates for the maintenance of municipal roads;
- Management of residential development and opening of new roads (development and construction phases).