PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Updated October 5, 2017

Mandate

The Planning and Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, or PSDAC, is composed of elected members of council, municipal employees and volunteer citizens who all have in common a desire to improve the quality of life and development in Chelsea.  The Committee represents an important intermediate between the taxpayer and council.  It provides recommendations to Council on matters concerning land use planning, including:

  • Minor exemption requests
  • General development plans
  • Preliminary subdivision proposals
  • Site planning and architectural integration programmes
  • Protection and enhancement of the natural environment
  • Requests to amend the Planning By-laws

The Land Use Planning and Development Act specifies that a planning and advisory committee must be composed of at least one member of council and a number of members whom it determines.  The committee is also made up of citizens.  Municipal civil servants from the Planning and Sustainable Development Services also play a key role in assisting members of the committee and take part in the PSDAC meetings but they are not considered members and have no voting privileges. (Consult the By-law).

 

Procedure

Applications must be filed with the Planning and Sustainable Development Services.  Given the unique nature of each request, no fixed timetable can be provided.  Factors that influence the speed of processing an application may include:

  • The type of project, its size and complexity
  • The number of pending applications
  • Ability to provide complete information

Steps involved in the application process:

1.  Filing of application:  In order to study a request, all relevant information and documents must be provided.

2.  Pre-analysis:  The application shall be reviewed and based upon the nature and complexity of the project, it may require to be presented beforehand to other departments/committees for their opinion, for instance:

  • Public Works and Infrastructure Department
  • Natural Resources Advisory Committee
  • Recreation, Sports, Culture and Community Life Committee
  • Fire Department

3.  Recommendation of other departments/committees:  If needed, following the outcome of the pre-analysis (expect additional lead-time).

4.  Receipt of additional or revised information to complete the analysis:  All other information or documentation deemed necessary to have a better understanding of the project (expect additional lead-time).

5.  Submission to the PSDAC:  Once the application is deemed complete, a detailed report is prepared for the PSDAC.  The application is then assessed by members of the PSDAC who will issue a recommendation to Council.  We will contact you when a date is set to present to the Committee.

6.  Council decision:  A draft resolution is submitted to council for a final decision.  We will contact you when a date is set to present to Council.

 

Members

The PSDAC members include:

Elected members of council

  • Yves Béthencourt, Chair and Ward 6 Councillor
  • Simon Joubarne, Ward 1 Councillor

Members of the community

  • Benoit Delage
  • Nicole Desroches
  • Kay Kerman
  • Hervé Lemaire
  • Bruce Macdonald
  • Carrie Wallace
  • Richard Wallace

Municipal employees from the Planning and Sustainable Development Services

  • Maria Elena Isaza, Director
  • Michel Beaulne, Section Head - Inspections and Permits
  • Nicolas Falardeau, Coordinator
  • Hélène Cyr, Executive Secretary

 

Timetable

Next PSDAC meeting:  December 6, 2017 

Committee meetings are held monthly on Wednesday nights in the basement boardroom of the Chelsea Library, located at Town Hall.  The public assembly begins at 6:45 pm.

Here are the 2017 meeting dates as well as the deadlines to file a complete application shown in brackets.  Notwithstanding, additional delays are likely when an application requires further analysis before it is presented at a future date.

  • December 6, 2017 (November 24th)
  • The 2018 meeting dates will be publish in December... 

 

Archives

 

Contact us

For more information, send an email to CCUDD or call the Planning and Sustainable Development Services at (819) 827-6210.

 

Vacancy on the PSDAC

The Municipality of Chelsea is seeking applications from citizens interested in filling a volunteer position on the PSDAC for a term of two (2) years, with possibility of renewal.  The Committee usually meets once a month in the evening (5:30 pm) on the first Wednesday of each month.

We seek citizens who have a desire to be a part of a committee that focuses on maintaining and improving the quality of life for Chelsea’s residents.  The recommendations issued by the PSDAC allow Council to benefit from the involvement of elected officials and citizens, on the merits of their own experiences in the municipality and their specific concerns for the development of the territory.  All applicants must be residents of Chelsea at least 18 years old and be able to communicate effectively in French and English (oral & written).

If this opportunity interests you, submit your application by email to CCUDD taking care to include a cover letter and other relevant documents, in which you outline your skills, expertise and work in the fields of urban planning, architecture, design or engineering that show distinctive advantages to serve on this committee.

Following the receipt of applications, the selection committee will select a new member and the appointment shall be approved by Council.