Cradled between hills and rivers


(available in French only)


Following public consultations, the resolution below was adopted on June 9th 2015 by the majority of Council members

Resolution regarding an application for the authorization to use lots 5B-RG3 and 15B-RG6 of the Township of Onslow for purposes other than agricultural (storing of FRM)

WHEREAS the results from the public consultation and the concerns raised by part of the local population regarding the project for storing fertilizing residual material (FRM) on lots 5B-Range 3 and 15B-Range 6 of the Township of Onslow;

WHEREAS it has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the positive outcome of the project would outweigh the negative impacts it could cause;

WHEREAS the demonstration of impact regarding increased traffic of heavy vehicles in the neighbourhood, caused by this activity, has not been done;

WHEREAS the local agricultural community, which has been active for decades, has not shown the need to have this use to ensure the sustainability of its activities;  

WHEREAS the Municipality wishes to develop recreation and tourism activities by supporting, for instance, the Chat Falls Project located in the same North/South axis within a distance of less than 2 km;           

AND RESOLVED not to support the project even though it does not violate the local zoning by-law 177-01 as mentioned in section 13 of the application form for the authorization from the Quebec Agricultural Territory Protection Commission (CPTAQ).

Posted June 10, 2015





Document (available in French only at this time) filed by Bélanger Agro-Consultant during the public consultation on April 8, 2015 (Fertilizing Residual Materials). Citizens can submit comments by May 13, 2015 to: labrie.dominic@municipalitepontiac.ca (2024 route 148, Pontiac (Québec) J0X 2G0).

Posted Apr. 13, 2015


Municipal Council’s position on this project

Municipal Council has not yet ruled on this project. For now, it is the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) who is considering the application of the land developer. Should the project be authorized by the CPTAQ, the municipality could intervene to minimize impacts on the neighborhood, by requiring, for example: that the Fertilizing Residual Materials are stored so as not to contaminate water and air and that the application is done over a certain period of time, at a certain distance from residences and waterways, etc.

Currently, the Municipal Council is in listening mode and our Planning Department  is evaluating ways to regulate these kinds of activities. Citizens who oppose the project should direct their comments to the Government of Quebec (local MNA, CPTAQ, Minister of the Environment, etc.).