Muslim cemetery: the City provides clarifications
The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion wishes to provide a few clarifications regarding the project aimed at building a Muslim cemetery on land located in an agricultural zone.
- First off, this project will be realized only if the Commission de la protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) accepts the request of the applicant, who is the owner of the Les Placements Cadillac lots. Therefore, it is currently not possible for a cemetery to be built on this site.
- This particular project was undertaken almost four years ago. Following the initial request for amendment to the City’s zoning by-law made in 2016, the City requested additional information from the applicant. It was not until 2018 that a new zoning amendment request was filed with the City with a view to building a Muslim cemetery on a portion of these lots. Given that the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cemetery is located on the adjacent lot, the City deemed that it would be best to group such facilities in the same location.
- The agricultural advisory committee (which includes farmers) and the MRC’s regional urban planning table are in agreement with the request to change the revised land use and development plan—a plan that is under the responsibility of the MRC and which the City’s urban planning by-laws must conform to. This particular land was never cultivated and has no possibility of being cultivated given its topography and certain constraints present.
- There are still several steps that need to be taken. Even if a positive response is obtained from all levels of government, the project would only see the light of day in 2020.
- The only connection between the lot targeted for the hospital and the one targeted for the Muslim cemetery is that both are located in agricultural territory. In the case of the hospital, the CPTAQ and the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC) have already rendered their decision and refused dezoning of this lot located in an agricultural zone. On June 28, 2018, the Liberal government had, for the purposes of the project aimed at building the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital, adopted a decree authorizing that the lot located on Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard near highways 20, 30 and 40, which had not been farmed in at least 20 years, be used for non-agricultural purposes.