Management of public land
comes under the Department. It constitutes
a strategic role to the degree that land is the cornerstone of economic,
social, and environmental activities. Therefore, as the province's
representative, the Department promotes the development and versatile
use of land and natural resources.
Working to develop public land covering more
than 1,500,000 km² means seeing to the
development of Québec's regions and the well-being of
its communities. Based on the policy for supporting local and regional
development, the Department has opted to privilege a management-by-delegation
formula to regional authorities. This formula offers the advantage
of being able to adapt public land management modes to regional features
in order to maximize the contribution of public land to regional development.
From this perspective, the management delegation program for intramunicipal
public land promotes the economic development, consolidation, and
revitalization of the regions and local communities.
Areas of Application
Intramunicipal public lands are Crown property
located within municipal limits. They constitute a specific management
and resource-development problem mainly because of their reduced
area and, in certain cases, the fact that they are enclaves in privately
owned land, which impedes access.
In order to respond to the needs of local
and regional communities, who are asking to take part in the decisions
related to the management and development of their areas, the Department
proposed a new management approach for intramunicipal public land.
This approach makes it possible to transfer to interested regional
county municipalities (RCM) the responsibilities and powers related
- Integrated development planning for the territory;
- Land regulation;
- Land management;
- Forest resources management;
- Management of protected natural environments.
Delegated management presupposes regional consensus
on assuming management and development of intramunicipal public
land. It is formalized through a territory management agreement.
The expertise of the Department with respect
to delegating public land management can be shared with any government
or organization interested in optimally developing its public land
with an eye towards regional development.