However, the mayor allowed councillor Félio to make comments about the content of the plan, describing some of his concerns, some of which seemed legitimate in my view, such as changes to zoning assignments not reflected in a previous version of that plan, publicly discussed last fall. Councillor Choinière expressed her concern that citizens affected by those changes are not informed.
All this discussion about that plan by the city council left me with the impression that the process of the plan's development, review and approval is somewhat shaky, if not quite inept. Contrary to what seems clearly stated in that meeting's agenda, that plan was simply not proposed by any member of council for approval at Monday's council meeting. The whole discussion concluded with nothing.
I really have no idea what the city administration or the municipal council will now do about that plan, given that council neither made a decision nor gave any direction about it during Monday's meeting.
Mayor Guibord has often claimed expertize in the administration of municipal infrastructure. Well, here we have a crucial strategic plan describing a 20 years projection of the Clarence-Rockland urban area which, based on its presentation and discussions on Monday, seems to be going nowhere. Clearly that points to a lack of leadership on Guibord's part. He does not seem to know (or care) how to go about successfully managing the development of a fundamental plan dealing with city infrastructure, to its approval and implementation by the municipal council. I hope that the city chief administrative officer, Pierre Tessier, will know how to advise the mayor in properly managing this key issue guiding the long term development of the city.
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