GATINEAU – Some Gatineau residents who saw their homes destroyed by spring flooding will be able to rebuild, thanks to an exemption from the province.
Gatineau City Council had been seeking a waiver for home-owners who had their homes demolished to rebuild, despite being in zero-to-20 flood zones, and on Monday, the city says the exemption from the Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy was granted.
City officials say the exemption will prevent “de-vitalization” of existing neighbourhoods, by allowing people to rebuild.
The waiver concerns homes on Jacques-Cartier and Moreau Streets, as well as Riviera Street and Hurtubise Boulevard.
In the coming days, the city will be reaching out to property owners affected by the decision.
Some 541 homes were evacuated in the spring floods, and as of the end of October, the city of Gatineau had issued 110 demolition permits, as well as 232 renovation permits.