New bylaw could let homeowners rebuild on fringes of Gatineau Park

By Kimberley Molina, CBC News Ottawa, August 9, 2018

Residents in the Pontiac are conflicted over a proposed bylaw change that would allow private property owners to renovate, enlarge or even rebuild houses that fall inside or along the borders of Gatineau Park.

Around 25 residents turned out to a public meeting Wednesday night to find out more about the amendment, which would affect only residential, single family homes.

Right now, property owners aren't allowed to make more than minor fixes to their properties and even if a home has to be demolished, they are often only allowed to build on its exact footprint.

"I still think there's a clear and present danger to the park in terms of residential development," said Jean-Paul Murray of the Gatineau Park Protection Committee.

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