Magog addresses downtown relaunch in virtual public consultation
By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative
More than 100 Magog residents took part in the city’s virtual public consultation meeting on Tuesday to discuss the downtown’s distinctive character and style, the height and density of its buildings and the potential for rental sites. short term like Airbnb.
“There were general explanations for everyone and after that the citizens were divided into rooms with moderators to exchange ideas. These were constructive discussions. All the participants had the chance to express themselves,” declared the Mayor of Magog, Nathalie Pelletier.
According to the mayor, this is the most successful public consultation in recent memory. The last consultation brought together around sixty participants, she explained, noting that it is difficult to attract citizens to these meetings. Tuesday’s consultation lasted more than two hours.
Pelletier told The Record that she was also part of the consultation, along with all members of city council and many members of the city’s administrative team. But while they were present in each of the chat rooms, she said they were meant to be observers, not active participants.
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