Open rebellion on the law of “zero net artificialization” (ZAN), a device which aims to stop the concreteization of soils by 2050. While the president of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Aura), Laurent Wauquiez, declared that he would not respect this program in his region, Olivier Véran, the government spokesperson, and other politicians, condemned this political exit.
“If he does not respect the law, I hope that there will indeed be sanctions,” Olivier Véran declared on BFMTV on Sunday.
The latter was very critical of the regional president LR. Olivier Véran mocked a man who “ tomorrow perhaps aspires to be president of the Republic » and who tells you: “ I’m not going to respect the law because I don’t like it. Tremendous! ».
Environmentalists also condemn Laurent Wauquiez’s decision
“You cannot be an elected representative of the Republic and evade the laws passed by Parliament, that does not exist”, for her part, tackled the President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet on France Inter and franceinfo .
And the Macronists are not the only ones to have been opposed to Laurent Wauquiez’s decision.
“It’s really demagoguery at all levels,” reacted again on Franceinfo on Sunday Pierre Hurmic, mayor (EELV) of Bordeaux, regretting “this type of very short-term policy” because it “prepares days which will be extremely hard”.
A land preservation law, which is debated
There are numerous criticisms against Laurent Wauquiez’s decision, because the ZAN is at the center of current ecological policies. As a reminder, the latter aims to halve, by 2031, the consumption of natural and agricultural spaces compared to the previous decade, until reaching “ zero net artificialization » by 2050. And since the Climate and Resilience law, adopted in 2021, it is up to the regions to set an objective for reducing land concrete, by distributing the reduction effort between the different zones of their regional perimeter, territorial coherence plans (Scot) at department level, up to local urban planning plans (PLU) and municipal maps.
An ambitious law, seen as “ ruralicide » by the president of the Aura region.
« Putting building permit decisions on rural areas under cover means that we are denying ourselves any form of future. », declared on Saturday at the congress of the Association of Rural Mayors of France (AMRF) before announcing the refusal of his region to follow this law. “ If people come to us it is precisely because there is a little space, otherwise what are our chances? “, he added, reproaching Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne for “nnot having kept his promises ».
In July, faced with mayors’ concerns, relaxations were voted on in relation to the 2021 text, notably the creation of a ” rural guarantee », a right to build of at least one hectare, allocated to the municipalities, and mutualizable with others. Major projects of national scope will also be counted separately. Gestures from the government, which ultimately did not convince the regional president LR.
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