Developers were allowed to get around zoning laws on Nuns' Island for years: auditor

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A City of Montreal auditor general's report says property developers were given free rein to circumvent zoning regulations on Nuns' Island over the years.

The new mayor of Verdun, meanwhile, says his borough is taking steps to make sure that situation never happens again.

Jean-François Parenteau says two former bureaucrats in charge of urban planning in the mid- and late-2000s were re-assigned to other bureaus, while a third was cleared of wrongdoing by an internal inquiry.

Parenteau says new staff were hired in February, with tighter controls in place to prevent any more cozy relationships between city managers and developers.

"It's not buddy-buddy now," Parenteau says. "It's more professional."

Parenteau says the borough intends to recover the $1.5 million cost of unjustified zoning permits.

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