The ASM releases its brief concerning the Plan métropolitain d'aménagement et de développement

WESTMOUNT, QC, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Plan métropolitain d'aménagement et de développement (PMAD) adopted on April 28 by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal's (CMM) Council will have an impact on the lives of Montreal agglomeration residents. The plan was designed with a focus on three main objectives: access to services and public transportation, increased density within urban areas in the CMM, and protection of the environment, including agricultural land.

The registration period for public hearings on the PMAD closed on September 2, 2011, and 389 citizens and organizations expressed their intention to participate in the consultations.

The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) submitted a brief to the CMM. The brief points out several considerations specific to the Montreal agglomeration, which is particularly affected by urban migration and traffic congestion. It also describes problems associated with land use that exceeds its population growth rate, the dispersion of its residential neighbourhoods and jobs, a gradual saturation of its road network, as well as the pressure exerted on agricultural land and natural resources.

If certain options in terms of land use planning and development are not quickly eliminated, the area's attractiveness and the quality of life of residents in ASM member municipalities and the entire metropolitan region could be affected. Specifically, the ASM is proposing strategies to consolidate land, promote sustainable mobility, equip the region with efficient access infrastructure, provide innovative and comprehensive living environments, and protect and enhance our natural areas.

The decision was made to not directly participate in the consultations since the CMM was only going to allow the ASM 10 minutes to present its brief and answer questions from CMM representatives. While we understand the CMM's efforts to hear all participants and the inherent limitations of this type of exercise, the ASM believes that it would have been unable to adequately present its recommendations within the time allowed. We are confident that CMM representatives will fully grasp the recommendations presented in the written brief submitted and will contact the ASM for any additional information required.

The ASM represents 15 cities, other than the city of Montreal, which are located on the island of Montreal.

You can view the brief by clicking on the ASM banner on the  City of Westmount's website  www.westmount.org

SOURCE Association of Suburban Municipalities

For further information:

Mr Peter F. Trent
Mayor of the City of Westmount
President of the Association of Suburban Municipalities
Telephone: 514-989-5240

Mr Philippe Roy
Mayor of the City of Mont-Royal
Telephone: 514-734-2910

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