Mount Royal consultation - General public invited to weigh in



    MONTREAL, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - In its consultation on the Mount Royal
Master Protection and Enhancement Plan, the Office de consultation publique de
Montréal (OCPM) is seeking to obtain the opinions of as many Montrealers as
possible about the future of the mountain. To that end, the Office will have
an information stand at the chalet at Beaver Lake on Sunday, March 30, 2008,
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., allowing citizens who use the mountain to review
documents submitted for the consultation, to speak with Office staff on site,
and to complete the questionnaire issued last week, which is also available on
the Office Web site.
    The questionnaire, handed out at thematic workshops on more specific
issues of the Plan, may also be filled out at the public meeting for the
presentation of briefs, on April 23. Aimed at gathering citizens' views on
some of the issues surrounding the development of Mount Royal, it is also
available for completion on social networking sites, such as Facebook, and
includes a space reserved for citizens' comments.
    "The Office wants to circulate as widely as possible the information
about the mountain's protection and enhancement plan, and is therefore making
it possible for Web surfers to complete the questionnaire on line, for users
of the mountain to obtain information on site, and for experts and groups to
have a more formal forum to be heard. Because everyone concerned about the
mountain does not dispose of the same tools to be heard, it is our job to go
to them and provide them with a wide range of such tools," says OCPM President
Louise Roy.

    The main issues addressed in the plan submitted for consultation are:

    - The protection of green spaces, plants and animals;
    - Automobile circulation and parking;
    - Access to the park and activities;
    - New constructions and facilities;
    - The protection of views and landscapes.

    The questionnaire may be completed on line at www.ocpm.qc.ca, from
March 20 to April 20, 2008. The answers will be compiled and provide a basis
for the discussions of the commissioners responsible for the consultation.
    Thematic workshops will be held until April 1 on some of the more crucial
aspects of the Plan, and briefs may be filed at the offices of the OCPM on
April 23, as of 7:00 p.m.

    Created by the Charter of Ville de Montréal, the OCPM has, since its
inception in 2002, managed some 60 consultations and held almost 300 public
meetings attended by over 15,000 citizens. We invite you to visit the OCPM Web
site, www.ocpm.qc.ca, for complete information about the Office. You may also
call the Office at 514 872-3568.




For further information:

For further information: Luc Doray, (514) 872-3568, Cell.: (514)
977-8365; Catherine Escojido, Cell.: (514) 927-8807


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