MONTREAL, May 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Office de consultation
publique de Montréal announces today that it will hold an important
public consultation on the draft Montréal Development Plan (MDP).
The MDP outlines the major proposals set out by Montréal for the next 20
years. The consultation will provide a forum for sharing orientations
and the ensuing vision, and for examining strategies and priorities to
foster Montréal's development.
The Office de consultation publique is therefore calling for vast
participation in a thought process and exchange of ideas on the future
of our city and the themes presented in the Plan. The first step
consists of a series of information sessions to allow interested
citizens and groups to begin a reflection process leading them to
develop informed opinions on various aspects of the Plan. They will
then have the opportunity to present those opinions to the commission,
which will be hearing them on September 4.
The information sessions will begin on June 3, and will all be webcast.
The Office Website will also provide an opportunity to participate, via
a questionnaire that everyone is invited to fill out.
The activities will be held at the Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield
Street (Peel Metro Station). Prior registration is required, at ocpm.qc.ca/inscription-pdm, except for the first presentation on June 3.
June 3 Presentation of the MDP
Presentation of the process
Presentation of the MDP
Public question period
June 4 Montréal's leadership as a metropolis
We can all agree that Montréal is home to a number of economic command
centres, and to many groups and individuals whose activities set the
tone for what is done in their field, not only in America, but
throughout the world. This is what makes Montréal a metropolis.
Montréal would like to strengthen its leadership as a metropolis. This
can be accomplished through municipal engineering and public property
development interventions, and through concrete forms of support for
the human dynamic that characterizes Montréal: small businesses,
cultural life, the social and solidarity movements, the social economy,
What kind of leadership do we want to develop in Montréal? How do we
finance our plans and expectations?
The nature of Montréal's leadership
The financial framework required for our plans and expectations
June 5 Living well in a compact city
In addition to being recognized for the vitality of its neighbourhoods,
one of Montréal's strengths is the concentration of its population: 60%
of that population resides within 15 kilometres of the city centre,
leading to a great variety of available services. Incidentally, the
city's infrastructures are in dire need of modernization.
The Ville de Montréal wants to take advantage of every opportunity to
improve the quality of life in its neighbourhoods and provide
Montrealers with an environment promoting health and social and
demographic diversity. There is an ever increasing interest in living,
working and playing close by.
What types of development and densification would allow the realization
of that objective? What links should be established between employment
and residential zones? What can be done to ensure an adequate housing
supply, notably for families, young people and seniors? What place
should be accorded to green spaces and public places? What should be
made available in terms of public transit and local services? How do we
reconcile Montréal's growth with heritage enhancement? What can be done
to support and strengthen the creative momentum of the metropolis?
The compact city: density, diversity, housing and access to services
Heritage protection and cultural life
June 6 Economic development and transportation
Montréal, a major port city and rail freight transportation hub, also
serves as an industrial, commercial, financial, cultural and university
Although it is already well engaged in the new economy, Québec's
metropolis must continue its transition in that respect, notably by
supporting its promising companies and focusing on innovation. The
Ville de Montréal aims to foster optimal conditions for the mobility of
persons, goods, and ideas, while ensuring the quality of its
development and economic centres.
The ongoing or anticipated modernization of a good number of its major
infrastructures and the ever increasing traffic problems it will
generate could be seen as an opportunity to increase the use of public
and active transportation to and from areas most affected by
construction and surveying activities.
Economic centres and urban projects
Towards integrated transport of goods
June 12 The future of Montréal's natural heritage
Montréal possesses rare qualities for a city of its size, notably
because it comprises significant green spaces, a mountain, large nature
parks, a river, and the latter's shores. It thereby provides access to
nature at a reasonable distance from its central areas. Moreover,
numerous local groups are working to make Montréal greener in the
everyday management of its various areas, and notably waste, energy and
rain water management.
The Ville de Montréal plans to devote sustained efforts to tree planting
and protection, and the preservation of natural environments of
interest. It also plans to works on enhancing public areas, greening
neighbourhoods, and setting up additional paths for pedestrians.
What challenges will Montréal have to face to combat heat islands, and
to adapt to climate changes and the extreme events that accompany them?
How can we ensure that our natural assets are maintained and augmented?
What can be done to reconcile Montréal's development with the
responsible management of its resources?
Protecting, increasing, and enhancing the natural heritage
Adapting to climate changes
All available information on the program may be obtained at the offices
of the OCPM, 1550 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1414, and at the Direction du
greffe at City Hall, 275 Notre-Dame Street East. The documentation is
also available on the Office Web site, at www.ocpm.qc.ca.
SOURCE: Office de consultation publique de Montréal
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