Public consultation regarding Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan



    MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Office de consultation publique de
Montréal (OCPM) begins its consultation tomorrow on the Mount Royal Master
Protection and Enhancement Plan (the Plan). At its meeting on February 25
last, the city council gave the Office the mandate to hold consultations
concerning the Plan and the draft by-law amending the complementary document
to the Montréal Master Plan to allow its implementation.
    According to the City of Montréal, the Plan is largely based on
consensuses stemming from the work of the Table de concertation du Mont-royal.
The Table comprises the boroughs that are partly located within the boundaries
of the historical and natural borough of Mont-Royal, as well as the City of
Westmount, major institutions that hold property on Mount Royal, and
associations that have an interest in the mountain.
    Mount Royal is one of the city's main green lungs as well as a venue for
relaxation and get-togethers for Montrealers. In addition to the large park we
all know, it also holds several cemeteries, private residences, and the
buildings of several of Montréal's major knowledge and health institutions. In
that context, it is often difficult to reconcile its many uses, while ensuring
that this unique space will continue to benefit futures generations. It is
with this in mind, and in light of the Plan and of the consensuses of the
Table, that the Office undertakes its consultation work, which will allow the
people concerned to familiarize themselves with all documentation pertaining
to the project, including the Plan, the draft by-law, and the consensuses
reached by the Table.
    The first information session will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18,
at 7:00 p.m., in the Grand Salon B of the Hôtel Hyatt, at 1255 Jeann-Mance
Street (Place-des-Arts Metro). The meeting will begin with a short talk by
Mrs. Helen Fotopulos, responsible for Mount Royal on the City of Montréal's
executive committee and mayor of the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal. A
representative of the Table de concertation sur le mont Royal will present the
work of the Table and its conclusions. Lastly, City representatives will
present the draft by-law under consideration as well as the Plan. Afterwards,
citizens in attendance will be given the opportunity to ask questions about
the various presentations.
    A second series of meetings, in the form of thematic workshops, will
begin on March 25. The workshops will address various themes, such as the
protection of natural environments, the protection of built environments,
views and landscapes, access to Mount Royal, and the management of the
mountain.
    In the following weeks, starting on March 23, citizens and groups wishing
to do so will be allowed to present their opinions to the commission in the
form of written or oral briefs. The calendar of the meetings and technical
information about them are presented at the end of this press release. Lastly,
over the course of the consultation, the OCPM will make available on its Web
site and distribute hard copies of a questionnaire aimed at the general public
to encourage widespread participation in the consultation.
    The Office commission responsible for this exercise will the made up of
three commissioners, including Office president Louise Roy, who will chair the
commission. At the end of the consultation, elected officials will review the
opinions of Montréal residents on the major orientations that should guide the
protection and enhancement of the mountain. At the dawn of this major
democratic exercise, Ms. Roy invites Montrealers to attend in order to learn
about the health of Mount Royal's ecosystem and the challenges involved in
protecting it given the pressures it faces, such as real estate development
and automobile circulation, and thereafter to take a position regarding its
protection. Ms. Roy will be assisted in her work by two ad hoc commissioners
of the Office: Mr. Jean Burton, a biologist, and Mr. Louis Dériger, an
engineer specializing in the environment and in landscape architecture.

    
    Calendar of the Meetings
    ------------------------

    March 18   7:00 p.m.  Information session
                          (Presentation of the overall plan)
                          Location: Hôtel Hyatt Regency, Grand Salon B
                                    1255 Jeanne-Mance Street;
                                    Place-des-Arts Metro

    March 25   7:00 p.m.  Thematic workshop
                          Protecting and enhancing natural environments
                          Location: Hôtel Hyatt Regency, Salon Alfred-Rouleau
                                    1255 Jeanne-Mance Street;
                                    Place-des-Arts Metro

    March 27   7:00 p.m.  Thematic workshop
                          Protecting built and managed environments
                          Location: Hôtel Hyatt Regency, Salon Alfred-Rouleau
                                    1255 Jeanne-Mance Street;
                                    Place-des-Arts Metro

    March 31   7:00 p.m.  Thematic workshop
                          The protection of views, landscapes and landscaping

               1:00 p.m.  Thematic workshop
                          Management of the mountain
                          Location: Office de consultation publique de
                                    Montréal
                                    1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th Floor,
                                    Peel Metro

    April 1    7:00 p.m.  Thematic workshop
                          Access, to mount Royl and available services
                          Location: Hôtel Hyatt Regency, Salon Alfred-Rouleau
                                    1255 Jeanne-Mance Street;
                                    Place-des-Arts Metro

    April 23   7:00 p.m.  Session for the presentation of briefs
                          Location: Office de consultation publique de
                                    Montréal
                                    1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th Floor;
                                    Peel Metro
    

    All relevant information and documentation pertaining to the consultation
are available on the Web site of the Office at www.ocpm.qc.ca. If you have any
questions, please call the Office at 514 872-8510. Complete hard copies of the
file are also available at the Direction du Greffe de la Ville de Montréal, at
275 Notre-Dame Street East, Ground Floor (Champ-de-Mars Metro) and at the
offices of the OCPM, 1550 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1414 (Peel Metro).
Furthermore, copies of the draft by-law and Mount Royal Master Protection and
Enhancement Plan, as well as flyers about the consultation, are available at
the Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa, 41 Saint-Just Street, borough of Outremont,
at the Bibliothèque du Mile-End, 5434 Parc Avenue, and at the Bibliothèque et
maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, at 5290 Côte-des-Neiges Road.




For further information:

For further information: Luc Doray, (514) 872-3568, Cell.: (514)
977-8365


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