MONTREAL, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - "The Association provinciale des constructeurs d'habitations du Québec (APCHQ) is very concerned about the consequences that the Plan métropolitain d'aménagement et développement (PMAD) may have on the residential construction market in Greater
Montréal, particularly regarding access to property and to a decent
home. This is why the APCHQ is calling on the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) to revise the parametres of the region's urban development plan.
The major issues stemming from this plan must be studied in more detail
and in collaboration with all stakeholders."
This was the message given to the media by Marc Savard, general manager
of the Montréal Home Builders Association at a press briefing about the
CMM's urban development plan (PMAD), which is supposed to be adopted in
its final form by December 31. The plan will be submitted to public
hearings starting next week.
Based on a detailed analysis of the property stock still available in
Greater Montréal, the APCHQ has concluded that if the PMAD were
implemented in its current form, within 20 years, the quasi-totality of
municipalities in Greater Montréal would have no building sites
available for new residential construction. Land scarcity is already a
major issue, with the MRCs of L'Assomption and Thérèse-de-Blainville
already almost at the brink of a shortage.
The APCHQ believes that, despite a realistic effort of densification,
roughly 110,000 households will have difficulties finding a home within
the Greater Montréal region over the next two decades. This represents
about one-third of estimated demographic growth.
Single-family dwellings only for the wealthy?
"It is reasonable to state that the adoption of this Plan would mark the
beginning of the end of construction of single-family dwellings in
Greater Montréal, even if our study shows that the majority of
households still want to live in this kind of home," said Mr. Savard.
"In fact, only the wealthiest members of society would be able to
purchase single-family homes."
Another perverse effect of the scarcity of land is the expansion of the
phenomenon of urban sprawl, which is contrary to the PMAD's objectives.
By restricting urban development in the CMM's outlying municipalities,
buyers (young families in particular) will turn to municipalities
beyond the CMM's borders, where the supply of available land is much
The APCHQ's solution
"The solution proposed by the PMAD is a territory-wide freeze and a
sudden densification of the current urban perimetre that doesn't take
into consideration households' needs and the market's ability to
conform to this new reality," said Mr. Savard. "In our view, there is a
more realistic solution that takes the population's needs into greater
consideration. This solution is linked to a better balance between
densification and the addition of land for residential construction."
The APCHQ has examined and evaluated different options to better balance
supply and demand, while keeping in mind objectives like environmental
protection and sustainable development. In light of the APCHQ study's
results, the indisputable solution resides in better land use in
Greater Montréal, where land currently isn't being used in an optimal
At present, close to 60% of the CMM's territory is zoned for
agriculture. Of this area, the equivalent of 2½ times the Island of
Montréal is currently unused land. "The APCHQ proposes the progressive
use of just 5% of this vast unused land, in keeping with current
development. When taking demographic trends into account, this would be
sufficient to meet the need for urban space for the next 20 years,"
said Mr. Savard.
About the Montréal Home Builders Association
The Montréal Home Builders Association was founded in 1950. Its members
include close to 4,000 builders and renovators working in the
residential sector and who are based in the Greater Montréal region.
Its mission is to promote the professionalism of its entrepreneurs and
to defend their interests. This regional association is part of the
APCHQ, which was founded in 1961. It plays a leading role in the
construction and renovation industry, and contributes to promoting a
prosperous housing market in Quebec. The APCHQ is the largest
association of entrepreneurs in Canada, with 17,000 members across 15
regional associations throughout Québec.
SOURCE ASSOCIATION PROVINCIALE DES CONSTRUCTEURS D'HABITATIONS DU QUEBEC (APCHQ)
For further information:
| Source: |
| Marc Savard |
Montréal Home Builders Association
(514) 354-8722, ext. 222
| Information: |
| Serge Vallières |