MONTREAL, Feb. 21, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Projet Montréal strongly denounces mayor Denis Coderre's desire to abolish municipal public consultations on real estate development projects through bill 122. "If the bill goes through, major real estate and industrial development projects will no longer be brought before the OCPM for public consultation", said Valérie Plante, leader of the Official Opposition at City Hall.
Bill 122 includes a provision to abolish popular consultations on real estate development projects. Without the possibility of such a vote, Article 89 of the Charter of the City of Montreal – which allows the city to call upon the OCPM to conduct a public consultation, instead of submitting the project to a popular vote – will become irrelevant. Montrealers will therefore no longer have a voice on small and medium scale development projects in their neighbourhoods, as well as public consultations on major residential, commercial and industrial projects.
"If the bill is adopted in its current state, the City and the boroughs will no longer be able to demand that developers submit their projects to public consultation. For large scale projects, this signals the end of public consultations as we know them in Montreal. It's a very serious issue", added François W. Croteau, mayor of the Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough.
Projet Montréal will voice its concerns before the Commission de l'aménagement du territoire and the Commission des relations avec les citoyens, at the National Assembly, in Quebec City.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Opposition officielle à l'Hôtel de Ville de Montréal
For further information: Marc-André Viau, Attaché de presse, Opposition officielle à la Ville de Montréal, 514 872-1108 / 514 245-6838, firstname.lastname@example.org