Consultation report on the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough chapter of the city plan and on the draft conformity bylaws aligned with the urban plan bylaw

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Office de consultation publique de
Montréal (OCPM) today made public the consultation report on the
Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough chapter of Montreal's city plan and on the draft
conformity bylaws aligned with the urban plan bylaw. Office chairperson,
Louise Roy, indicated that this is the first time that elected borough
officials ask to submit the strategic plan for a complete public examination
by the Office. In itself, this action is worth highlighting. About
50 residents took part in the information meetings, nine persons spoke and six
briefs were presented. A lot of information on the choices proposed was
presented to the Commission and to the public by the borough via the Office's
web site.
    For the Commission, the Pierrefonds-Roxboro area presents critical assets
for the local community and for the future of all of the Island of Montreal,
in way of conservation of the natural environment as well as residential and
commercial development. The area holds one of the last large sections of land
to be developed. Reiterating some of the comments expressed during the
meetings, the Commission has sought to position the borough among the leaders
in sustainable development.
    The commissioners' main recommendation concerns the importance of
creating a particular urban plan for the western sector of the borough. The
ecological value and the strong potential for development in this sector raise
environmental, economic and social questions that merit a closer examination.
The Commission also noted that the means of transportation to be favoured for
this sector represents a challenge and that a sudden development could make
vehicle traffic worse on borough streets and throughways. Moreover, the
commissioners believe that increased cooperation with neighbouring
municipalities and boroughs would help optimize the decisions taken.
    The Commission recommends that the borough chapter of the city plan be
adopted with certain amendments, especially concerning the west sector of
Pierrefonds for which the Commission recommends that the existing zoning be
maintained until such time as a special urban plan can be adopted. The
Commission also recommends that guidelines on the balance between employment
and housing units be included in the detailed plan as well as guidelines on
sustainable development. The Commission also identified some special cases
which were closely examined for bylaw amendments.
    Finally, the Commission generally feels that a borough chapter of the
city plan and the amendments to zoning bylaws should not the included in a
single consultation. The plan offers a vision of the future, an orientation
and major development policies while zoning bylaws touch on concrete measures
affecting the area's urbanization. It would be therefore better to hold
separate public consultations on these measures.

    The consultation report is available on the Office de consultation
publique web site ( Hard copies are also available at the
Office headquarters at 1550 Metcalfe Street, suite 1414 (Telephone:
514-872-3568). An English version of the report will be available in the next
few days.

For further information:

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

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