MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - This afternoon, the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal shared its views during public
consultations on the urban development plan of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM): the Plan métropolitain d'aménagement et de développement (PMAD). "After 10 years of waiting, it is high time the metropolitan
area have a development plan," said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO
of the Board of Trade.
"Some find the plan too restrictive, others not enough," Mr. Leblanc
said. "As far as the Board of Trade is concerned, the proposed plan is
an effective compromise. In our 33-page brief, we make recommendations
for improving the plan, but our message is clear: the Board of Trade
supports the PMAD, its mission and its objectives. The PMAD finally
provides a predictable environment for developers and establishes rules
for the years to come."
"As an organization dedicated to economic development and good
governance, the Board of Trade clearly supports the orientations of
this plan," Mr. Leblanc said. "The PMAD will make it possible to
increase the density of urban development and thereby reduce sprawl as
well as infrastructure costs and the resulting productivity costs. The
congestion on the city's road network alone is a compelling argument in
favour of adopting the development plan. Plus, this document gives the
metropolitan area a global vision, something the Board of Trade has
long been calling for."
"The study of best practices in North America presented in our brief
confirms that this plan is a solid foundation to providing a framework
for the region's development for the next five years," Michel Leblanc
said. "We also suggest some minor adjustments in our brief to help
protect industrial spaces and improve the alignment between the CMM and
"To succeed, the PMAD must be quickly adopted by the CMM, supplemented
by an effective action plan and governed by independent monitoring
mechanisms; it should receive the attention necessary from the
Government of Québec and be flexible enough to achieve the full
potential of economic development in the area in the years to come,"
Mr. Leblanc said. "Decision makers must take note of the extent of
mobilization in the city in favour of this project."
The Board of Trade's complete brief is available in electronic format
at: www.ccmm.qc.ca/memoire-pmad2011 (in French only)
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community
of Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants, and
businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help
them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity
and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private
economic development organization.
SOURCE BOARD OF TRADE OF METROPOLITAN MONTREAL
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