Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal

August 18, 2006 08:50 ET

OCPM Makes Public its Report on Percival Molson Stadium Expansion Project

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2006) - The Office de consultation publique de Montreal made public today the report of the commission that reviewed the draft by-law pertaining to the expansion of McGill University's Percival Molson Stadium. The stadium's prime tenant, the Montreal Alouettes football team, is asking for 5,000 additional seats and changes to stadium entrances.

The Office received the consultation mandate at the city council meeting on April 24, and conducted hearings that ended on June 14. The commission responsible for this file was chaired by Mr. Jean Pare, with the support of Me Helene Lauzon, both OCPM commissioners. Over 200 residents attended the meetings, and some 40 people spoke.

Most participants at the hearings raised objections or expressed reservations concerning the expansion project. Some, residents of the Milton-Parc neighbourhood, fear that current inconveniences will only worsen, while others believe that a commercial sports stadium has no place in the historic and natural borough of Mount Royal. Among those who were against the project, some proposed measures either to alleviate nuisances they attributed to the Alouettes games, or to compensate for the infringement on the integrity of Mount Royal. However, others supported the project, underscoring the Alouettes' economic importance, the visibility that the team brings to Montreal, and the benefit of proposing mobilizing projects for the city's development.

According to the commission, the decision as to whether or not to authorize the expansion of Percival Molson Stadium involves arbitration that favours either the city's urban plan and complementary by-laws, or the historical presence of the Alouettes on the site. In light of the urban plan and of its own policies, notably on the integrity of Mount Royal, the City could refuse to authorize the requested expansion. Should it decide to authorize it, the main parties concerned-the Alouettes, McGill University and the City-should take note of the citizens' objections and make public their intended course of action with respect to these issues prior to the addition of the draft by-law to the city council meeting agenda.

Furthermore, to minimize the impact of the project on Mount Royal, the draft by-law, which already provides for replacing trees lost in the expansion, should be amended to ensure an unbroken landscape screen year-round, and to re-establish a large healthy wooded area on the entire portion of McGill Campus abutting Mount Royal. Moreover, the Alouettes should be required to find a less invasive solution than the giant screen currently planned for the eastern end of the stadium.

Created by the Charter of Ville de Montreal in 2002, the OCPM has since conducted 55 consultations and held 240 public meetings attended by over 15,000 residents. Please visit the OCPM Web site, www.ocpm.qc.ca, for more information on the Office, or for an electronic version or hard copy of this commission's report.

Contact Information

  • Office de consultation publique de Montreal
    Luc Doray
    (514) 872-3568
    (514) 977-8365 (cell)