Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal

May 12, 2008 14:30 ET

Public Consultation for Major Projects: OCPM Formulates Four Recommendations

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Upon filing its annual report with City Council, as provided for under the Charter of Ville de Montreal, the president of the Office de consultation publique de Montreal formulated, in a press conference today, four recommendations regarding public consultation mechanisms for major projects or projects of metropolitan scope.

The debate surrounding the consultation on the Griffintown project rekindled questions on the vocation and future outlook of public consultation in Montreal. In that context, the Office formulated four recommendations to contribute to the reflection process involved in establishing guidelines and norms for consultation mechanisms for major projects.

The Vision 2025 of the public administration includes a large number of major projects of Montreal-wide scope, some of which are also part of the 26 detailed planning sectors outlined in the City's Master Plan which have a metropolitan scope. The first recommendation of the Office consists in requesting amendments to the City Charter to give public consultation by-laws statutory status with respect to major projects and projects of metropolitan scope.

The second recommendation calls for this statutory examination of major projects to be carried out by a single neutral and independent third party, and for the OCPM to be clearly identified as the organization in charge of this mandate under the City Charter.

For most major projects, developers hold consultations upstream of the project. Although these consultations cannot guarantee how the community will react to the issues surrounding the project, they can be very useful in terms of allowing developers to gauge resistance and identify potential changes that can be made to the project. The Office therefore recommends that the procedures and results of consultations held upstream by promoters be recorded in detail and made public so that they may be taken into consideration during the formal consultation process.

Lastly, in view of the fact that major projects may be carried out in a horizon of 5, 10 or even 20 years, the Office recommends that a formal two-step consultation procedure be introduced for major projects, with an initial, shorter consultation upstream to allow developers and citizens to express their concerns and identify the issues involved, and a second when the project is sufficiently developed to evaluate its advantages and inconveniences.

Created by the Charter of Ville de Montreal, the OCPM has managed over 60 consultations and held some 300 public meetings attended by almost 20,000 citizens. For more complete information about the Office, or to obtain a copy of the annual report, please visit the OCPM Web site at www.ocpm.qc.ca. You may also reach the office by telephone at 514 872-3568

Contact Information

  • Luc Doray
    Tel.: 514-872-3568
    Cell.: 514-977-8365
    or
    Catherine Escojido
    Cell.: 514-927-8807