Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal

March 17, 2008 11:22 ET

Public Consultation Regarding Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - The Office de consultation publique de Montreal (OCPM) begins its consultation tomorrow on the Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan (the Plan). At its meeting on February 25 last, the city council gave the Office the mandate to hold consultations concerning the Plan and the draft by-law amending the complementary document to the Montreal Master Plan to allow its implementation.

According to the City of Montreal, the Plan is largely based on consensuses stemming from the work of the Table de concertation du Mont-royal. The Table comprises the boroughs that are partly located within the boundaries of the historical and natural borough of Mont-Royal, as well as the City of Westmount, major institutions that hold property on Mount Royal, and associations that have an interest in the mountain.

Mount Royal is one of the city's main green lungs as well as a venue for relaxation and get-togethers for Montrealers. In addition to the large park we all know, it also holds several cemeteries, private residences, and the buildings of several of Montreal's major knowledge and health institutions. In that context, it is often difficult to reconcile its many uses, while ensuring that this unique space will continue to benefit futures generations. It is with this in mind, and in light of the Plan and of the consensuses of the Table, that the Office undertakes its consultation work, which will allow the people concerned to familiarize themselves with all documentation pertaining to the project, including the Plan, the draft by-law, and the consensuses reached by the Table.

The first information session will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m., in the Grand Salon B of the Hotel Hyatt, at 1255 Jeann-Mance Street (Place-des-Arts Metro). The meeting will begin with a short talk by Mrs. Helen Fotopulos, responsible for Mount Royal on the City of Montreal's executive committee and mayor of the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal. A representative of the Table de concertation sur le mont Royal will present the work of the Table and its conclusions. Lastly, City representatives will present the draft by-law under consideration as well as the Plan. Afterwards, citizens in attendance will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the various presentations.

A second series of meetings, in the form of thematic workshops, will begin on March 25. The workshops will address various themes, such as the protection of natural environments, the protection of built environments, views and landscapes, access to Mount Royal, and the management of the mountain.

In the following weeks, starting on March 23, citizens and groups wishing to do so will be allowed to present their opinions to the commission in the form of written or oral briefs. The calendar of the meetings and technical information about them are presented at the end of this press release. Lastly, over the course of the consultation, the OCPM will make available on its Web site and distribute hard copies of a questionnaire aimed at the general public to encourage widespread participation in the consultation.

The Office commission responsible for this exercise will the made up of three commissioners, including Office president Louise Roy, who will chair the commission. At the end of the consultation, elected officials will review the opinions of Montreal residents on the major orientations that should guide the protection and enhancement of the mountain. At the dawn of this major democratic exercise, Ms. Roy invites Montrealers to attend in order to learn about the health of Mount Royal's ecosystem and the challenges involved in protecting it given the pressures it faces, such as real estate development and automobile circulation, and thereafter to take a position regarding its protection. Ms. Roy will be assisted in her work by two ad hoc commissioners of the Office: Mr. Jean Burton, a biologist, and Mr. Louis Deriger, an engineer specializing in the environment and in landscape architecture.



Calendar of the Meetings

March 18 7:00 p.m. Information session
(Presentation of the overall plan)
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency, Grand Salon B
1255 Jeanne-Mance Street; Place-des-Arts Metro

March 25 7:00 p.m. Thematic workshop
Protecting and enhancing natural environments
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency, Salon Alfred-Rouleau
1255 Jeanne-Mance Street; Place-des-Arts Metro

March 27 7:00 p.m. Thematic workshop
Protecting built and managed environments
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency, Salon Alfred-Rouleau
1255 Jeanne-Mance Street; Place-des-Arts Metro

March 31 7:00 p.m. Thematic workshop
The protection of views, landscapes and landscaping

1:00 p.m. Thematic workshop
Management of the mountain
Location: Office de consultation publique de Montreal
1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th Floor, Peel Metro

April 1 7:00 p.m. Thematic workshop
Access, to mount Royl and available services
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency, Salon Alfred-Rouleau
1255 Jeanne-Mance Street; Place-des-Arts Metro

April 23 7:00 p.m. Session for the presentation of briefs
Location: Office de consultation publique de Montreal
1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th Floor; Peel Metro


All relevant information and documentation pertaining to the consultation are available on the Web site of the Office at www.ocpm.qc.ca. If you have any questions, please call the Office at 514 872-8510. Complete hard copies of the file are also available at the Direction du Greffe de la Ville de Montreal, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East, Ground Floor (Champ-de-Mars Metro) and at the offices of the OCPM, 1550 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1414 (Peel Metro). Furthermore, copies of the draft by-law and Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan, as well as flyers about the consultation, are available at the Bibliotheque Robert-Bourassa, 41 Saint-Just Street, borough of Outremont, at the Bibliotheque du Mile-End, 5434 Parc Avenue, and at the Bibliotheque et maison de la culture Cote-des-Neiges, at 5290 Cote-des-Neiges Road.

Contact Information

  • Luc Doray
    514-872-3568
    Cell.: 514-977-8365