Public Consultation Policy Respecting the Protection and Enhancement of the Natural Environment

jeu, 03/25/2004
2004
Langue: 
Anglais

 

Montréal, March 25, 2004 – The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) announces the holding of a major island-wide public consultation on the Policy respecting the protection and enhancement of the natural environment. The commission will launch the consultation process on March 30 next, with the first information session, at Centre Harpell in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

THE COMMISSION
The President of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, Mr. Jean-François Viau, has formed
a two-member commission. The commission will be chaired by Mr. Yves G. Archambault, who will be
assisted by Me Hélène Lauzon.

THE DRAFT POLICY
The draft policy aims primarily to improve Montréal living environments for the benefit of all
Montrealers. It targets three key objectives:

  • To maximize biodiversity and increase aggregate hectarage of protected natural spaces in Montréal;
  • To ensure sustainability of the natural environment in City parks, and promote the consolidation and viability of park ecosystems;
  • To foster enhanced integration of ecosystems and natural landscapes in built-up areas.

With this policy, the City seeks to contribute to the development of a concerted approach involving corporate departments, boroughs, environmental groups and developers in a common land-use planning project. To that end, the policy identifies ten ecoterritories where the City plans to implement a mobilization process leading to a conservation project. The policy targets the following areas:

West Island: Senneville Woods, Rivière à l’Orme Ecoforest Corridor, Île Bizard Ecoforest Corridor, Cheval Blanc Rapids and Bertrand Stream Basin.
Centre: The summits and slopes of Mount Royal, Saint-Jacques Escarpment and Lachine Rapids.
East Island: East Island Greenbelt and De Montigny Stream Basin.

GET INFORMED!
The draft Policy respecting the protection and enhancement of the natural environment is available for public review at:

  • Borough offices and Accès Montréal Offices (BAM)
  • Montréal public libraries

All documentation pertaining to the draft policy and consultation is available at:

  • The Office de consultation publique de Montréal, 1550 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1414, and on its Web site: www.ocpm.qc.ca

Montréal public libraries offer free Internet access.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETINGS
The public consultation will be conducted in two parts:

  • First part: Explanation of the draft policy, followed by a question period;
  • Second part: A session where individuals and organizations may express their opinions on the policy.

The OCPM invites all interested persons and organizations to attend the following meetings:

First part (Information sessions and question periods):

March 30, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
Centre Harpell, 60 Saint-Pierre Street
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

April 5, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
Église Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, Parish hall – 5320 Côte-des-Neiges Road

April 6, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
Rivière-des-Prairies Community Centre
9140 Perras Boulevard

Second part (Tabling of memorandums and comments):

April 27, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
Centre Harpell, 60 Saint-Pierre Street
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

April 29, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
Rivière-des-Prairies Community Centre, 9140 Perras Boulevard

May 3, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
Église Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, Parish hall – 5320 Côte-des-Neiges Road

REGISTRATION AND MEMORANDUM SUBMISSION
The Office would like persons and organizations wishing to express their opinions on the draft Policy or to submit a memorandum to register and/or submit their memorandum, before April 19, 2004, 4:00 p.m., at the offices of the OCPM, in ten hard copies and in electronic format. For additional information: (514) 872-4026. E-mail: milieuxnaturels.ocpm@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

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Jean-François Viau
President of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal
Tel.: (514) 872-3568
Cell.: (514) 886-1515