Quartier Namur-Hippodrome
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The OCPM was given a mandate to organize a public consultation on the vision and development principles for the future Namur-Hippodrome area. The territory to be developed includes the site of the former racetrack as well as the vicinity of the Namur metro station bordering the Décarie Expressway. It is outlined in orange on the map[1] below.

Basing itself on five development principles, the municipal administration aims to develop an inclusive, mixed, carbon-neutral district focused on active and collective transportation and comprising some 6000 new housing units.

The five development principles are described in the Ville de Montréal’s presentation documents.

The OCPM offers herein a few open questions on themes related to principles outlined in the Ville de Montréal’s presentation document in order to stimulate your thought process and help you to tell us what you think. You may also use the “other opinions” option to express yourself on any related topic of concern or interest to you.


Theme 1: Green district

The Ville de Montréal sets out the objective of creating an innovative carbon-neutral district with a small ecological footprint, anchored in the community.

That development principle proposes, among other things, to focus the area’s development on active and collective transportation, abundant greenery, use of clean energies in mobility, energy-efficient buildings, reduction of water consumption, and obtaining of environmental certifications.

Questions to stimulate your thought process.

  • What do you think of the objective of creating a carbon-neutral district with a small ecological footprint in the Namur-Hippodrome area?
  • How do you think that development principle could be applied in terms of development, construction and mobility choices, among others?
  • In your opinion, what measures and innovations should be implemented in order to attain the objectives of that development principle?


Theme 2: Living environment

The Ville de Montréal sets out the objective of creating a complete, diversified and inclusive living environment that favours a family-friendly lifestyle.

It is proposed that some 6000 new housing units be constructed, mirroring the social and cultural diversity of Montréal, in particular that of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The new district would include a variety of housing types as well as employment sites, community facilities and public spaces.

Questions to stimulate your thought process.

  • To whom should the housing stock of the district be addressed? And what should be the characteristics of that housing stock?
  • What community services and facilities should be provided to meet the needs of the new population of the district? In your opinion, where should they be located?
  • In your opinion, how should the commercial area along Décarie Boulevard be rezoned?


Theme 3: Mobility

The Ville de Montréal proposes, as a third principle, to make active and collective mobility the foundation for a district open to the city.

In keeping with that principle, it is proposed that physical links be developed to re-establish the district’s openness to the city, and that public property be developed in such a way as to allow more room for pedestrians and restrict automobile use, while meeting the mobility needs of a diversified population.

Questions to stimulate your thought process.

  • In the perspective of a carbon-neutral district, how do you envision the transportation of goods?
  • In the perspective of a carbon-neutral district, what place should be reserved for the various modes of transportation within the district itself?
  • In your opinion, how should the extension of Cavendish Boulevard be carried out in order to make it compatible with the promotion of active and collective transportation?
  • In your opinion, how should the district’s streets and other travel paths be developed to make it enjoyable and safe to get around within it at all hours of the day and throughout the year?
  • How should the district be linked to the various surrounding hubs and districts?
  • In your opinion, how should collective transportation be organized in the future district and how can we promote access to the Namur metro?


Theme 4: Green spaces

As a fourth development principle, the Ville de Montréal proposes a network of integrated green public spaces shaping the spatial organization of the district.

Among other things, it is proposed that a green belt surrounding the district be developed along the railways tracks, that plant-filled paths studded with multifunctional public spaces be installed to meet the needs of residents year-round, and that streets and passageways be designed to allow the dissemination of plants throughout the district.

Questions to stimulate your thought process.

  • In your opinion, what percentage of the district should be reserved for green spaces and public spaces, and what activities should take place there?
  • How do you picture the integration of green spaces into the district?
  • What can be done to ensure that future residents make use of the green spaces and public spaces?


Theme 5: Identity

As a fifth development principle for the area, the Ville de Montréal proposes a renewed identity of the site.

The history of the site revolves primarily around its agricultural past and the presence of the old racetrack and its horse races.

Questions to stimulate your thought process.

  • What elements relating to the identity, history or environment of the site should be highlighted and serve as the signature of the new district in terms of architecture, layout, design or public art?
  • In your opinion, how could urban agriculture be integrated into the life of the new district? Where should it be located?
  • How should the new district distinguish itself from the other Montréal districts?


Theme 6: Other opinions

Are there other important elements to consider in planning the future Namur-Hippodrome area?


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