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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?


Voici toutes les contributions reçues dans le cadre de ce questionnaire.

Veuillez noter que nous avons conservé les textes originaux sans procéder à aucune modification ou correction dans les limites de la netiquette de l'Office.

1. Opinion présentée par Leandro de Sousa

The underway of Boulevard Cavendish (connecting Cote-Saint-Luc to town Mont-Royal) should be done asap. There are approved projects and budget for that already. The Hippodrome cant have only BLVD Decarie as the only exit.

Maybe we should consider have a REM station? The Hippodrome would be an easy and optional connection to the airport.

2. Opinion présentée par David King

The current state of high traffic congestion at the Jean-Talon and Decarie service road is an absolute nightmare. No development of the Namur-Hippodrome area should be allowed to proceed without a clear, timely and functional plan to mitigate the additional congestion which would be created by adding residences and vehicles into the area. Any development which neglects this issue would be in direct contravention of the core issues of environmental impact underlying Themes 1, 3 and 4.

Of note, simply opening up the Cavendish Boulevard would not be sufficient mitigation, as it would drive additional traffic through the intersection in question to go through the Namur district to get to Cavendish.

3. Opinion présentée par Sona Hagopian

In the corner of two major highways, residents will need, first, oxygen to breath. Having community gardens will help but for the winter, an area to bring fruits and vegetables from the merchants of JeanTalon market and have a major grocery store. Transportation to go and see their family in the north, south , east and west! I don't know how it is being imagined.

Bottom line, forget all the above and plant trees for the benefit of all Montrealers. It will be wonderful a walking space around an artificial lake. New housing - no high rises- just 3000 is more than enough, including parking space as both the Decarie and the HWY 40 will be used. Have tunnels or covered overpasses, for those who don't have cars and will use public transportation. If there are no tunnels, accidents to cross those streets will be numerous. How about a library? Tennis courts! Hockey ring! A mini botanical garden!! ( How far is the Montreal Botanical Garden ????)

It is amazing to have that space to create a heavenly corner in the middle of that horrendous traffic.
Open the Cavendish, it will help the horrendous traffic in that corner.
Last but not least, call it "Paradis Namur", with many trees around the metro station door.

4. Opinion présentée par Mark Lazar

Access and transport - The newly created area of Le Triangle has already stressed the Jean Talon and Décarie interchange. The access streets to the North must be enlarged, and possibly an overpass from the area of Décarie Square. If you plan to have 6000 additional residents you can not expect all to access without cars or even visitors. Add this to the Royal out. Project even if it only stays commercial.

The population and subsequent traffic by every form keeps being layered higher with absolutely no additional access.
I also suggest underground parking under most of the area to keep the “top side” green...even delivery trucks. It will also permit many access points without effecting the pedestrian and other traffic.

Currently Jean Talon-Décarie should require traffic police as the intersections become jammed during The going to work and going home times, and even worse on weekends when everyone goes shopping.

New access and a redirection of the current traffic pressure must be addressed as part of the initial planning, not as a Later thought.

Thank you

5. Opinion présentée par Monica Larry

Traffic etc. Already this area has too few exits and entrances for all the traffic. At exit jean- Talon everyday from 3: 00 on it’s impossible for us to get home. We cannot exit our home at Clanaranald and Vézina at 7:30 am for at least 15 minutes because of traffic coming through from Hampstead and Cote StLuc. We need more alternative routes and with all the construction traffic will get worse. Where will 6000 residents exit from their homes? Again only 2 exits and entrances. This will create quite a problem especially with the Royalmount shopping area created.Fortunately for the city of Montreal the car users donate quite a lot of cash flow for the city coffers. Please do something for us.

6. Opinion présentée par Yosef Robinson

Consideration should be given - in descending order - to social/affordable housing (so as to provide an opportunity for those on fixed incomes that was missed at the Triangle development just to the east) and to the environment. On the last point, it is not necessary to make it as carbon-neutral as possible, because as a skeptic of man-made climate change I feel that the global climate is doing just fine. Rather, consideration should be given for the sake of saving energy so as to not release actual, tangible pollution plus for the sake of planting trees for reasons other than "climate change".

As a Cote St.-Luc resident and as an urban planning expert, I feel that the highest priority for the new Hippodrome/Namur development should be given to opening up Cavendish Blvd. between Cote St.-Luc and St.-Laurent, with a connecting link to the Hippodrome area. Moreover, I feel that there ought to be a link between either Kildare or Mackle (east-west streets in Cote St.-Luc) and Jean-Talon through the Hippodrome. The more direct road links for Cote St.-Luc residents, the better for not only Cote St.-Luc residents to get to northern Snowdon and the Decarie corridor but for residents in the Hippodrome and northern Snowdon to get to Cote St.-Luc directly.

7. Opinion présentée par Blanca Blanca

Well I would like to express that as it is the traffic around Decarie and Jean talon it is impossible, just getting out of the 40 into Decarie it is bad traffic, people drive like maniacs, imagine how much more traffic will be the all the construction in the space of the ancient Hippodrome, the vial system has not been planned properly by the city since the beginning of times, but they should considered to build better roads and accessibility to automobiles just think about the overpopulated area that is around there, it is hardly places to park your cars, imagine with all the buildings planned fir that, tell me where are all those people are going to park?, please think about all the complications that will come with all those building there and no places to park, bc people still going to be driven the bus system around it is really poor,
Thank you


8. Opinion présentée par Sarah Hunter

Let's pretend that only 20% of Canadians have mobility issues (hint: the statistics are much higher). Surely when we discuss anything mobility related, we would include them, right? This project should be no different. At least 1 in 5 houses/apartments/condos would be fully accessible, of course. Every new building will be street level without stairs or complicated and epic ramps to every entrance. Every apartment/condo near an entrance will be dedicated to those of us with reduced mobility. Dedicated parking will be in front of said doors, right next to the bus stops. Grandma wants to visit her grandkids in this new eco-friendly-village and so do I.

9. Opinion présentée par Gary Fullerton

A lost, perhaps the last opportunity for Montreal to ignore developing a 73-hectare Grand Central Public Park in the new and fast developing uptown district. Where no such park exists at this time.

A park similar in land area and public function as: Lafontaine, Jarry, Ile Sainte-Helene and Angrignon... .

Montreal boasts many parks throughout its' territory each serving in close proximity to its' respective neighbourhoods.

A glance at an aerial map of Montreal reveals that the up and coming new Uptown Montreal district will lack a Grand Central Park as the City prides itself of its' existing park network should this need be overlooked of not developing a Grand Central Uptown Park to serve its' fast growing population within its' proximity.

There are many other alternative derelict properties within close proximity of the uptown area that would accommodate the anticipated 6,000-Hippodrome residents. Many off site properties as in the triangle are in dire need of redevelopment.

Herding 6,000 residents within 73-hectares having inadequate or no infrastructure at all such as access roads (N/S/W) is irresponsible as it stands now.

God forbid that an evacution order is ordered due to a toxic spill or some other unforeseeable catastrophe. Imagine 6,000 people all escaping through the one East exit/entre access towards Blvd. Decarie as it is today.

The former Blue Bonnet now Hippodrome site should be developed into a showcase Grand Uptown Central Park.

A public park that would showcase Montreals' four dynamic seasons.

An Urban Farm. An educational interactive multifunction theme park with a mission of Montreals' agricultural history, present and future Saint- Lawrence valley agro technologies.

Will it be lost or will it be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Montreal to create a purposeful Grand Uptown Central Park in a developing densely populated district as it is fast becoming without the Hippodrome housing plans?

There exists other means to generate tax revenues.

Thank you,

Gary Fullerton, Montreal, NDG

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