- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, May 27, 2015 – At the end of a long citizen consultation process that began last fall, Mayor Philippe Roy today presented the orientations that have been selected by the Town and will guide the drafting of amendments to a number of by-laws. Comprising several steps and eliciting a range of viewpoints, the process successfully identified the threats and opportunities facing Mount Royal with respect to the preservation and future development of its urban heritage. The public announcement of the orientations was made in the presence of Pierre Marcotte, an architect and urban designer at Régis Côté / Groupe BC2, whose services were retained throughout the consultation.
In all, eighteen orientations were presented by Mayor Roy. They address various concerns expressed by Townies, in particular regarding the protection of the vegetation cover typical of a garden city, the threat of oversized houses on the scale of the neighbourhoods in which they are located, tighter management of applications for demolition permits and increased transparency in the decision-making of the Planning Advisory Committee (CCU).
That such a presentation would take place had been promised from the start of the consultation process. It is the culmination of several months of reflection on the input received from Townies. Although the selected orientations do not include recommendations for specific provisions, they will directly inspire changes in the Town’s by-laws and thus deserve to be made public.
Based on concerns expressed by residents, two by-laws will be amended even before summer officially begins, namely the by-laws respecting demolitions and the Planning Advisory Committee. Notices of motion for both by-laws – which are less complicated than, say, the zoning by-law – will be submitted on June 8, 2015. The amended by-laws should be adopted at the June 22nd Council meeting and immediately enter into force and effect.
“The consultation that ended today is unique in Mount Royal’s history,” says Mayor Roy. “Until now, the Town has never put forward so many actions or acted so thoroughly to understand residents’ opinions. Our consultation generated numerous reactions both inside and outside the various parts of our process, sometimes in the form of open letters or questions asked during Council meetings. The councillors and I are very impressed by the quality and quantity of these discussions.”
It should be noted that the consultation process included a CROP survey of 500 respondents, a morning conference featuring invited experts, election district-based discussion groups and, as part of the so-called Town Meeting, an open mike event at which all residents were encouraged to express their views. In the lead-up to the event, several dozen briefs were submitted to Town Council and a specialized blog was created.