Montreal, September 22, 2022 – The Council of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) today approved an amendment to the Temporary Control Act (RCI) 2022-97 in order to incorporate three additional sectors in Greater Montreal with the potential to convert them into green spaces or a natural environment.
These are Club de Golf Boucherville, Golf Dorval and Golf Ste-Rose in Laval. All of them are located within the urban perimeter, the total of these sectors is 190 hectares, which increases the area of \u200b\u200bprotected areas under this bylaw to 474 hectares, which already includes six golf courses, allowing the respective municipalities to reflect on their future development. .
It should be noted that this RCI aims to promote the conversion and resettlement of green spaces in the metropolitan area, as there are no longer quite enough natural spaces to reach the protection goals required now to deal with climate change and ensure a viable future in the future. generations. It came into force on August 25 after approval by the Quebec government, and is part of the review of the Land Use and Urban Development Plan (PMAD) carried out by a special commission in order to ensure sustainable development in the region until 2041, and the revised version will be submitted by June 2025 at the latest.
The revised regulation has been sent to the Government of Quebec and will take effect once approved, that is, within a maximum period of 60 days.
Action that requires the participation of the next government
Acquisition of sectors that can be converted into green spaces or a natural environment is an appropriate way to increase the natural environments in many of Montreal’s major municipalities and to achieve the goals of the CMM, as well as those of the government, in terms of protection. Promote plant and animal species, their habitats and biodiversity. However, this action requires significant investment, which is why CMM wants to create a new hub for its green and blue infrastructure program and is asking the incoming Quebec government to contribute $100 million to help municipalities with its project.
“The three new golf courses to be protected once again demonstrate the ability of cities to take strong action to accelerate environmental transformation and meet residents’ expectations. As Montreal prepares to host COP 15 and protection goals will have to be revised upwards, we expect this gesture to serve as an example for our partners,” said Valerie Plante, Mayor. Montreal and President of the Metropolitan Society of Montreal.
“The incorporation of Boucherville Golf Course into CMM’s RCI is an excellent measure that allows for the recreational use of this space to be preserved in perpetuity. As this land will never be sold for real estate development purposes, our citizens will be able to continue to enjoy this green space, located in the heart of the city. We We salute this initiative by CMM, which directly supports our commitment to increase protected areas by 20% on the land of the city of Boucherville,” stated Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville.
“In 2021, the City of Dorval made the decision to use Golf Dorval for more than just a golf course and to make it a public urban forest that can be used year-round for activities. Seasons that are important to the well-being of our team residents. The many hectares of land and wetlands covered by RCI represent an incredible biosphere. , including 216 bird species, 265 plant species and many wildlife such as foxes, raccoons and coyotes. We are therefore pleased with this return on investment, which supports and bolsters our decision. It provides the potential for better planning for future recreational development,” said Mark Dorit, Mayor of Dorval. For this large area, which is one of the newest of its kind in our municipality.”
“We are actively working to protect the natural heritage of Ville de Laval, reduce our ecological footprint, and leave a sustainable city for future generations. While Golf Ste-Rose is already protected by a regulation that protects it in the city’s new urban planning law, its inclusion in this RCI reinforces our commitment to the environment and conservation on natural spaces. Stéphane Boyer, Mayor of Laval.