The megacenter mall, which should see the light of day at the junction of highways 15 and 40, has already obtained the support of the municipality of Mont-Royal.
The commission in charge of studying the project of megacenter business Royalmount recommends the suspension of the project in order to review its planning and make it a “neighborhood complete” human scale “. She even suggests to the City and the city to consider legal action if no agreement is reached with the sponsor to define the project.
The Commission on economic and urban development and housing, chaired by councillor Richard Ryan, considers that, given the scale of the project, the negative impacts it will have on the traffic and the lack of impact studies on the environment, the project must be shelved. This downtime will allow the developer Carbonleo and the authorities to make an “integrated planning” to do a project that meets the ” needs of the population of montreal “.
The Commission also recommends that Montréal is asking the government of Québec of the legislative amendments ” in order to provide for the addition of a tool for urban planning aimed at ensuring the cohesion of any development of regional-scale “.
This project of 2 billion, which will have major impacts throughout the region, has already received the approval of the municipality of Mont-Royal, but this represents only 1 % of the population of the town, recalls the Commission.
According to the plans presented, the megacenter mall, which should see the light of day at the junction of highways 15 and 40 will feature approximately 160 stores, 75 restaurants, cinemas, a water park, and 8,000 parking spaces. The proponent has recently indicated its intention to add residential components, which will require an amendment to the planning scheme and development of the town.
The Commission request that the proponent reduce “substantially” the number of parking spaces ” consistent with the objectives of reducing the modal share of motor vehicles on the territory of montreal.” It also calls for sustainable solutions in the field of mobility and transport, taking account of the apprehended impact of the project on traffic congestion in the area.
As significant investments will be required to develop the active and public transport in the area Namur/De la Savane, the Commission suggests that a “fair share” of tax revenue of Mont-Royal and the agglomeration being devoted to this purpose.
With the addition of a residential component, the developer must target the creation of a “real neighborhood full human scale” by including local services, parks, leisure facilities and community, reports the Commission. It should also provide land for “appropriate” for school construction on the site. The residential components should also include social housing, affordable and family friendly, ahead of the Commission.
The autonomy of the cities
The elected members of the Commission were approved by a majority of the fifteen recommendations Thursday. The mayor of Montreal-East, Robert Coutu, and his counterpart in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Alex Bottausci, voted against it.
“The recommendations […] have the effect of encroaching on local skills that are exclusive to the other related municipalities of the agglomeration,” said Robert Coutu, recalling that the project complied with the development plan adopted by the urban agglomeration in 2015. The elected officer believes that the Commission goes too far in referring to the use of the courts to force the hand of the promoter.
Present at the town hall, the vice-president of Carbonleo, Claude Marcotte, did not seem shaken by the recommendations of the Commission, which advocate significant changes to the project.
“We understand that there are some elements that will need to be reviewed, he said. We will continue to work with agencies, municipalities and officials to improve the project as it has done for the past three, four years. “
The threat of a suspension of the project did not seem to worry : “The deadlines are tight, he recognized. But it was three years before the opening, so we have ample time to take into consideration the constructive recommendations, and to make changes if necessary. “
For its part, the mayor Valérie Plante comment on the record Friday morning.