Montreal, September 22, 2022 – The council of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) today approved an amendment to interim control by-law (RCI) 2022-97 in order to integrate three additional sectors of Greater Montréal with potential for conversion into green space or natural environment.
These are Club de Golf Boucherville, Golf Dorval and Golf Ste-Rose in Laval. All located within the urban perimeter, these sectors total 190 ha, which brings to 474 ha the surface area of areas protected by this by-law, which already includes six golf courses, which allows the municipalities concerned to reflect on their future development.
Remember that this RCI aims to promote the conversion and renaturalization of green spaces in the metropolitan area, where there are no longer enough entirely natural spaces to reach the protection targets now necessary to deal with climate change and ensure a viable future for future generations. Coming into force on August 25 following the approval of the Government of Quebec, it is part of the review of the Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan (PMAD) carried out by a special commission in order to ensure sustainable development in the region until 2041, and the revised version of which will be submitted by June 2025 at the latest.
The amended regulation has been sent to the Government of Quebec and will come into force as soon as it is approved, i.e. within a maximum period of 60 days.
An action that requires the participation of the next government
The acquisition of sectors with potential for conversion into green space or natural environment is a relevant avenue for strengthening the natural environments in several municipalities of Greater Montreal and achieving the objectives of the CMM, as well as those of the government, in terms of protection. and enhancement of plant and animal species, their habitats and biodiversity. This action requires significant investments, which is why the CMM wishes to set up a new axis of the Green and Blue Network program and is asking the next government of Quebec for a contribution of $100 million to help municipalities achieve their project
“These three new golf courses that will be protected once again demonstrate the ability of cities to take strong action to accelerate the ecological transition and meet the expectations of the population. As Montreal prepares to host COP 15 and the protection objectives will have to be revised upwards, we expect this gesture to serve as an example for our partners. The next government of Quebec must support the CMM in particular in meeting the challenge of increasing the surface area of green spaces in urban areas and promoting the creation by municipalities of projects that meet local needs,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal and President of the Metropolitan Community of Montreal.
“Incorporating the Boucherville golf course into the CMM’s RCI is an excellent measure that will allow 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 salute this initiative by the CMM, which directly supports our commitment to increase the protected areas by 20% on the territory of the City of Boucherville,” mentioned Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville.
“In 2021, the City of Dorval made the decision to use Golf Dorval for much more than a golf course and to make it an urban public forest that could be used throughout the year for activities. seasons considered important to the well-being of our residents. The many hectares of land and wetlands covered by the RCI represent an incredible living biosphere, including 216 species of birds, 265 species of plants and many wild animals such as foxes, raccoons and coyotes. We are therefore delighted with this ROI, which supports and reinforces our decision. It offers the possibility of better planning the future recreational development of this large space, one of the last of its kind in our municipality,” said Marc Doret, Mayor of Dorval.
“We are working to protect Ville de Laval’s natural heritage, reduce its ecological footprint and bequeath a sustainable city to future generations. While Golf Ste-Rose is already protected by a regulation that protects it in the City’s new Urban Planning Code, its inclusion in this RCI reinforces our commitment to the environment and to preserving natural spaces.” declared Stéphane Boyer, mayor of Laval.