What is densification?

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Densification is a concept which entails cramming as many people as possible on a parcel of land, usually measured in hectares. This benefits the City of Montreal (the agglomeration) when it comes to providing services such as mass transit. In the case of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, and the West Island in general, this is amusing given that there aren’t any definitive plans to improve mass transit for our area. There are certainly no plans to extend the metro out here. So densification just means more traffic, pollution, and possibly crime.

The hectare is a metric unit of area defined as 10000 square metres (100 m by 100 m), and primarily used in the measurement of land.

What does the PMAD say about all of this? Assuming our lands are considered outside of Transit‐Oriented Development (TOD) neighborhoods:

Densification: 16 to 60 households/hectare on land that is vacant or slated for redevelopment within metropolitan boundary.


Photo: Bernard Brault, Archives La Presse