No TODs Here

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The PMAD calls for densification in what are called TOD (Transit Oriented Developments). The land to be developed in Sainte-Anne certainly can’t be qualified as a TOD because transit is non-existent here. Then why is our Mayor and council hell bent on high densification? Just to please the developer? PMAD also promises to conserve 17% of the region – fine, let that 17% be in Sainte-Anne because there ain’t no more green spaces elsewhere.

Sorry Mr. Mayor, but we aren’t forced to develop at all.

The Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement, known as PMAD, which was adopted by the MMC, aims to limit urban sprawl, encourage the use of public transit and protect natural spaces in the Montreal region.

The plan calls for high-density housing to be concentrated around transit stations and for 17 per cent of the region’s territory to be protected as green spaces. The plan covers Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, the North Shore and the South Shore, and it was their municipal representatives who approved the plan, following public consultation last fall.

But some conservation groups said last week they worried that green spaces like the Angell Woods in Beaconsfield could end up being developed because they are close to commuter-train stations.

Those fears are unjustified, said François Desrochers of the MMC’s transport and planning department. Protection of natural spaces is an important part of the PMAD, he said. Because it encourages that protection, it is unlikely that the MMC would allow a forest located near a commuter-train station or bus terminal to be developed, he said.

The PMAD “has requirements to protect natural spaces, wetlands, and agricultural lands,” Desrochers said. “If you do decide to encroach a little bit on those lands, it would have to be for a very, very good reason.”

Source: The Gazette. Critics fear loss of green spaces in regional development plan. But West Island residents worry about green space.

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