The challenges facing Mount Royal

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The challenges facing Mount Royal | 

Issue 1 – Views, landscapes and emblematic presence

Mount Royal is an integral part of Montreal’s visual signature and is the most significant landmark in the metropolitan region. To protect and enhance the identified views of interest from and towards Mount Royal, how effective are the tools, measures and criteria put into place in the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan? How do we ensure a better complementarity between the mountain and the development of the downtown core and the entry points to the island?

The protection and enhancement of the views of interest towards Mount Royal from the outlying suburban municipalities, as well as the visual links between the Monteregians should also be considered.


Issue 2 – Natural environment

The protection and consolidation of Mount Royal’s natural environment is a major challenge, distributed as it is over a vast territory of 750 hectares in the urban midst. How do we reconcile the protection imperative while increasing accessibility to Mount Royal? How do we re-establish and preserve the biodiversity of Mount Royal and improve its connectivity to the other natural environments of the Montreal region?

Issue 3 – Great institutional domains

Institutional properties account for 60% of the Mount Royal territory. Their establishment on the mountain is part of our history. While today the majority of these institutions are susceptible to a change of vocation or are facing development needs, how do we maintain and consolidate the collective values and heritage assets of these institutional properties? Besides the tools currently at our disposition, would we be better equipped to handle these upcoming dossiers through other proactive approaches?


Issue 4 – Governance

The Mount Royal territory touches 4 boroughs within the Ville de Montréal, as well as the City of Westmount. The Ministère de la Culture et des Communications is responsible for applying the legislative framework of the Loi sur le patrimoine culturel that establishes the terms for conservation, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal. Following the decree of 2005 by the Gouvernement du Québec creating Mount Royal’s status, the challenge is, on the one hand, to pursue the development of a coherent and efficient model of governance within a transparent and consultative approach between public and institutional parties and civil society. On the other hand, the importance to improve the coordination of interventions in Mount Royal Park is clear. To these ideas is the added challenge of protecting the heritage elements of Mount Royal that lie outside the limits of the Mount Royal Heritage Site.