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The "Projet métropolitain d'aménagement et de développement" and the "Plan d'urbanisme sur les antennes"
The Projet métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD)
The PMAD is a planning document aimed at guiding the development of the territory of the entire metropolitan community for the years to come. The Communauté métropolitain de Montréal (CMM) is required to establish such a plan in order to coordinate interventions on its territory in a coherent and coordinated manner.
The public consultation period on the new draft PMAD continues to October 21st and Les amis de la montagne will submit a brief to the commissioners.
The Plan includes three areas of interest: development, transportation and the environment. Les amis’ brief concentrates on the environment, with an emphasis on the efforts still required to enhance natural and built areas, as well as the landscape.
The establishment of clear and precise orientations will allow for the better preservation and linking of all the landscapes on the territory of the CMM, including four of the nine Monteregian hills, which are great assets to all of Quebec.
The experiences drawn from the protection and enhancement efforts for Mont Royal will certainly serve as an example to help orient the CMM in its initiatives.
Click on this link to access the official PMAD website.
To learn more about the necessity and the characteristics of a PMAD, click on this link to visit the site of the MAMROT.
The Plan d’urbanisme sur les antennes
In light of the increase in the number of telecommunication antennas and their disorderly proliferation in Montreal, City Council would like to submit a draft amendment to the Master Plan complementary document. To do so, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal has been mandated to hold a public consultation to consider the rules governing the conditions and criteria for the installation of antennas on both public and private properties.
The main challenge is the impact of antennas on the urban landscape; this problem is further accentuated on a landscape of great value, such as Mont Royal. There is also a public health concern regarding the presence of antennas in the urban environment, although studies to date indicate that the impact on health is negligible.
In order to avoid compromising the quality of landscapes by the presence of antennas, certain principles could be adopted, such as those by other countries including France and Spain that ensure the better integration of antennas in the landscape. In Montreal, several boroughs already hold high standards in this regard and could serve as a reference in the current process.
Click on this link for further information and relevant documents on the site of the OCPM.