Press release: Les amis salute the 10th anniversary of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal
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Montreal, October 25, 2012 – On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), Les amis de la montagne underscore the importance of this independent entity within the municipal framework that informs decision-making and fosters public dialogue regarding the acceptability and nature of policies and urban planning. In fact, since its creation in 2002, the OCPM has held consultations on 10 major projects associated with Mount Royal, encouraging citizen participation in these Montreal-wide debates concerning the protection and enhancement of the mountain.
“In the last 150 years, citizen participation in the protection of Mount Royal is a testament to the essential role the population has played in ensuring the perpetuity of a collective heritage. The inclusion by the National Assembly of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal in the Charter of the City of Montreal and its constitution by the Municipal Council 10 years ago was a strong gesture in support of democracy in Montreal. This sound approach favours the responsible and sustainable development of Montreal,” said Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne, who participated as a panellist in the Colloque des 10 ans of the OCPM today at the Marché Bonsecours in Montreal.
Since the governmental decree creating the Mount Royal Historic and Natural District in 2005, major public and private development projects on this 10 square kilometre portion of the mountain that derogate from municipal by-laws, are subject to the consultation process under the auspices of the OCPM in accordance with Article 89 of the Charter of the City of Montreal.
According to Sylvie Guilbault, “The OCPM plays an essential role in the development of Montreal by soliciting public opinion and by conducting an analysis of projects by way of a credible, transparent and efficient process. If this process may at times be demanding, experience has shown that final projects are significantly improved.”
Director of communications
Les amis de la montagne
514 843-8240, ext. 237