The last land-use master plan and the related by-laws took effect in 2008. This means that our tools are very outdated and much in need of revamping.
In 2019, we began the process of revamping these tools to ensure that they continue to meet citizens’ needs, while adapting them to the new realities of our community.
This process will also provide the opportunity to bring Saint-Lambert’s land-use master plan and by-laws into compliance with the Agglomération de Longueuil’s Schéma d’aménagement et de développement [land use and development plan], which was adopted in 2016. This is a legal obligation.
Why do so?
The purpose of this process is not to transform the city, but rather to ensure its sustainability by incorporating updates that reflect your vision of the future and comply with legal obligations. This process benefits our community in a number of ways:
- Ensuring its vitality
As our city is already completely built up, we must be creative if we are to continue prospering. The land-use master plan allows us to reach this objective through compact, human-scale land-use in harmony with the existing environment. The revamped master plan will therefore include measures designed to:
- redevelop sectors with potential for improvement (Saint-Charles Avenue, the downtown core and Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard),
- create opportunities for welcoming new residents, and
- integrate innovations and forward-looking trends to preserve our city’s attractiveness and appeal.
- Protecting our territorial assets
The people of Saint-Lambert cherish the quality of life they find here. The aim of the land-use master plan is to maintain the community’s distinctive character and quality of life. The plan will therefore include measures designed to:
- focus on maintaining much-appreciated facilities and services,
- preserve our rich heritage, and
- retain the specific charm of the various neighbourhoods.
- Providing a solid foundation for sustainable development
To ensure its long-term viability and respect for the local environment, a municipality must integrate sustainable development into its management practices. The revamped land-use plan pays close attention to helping the entire population find fulfillment, within the city’s environmental and financial means. The plan will therefore include measures designed to:
- enhance the city’s tree canopy and green spaces,
- incorporate diversity into residential projects and municipal facilities,
- optimize facilities that promote socialization and citizen participation, and
- support and encourage economic development.
- Complying with the new requirements
Our land-use plan must fit into a broader regional plan encompassing more than just our city. Among other things, the revamping process brings Saint-Lambert into compliance with the new requirements of the Schéma d’aménagement et de développement de l’agglomération de Longueuil (Agglomération de Longueuil land use and development plan). In force since December 2016, the Schéma is in turn based on the Plan d’aménagement et de développement (Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan) of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM).
With at least a minimum of standards needing to be integrated into our land-use plan and by-laws, the broader regional plans ensure a coherent vision of regional economic, social and environmental development.
The revamping process is highly complex and spans a period of several months. Our current elected municipal officers are continuing the initial work begun by the previous city council to ensure that their efforts faithfully represent the vision which they and their fellow citizens hold of our city’s future.
- Strategic vision exercises (2018-2019)
Before revamping its land-use master plan, the Ville de Saint-Lambert held a number of public consultations to learn about its citizens’ hopes and dreams for their city’s future. This process, carried out in 2019, gave more than 500 people the opportunity to express their views on their city’s development.
Accordingly, in 2019, the City carried out an exercise aimed at producing a sustainable land-use vision for its territory. The exercise culminated in City Council’s adoption of Saint-Lambert’s Sustainable Land-Use Vision 2035 on August 26, 2019, under the theme “a city that enhances its strengths while respecting its identity (including its heritage and culture).”
This vision, with its 20-year horizon, will guide and influence all future documents related to land use and development in Saint-Lambert.
- Consultations on the preliminary versions of the land-use plan and by-laws (2021)
The preliminary versions were prepared on the basis of Sustainable Land-Use Vision 2035. These versions were presented to the public in spring 2021, and citizens were given the opportunity to voice their opinions and exchange thoughts and ideas with each other.
The results of these consultations were taken into account in the drafts that will be adopted at the May 16, 2022 City Council meeting. Over the past few months, council members have reviewed all the drafts to ensure that they meet the current needs of both the City and its population.
The main changes incorporated into the drafts retained are as follows:
- Ensure that the Saint-Charles Avenue sector is developed in keeping with the current features (building heights, density control tools and traffic calming measures).
- Encourage diversified housing and services city-wide to accommodate different needs and incomes, especially those of young people, families and seniors.
- Make the Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard sector a health hub, promoting healthy lifestyle and dietary habits to complement already established health services.
- Expand the mix of land uses permitted for the Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard sector.
- Give priority to developing a distinctive signature in the downtown core through lighting and night landscaping, for example.
Over the next few weeks, your elected representatives will be out and about, meeting with citizens. Feel free to share your opinion with them or to ask questions about this project.
New consultations on the drafts adopted (2022)
City Council will adopt the draft land-use plan and by-laws (construction, zoning, subdivision, etc.) at its May 16, 2022 meeting. These drafts will then be presented at two public consultations.
- First consultation
When: Tuesday, June 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the multi-purpose centre
Topic: Land-use plan and by-law
- Second consultation
When: Tuesday, June 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the multi-purpose centre
Topic: Special planning program (PPU) for the Saint-Charles, Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier and downtown sectors
You can also view consultations live on our YouTube page. They will remain available for replay.
Council members will be accompanied by a firm of independent experts – from the Institut du nouveau monde – at these consultations. Citizens will thus have the chance to share their comments and concerns regarding the drafts adopted. The public consultation report prepared by the firm will be made public and tabled here. City Council will then examine all comments made in order to improve the land-use tools.
Council hopes to adopt the final versions in July 2022 and then submit them to the Agglomération de Longueuil for scrutiny.
- Land-use master plan adopted
The land-use master plan adopted describes the city in seven sectors that constitute living environments and relatively homogenous entities from the historical, geographical, typomorphological, economic and functional viewpoints. The master plan also includes three specific land-use plans for the Saint-Charles Avenue, Village (downtown core) and Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard sectors (Route 112).
In summary, here are the priority objectives identified for each sector.
- Protect and showcase its heritage.
- Add points of service for businesses and local services.
Saint-Charles – Haut Saint-Lambert
- Prepare a special planning program (PPU) for developing this sector.
- Increase the number of islands of freshness by encouraging the greening of public and private spaces.
- Extend the Coulée verte (green corridor) as a main axis.
- Update the special planning program in force for the downtown core.
- Protect and showcase its heritage.
- Initiate reflection on the rear parking lots and the requalification of industrial lands.
Victoria Park – Alexandra
- Prepare a special planning program (PPU) for redeveloping the sector around Highway 112.
- Develop a sustainable mobility plan to improve safety and user-friendliness along Highway 112.
- Protect and showcase its heritage.
- Increase the tree canopy and reduce the heat islands.
- Plan how to consolidate all commercial activities on Victoria Avenue (at the intersection with Churchill Boulevard).
- Protect and showcase its heritage.
- Develop a sustainable mobility plan that will help strengthen the north-south public transit and active transportation links within the city.
- Develop a master plan for parks and green spaces to define a distinctive and appropriate program for optimizing the potential of Du Havre Park.
- Plan how to consolidate all commercial activities on Victoria Avenue.
- Allow the creation of more housing units in the Plamondon and De Navarre sector that is located near the REM’s Panama station.
- Develop a sustainable mobility plan that will reinforce the north-south public transit and active transportation links within the city.
- Land-use by-laws adopted
As part of the process of revamping its land-use tools, the Ville de Saint-Lambert is also revamping its by-laws pertaining to zoning, subdivision, construction and permits and certificates, which have been in force since 2009.
You can consult
(These documents are available in French only.)
Projet de plan d'urbanisme
Résumé du plan d'urbanisme
Projet du PPU Saint-Charles
Projet du PPU secteur du centre-ville
Projet du PPU secteur central du boulevard Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier
Projet de règlement de zonage
Projet de règlement de zonage - ANNEXE 1
Projet de règlement de zonage - ANNEXE 2
Projet de règlement de zonage - ANNEXE 3
Projet de règlement de construction
Projet de règlement de lotissement
Projet de règlement sur les permis et les certificats
Submission of written documents
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