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Updating of land-use tools: It’s time for residents to have their say!

Tuesday 17 May 2022

At the regular council meeting on May 16, 2022, the Ville de Saint-Lambert’s City Council adopted the drafts of the land-use master plan and related by-laws.

“We took an important step forward for the future of our city with the tabling of a new version of our land-use plan and the related by-laws. Since our election last November, the members of the municipal Council and I have, with the help of experts in the field, worked very hard to update our land-use planning tools. These are, of course, informed by the Sustainable Development Vision 2035, which was produced prior to this revamp, but also by the concerns that Lambert residents have expressed through various means over the past few months,” said Mayor Pascale Mongrain.

This step is part of the revamp of the City’s land-use tools that began in 2019. More than a legal obligation, the land-use master plan and related by-laws are beacons that will guide the development of our city. The last land-use master plan and related by-laws came into force in 2008. Our tools no longer necessarily meet our community’s needs or address its new realities.

“Our city has considerable challenges to face. Among them are financial challenges, of course, but also the challenges of our time, namely environmental issues, the housing shortage, and the fight against climate change. But our city also boasts a number of exceptional qualities, not the least of which is that it is compact and human-scaled. While this revamp must comply with all relevant legal obligations, it nevertheless presents an extraordinary opportunity to plan intelligently for our development in a manner that respects the heritage style of our city as well as the environment and ensures the protection of all our green spaces. If densification is inevitable as a local planning tool to help mitigate climate change, it must be intelligent, green and sustainable,” continued the mayor.

The purpose of this revamp is to ensure the sustainability of our city by incorporating updates that reflect the population’s vision of the future and comply with legal obligations.

“Cities have an essential role to play in the fight against climate change, and we have a collective responsibility to prepare the necessary changes in terms of land-use planning and to take the decisions required that will allow us to move towards that goal. This is why we wanted to introduce tangible measures that are dear to the people of Saint-Lambert, including providing increased protection for our trees, introducing measures to support bi-generational homes and tiny houses, eliminating low-quality cladding materials, reducing heat islands, adding incentives to promote green building practices and, above all, establishing clear guidelines for the density of sectors with redevelopment potential, while respecting the identity of our city. Together, we will build the future of our city, a wonderful city and a great place to live,” explained Ms. Mongrain.

New public consultations

Following the adoption of the drafts, the next step will consist of new public consultations, to be held on June 7 and 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the multi-purpose centre. They will be organized by the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM), a recognized organization whose mission is to promote citizen participation. Citizens will have the opportunity to share their comments and concerns about the drafts presented. It will also be possible to take part in these consultation sessions by submitting comments in writing on the City's website.

The consultation report prepared by the firm will be made public. City Council will study it closely for the purpose of improving the land-use tools prior to the adoption of the final versions, scheduled for July 2022.

To learn more about the process, consult the drafts that were adopted and stay informed about the upcoming consultations, citizens are invited to visit the Revamping our land-use plan and by-laws page.