Montreal, March 12, 2012 – On the occasion of the announcement of the coming into force of the Greater Montreal Planning and Development Plan (PMAD), the President of the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM) ), Mrs. Phyllis Lambert, and the Chair of the Planning Commission of the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM), Mrs. Helen Fotopulos, welcome the support of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, at the Agora Metropolitaine who will be responsible for the implementation of the PMAD.

The first Citizen Agora, organized by IPAM in December 2010, paved the way for an exceptional public consultation during the fall of 2011 on the PMAD project.

This contribution was notably reflected in a significant increase in the PMAD’s targets for the localization of households in the TOD neighborhoods, in terms of the modal share of public transit and in the protection and enhancement of natural environments.

“Our experience last fall shows that constructive dialogue between elected officials and civil society allows for more ambitious policies for our region,” said Lambert.

The Metropolitan Agora will be held in the winter of 2013. This is a unique formula that will bring together elected officials and representatives of civil society from all sectors of the Community so that the development of Greater Montreal further reflect the aspirations of citizens.

This biennial event will also ensure that the actions identified to reach the orientations, objectives and criteria of the PMAD are implemented quickly with a concern for quality and distinction.

The organizing committee of the Agora Metropolitain will be made up of eight representatives from civil society designated by IPAM and eight elected representatives of the planning commission chaired by Mrs. Helen Fotopulos. “This joint event will allow to continue this exceptional citizen mobilization developed during the consultation of the PMAD. Our goal is to maintain this level of interest during mplementation,” concluded Fotopulos.

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The Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM) is a citizens’ initiative whose mission is to contribute to sustainable urban planning in Montreal, its economic and sustainable development and local democracy. IPAM is an independent, multi-disciplinary body that aims to play a key long-term role in the municipal debate on policy choices for a fair and prosperous society.

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Created on January 1, 2001, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal is a planning, coordinating and financing organization that brings together 82 municipalities, or 3.7 million people spread over more than 4,360 square kilometers. The Community has expertise in land use planning, economic development, social housing, public transit and the environment.