Commentary by IPAM on the draft regulation on public participation in urban planning and development

In December 2017, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy sought comments on the draft regulation on public participation in planning and development. Here is the Commentary of our board of directors, submitted to the ministry December 30, 2017.

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IPAM brief on Bill 122

February 14, 2017
IPAM presented a brief (link below in French) to the public hearings of the Committee on Planning and the Public Domain on Bill 122 – An Act mainly to recognize that municipalities are local governments and to increase their autonomy and powers.

Key points : sustainable development; the abolition of referendums; strengthen participative governance; requalification zones and policies on information and consultation; and how to improve referenda procedures.

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Montréal-Métropole: Please share your ideas!

Thank you to everyone who attended our public forum held on November 30 at the Canadian Center for Architecture, as well as our January 30 roundtable at Rayside-Labossière. These two major events underscored the need for public debates as such, considering the potential impact of Bills 121 and 122. In addition, the strong social engagement in these discussions demonstrates the importance of these topics to the public and, consequently, the attention and consideration that provincial and municipal governments should give to it.

We ask you to share some of your ideas and/or concerns, since IPAM is committed to compiling a brief that could eventually be presented to the parliamentary committees on urban planning of the City of Montreal.

Feel free to send us your comments by email at info@ipamontreal.org or on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ipamtl

Minutes of the Round Table of February 3, 2015: Municipal taxation – New tools for municipal Financing

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM), some thirty Montreal stakeholders met on February 3, 2015 to discuss tax issues, municipal and alternative modes of financing for Quebec municipalities in general, and for the city in particular.

In the form of open discussion, the exchanges allowed participants from different backgrounds to compare their perception of the problem and their ideas. The discussion focused on the advantages and disadvantages of property taxes and alternative financing, the special case of Montreal and the means to achieve the city you want in the long term. In the coming months, the status of Montreal will be reviewed by the Quebec government to give it more powers and diversify its sources of revenue. The report will lead to the production of an IPAM thesis on the subject to guide the organization in its participation in future discussions.

Here is the report of the round table: Table-ronde_3février2015_compte-rendu1

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And here is a detailed outline of a brief from IPAM on the adoption of a special status for Montreal in April 2015: Mémoire-IPAM-Fiscalité-municipale.canevas.27fév

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Round Table of February 3, 2015 :: Municipal Taxation: new tools for municipal funding

Proud of the success of its previous round tables, the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM) invites you to save the date of its next round table, which will be about municipal taxation, the various financing tools available to your cities and their impacts on urban planning. This meeting will be held in the offices of Rayside Labossière, 1215 Ontario St. East (Montreal); Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm in an informal “5 à 7” context.

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IPAM Report on the Management and Development Plan

Last September, the council of the agglomeration of the City of Montreal presented its draft of the Management and Development Plan (SAD). Considering the importance of this document for the future of Montreal, on the 22nd September IPAM organised a round table for reflecting, with its partners, on the draft of the Plan and the elements that must be changed or added in order to respond to the present and future issues of the Montreal agglomeration. The discussion, the minutes of which can be found in the Annex, was rich in debate and allowed the identification of priorities for the IPAM community. This report is inspired by such reflections from the round table as well as from discussions that were had afterwards within IPAM.

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Minutes of the IPAM Round Table of September 22, 2014 on the Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD)

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives Montreal (IPAM), thirty Montreal participants gathered on Sept. 22, 2014, in order to discuss the draft of the Montréal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD), the adoption of which is expected in late December 2014.

In the form of open discussion, the exchange allowed participants from diverse backgrounds to compare their perception of the situation and their ideas. The discussion focused on what to prioritize, monitoring mechanisms and the means to realize that which is envisioned in the document. The role of SAD and its relationship with the PMAD and the urban planning that Montreal and related cities will have subsequently produced were also explored. It is expected that the discussions which took place at the round table will feed everyone’s reflections as part of the public consultations planned in the Fall.

Read (in French) the  minutes of the IPAM Round Table of 22 September 2014

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Round Table on the surplus hospital sites of Montréal

On February 13th, the second round table of the Montreal Institute for Alternative Policy (IPAM) was held on the surplus hospital sites in Montreal. This meeting brought together 45 participants from politics, academic and civil society was rich in ideas and proposals.

We are pleased to send you today the presentation document and the summary of the exchanges that took place during the event:

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Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize : Two Nominations at IPAM

The Ordre des urbanistes du Québec announced the names of the 30 laureates of the Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize during its 50th anniversary gala which took place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, last 23rd or October.

The Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize is awarded to non-urban planners of from all walks of society (citizens, elected officials, managers, promoters, professionnals, etc.) for their significant contribution to the growth of urban planning in Québec since 1963. The OUQ thus underscores that the improvement of our communities and the planning of our living environments concerns every citizen.

The OUQ also wanted to posthumously grant this title to Pauline Gauvin and Andrier Sainier for their contributions to urban planning.

IPAM is proud that two of its members, Dimitrios Roussopoulos and Ron Rayside, have also been nominated.

We invite you to consult the full list of laureates by following this link.

Plan de développement de Montréal : Compte rendu de la table ronde et mémoire par l’IPAM

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L’IPAM est fière de publier son mémoire conjointement avec SUP McGill au sujet du projet de Plan de développement de Montréal.

L’IPAM et l’École d’urbanisme de l’Université McGill saluent l’effort de taille que la Ville et ses professionnels ont fourni pour élaborer le PPDM. Ils reconnaissant la valeur du document en tant que synthèse de politiques et plans adoptés dnas les années récentes et en tant que cadre de référence pour des initiatives futures. Mais nous sommes d’avis que le document actuel doit être amélioré aux palier certaines faiblesses importantes.

Vous trouverez dans les documents suivants les diverses recommandations de l’IPAM et ses partenaires.

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SUP + IPAM : Mémoire sur le projet de plan de développement de Montréal (PDF)

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Compte rendu de la table ronde de l’IPAM sur le Plan de développement de Montréal (PDF)