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The Petite Rivière site

  The Petite Rivière site: as it is now

Petite Rivière will bring the hidden character of the property to light

The creative process that resulted in the Petite Rivière project included observation of social systems, ecosystems and the constructed environment as well as an assessment of the returns from the creation of a new community. Groupe Pacific is proposing a revitalization plan that is within the current capacity of the site. The project is a response to the issues raised by the detailed guidelines for the site contained in the City of Montreal’s 2004 Master Plan. It also addresses issues we brought to light and those raised by community and municipal representatives in the course of our 2007 research when Groupe Pacific invited a number of experts to assess the site on several dimensions.

Status report on the current state of the property

Our group of experts analyzed the site on several levels and from several angles and came to the following conclusions. The site itself offers a myriad of opportunities in line with its history, its characteristics and its location. The current property, occupied by the Meadowbrook Golf Club, is ecologically dormant but it can be regenerated to support a wider diversity of plant and animal life.

In short, with its natural assets and its natural systems, the site, in its current state, has the basics needed to regenerate its ecosystems.

The site revitalization program: a summary

  Landscape drainage ditch

The existing wooded areas that will provide the starting point for ecological regeneration are significant wild species preserves and provide natural habitats. These areas could serve as home bases for wild species as part of a plan to increase biodiversity and enrich future natural habitats.

Zoning regulations

The site straddles two municipalities, Côte Saint-Luc and Montreal (Lachine Borough), with the dividing line more or less in the middle, running along the railway track and Côte-Saint-Luc Road. It is bounded to the north by the City of Montreal West and to the south by the former Ville Saint-Pierre which is now part of the City of Montreal (Lachine Borough).

The Montreal-Lachine Borough sector is zoned “residential,” which permits the erection of buildings with a maximum of 8 stories and a low - or medium-density constructed area.

The western sector of the site, owned by Canadian Pacific, and the railway track that runs along the southern border, are designated as a “major transport corridor” by the City of Montreal. The opposite sector on the south side of the track (the industrial park located on the north side of Highway 20 and accessed by Norman Street) is zoned as an “employment area.”

In the City of Montreal’s 2004 Master Plan adopted in October 2005, the Meadowbrook sector is identified as one of pan-Montreal interest. More specifically, the Plan sets the following guidelines for planning of the site:

  • Establish a coordination mechanism to bring together all concerned stakeholders.
  • Consider accessibility and traffic issues in order to better connect the area, particularly Norman.
  • Consider the construction of a commuter train station should the real estate development option be chosen for the sector
  • Mitigate annoyances caused by railway operations in living environments.
  • Take the current capacity of the water and sewer infrastructure into account.
  • Enhance the site’s landscape features and preserve trees of interest.

All of these were taken into consideration in the planning of the new Petite Rivière community: either directly incorporated into the design strategies themselves; or within the framework of joint “pilot project” studies conducted with the appropriate authorities or as the subject of a process to be defined in collaboration with the municipalities concerned.

  The site (dotted red) and municipal limits (in black)


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