In June, the City of Côte Saint-Luc began the process of gathering feedback from the public on our proposed revision to the municipal Master Plan and Zoning By-law revision documents. We want to capture your values and the essence of what makes our city home to you. This is your opportunity to speak up.
Last week we held a virtual information session about the future of our three shopping mall sites. If you missed it, log on to this video. For residents of District 2, go to the 48 minute mark to learn more about the Quartier Cavendish. The owners seek to create a modern, accessible and sustainable mixed-use project that offers commercial spaces, retail and residential units. They envision bike paths that would allow people to take advantage of a network of pocket parks and have ready access to surrounding community facilities. In addition, the project would integrate a new food court with an outdoor terrace. A public transportation hub is envisioned as well. It would integrate with current and future transit connections such as the Cavendish extension.
A few days after the virtual information meeting, we hosted an Open House for the Master Plan at the Aquatic and Community Centre.
We have launched a survey that every resident should complete:
On October 26 and 27, there will be public hearings at City Hall where citizens can present briefs.
Our city now has some 35,000 residents. Despite the efforts we made to publicize our activities thus far, citizen engagement has been low. I just want to applaud the efforts of our senior staff for making every effort to ensure the population is informed. Nobody should be coming to us and say they did not know about this.
No decisions have been made yet. In fact, what we see at the present time are merely wish lists on the part of the shopping center owners. There are many steps city council will need to follow such as adopting an actual master plan and new zoning by-laws, engaging in formal public consultations and of course allowing our citizens to have the final word.
Like my constituents, I am learning more about this process each day. The owners of Quartier Cavendish maintain they need a major refurbishment of their property to stay in business.
When would any construction work begin? It could be as early as 2024, but might take longer. This work would be done in stages over many years. In 2023 I will be holding meetings with residents, including the owners of the Quartier Cavendish.
Please stay connected to www.cotesaintluc.org/engage for regular updates on this process.