• Green spaces the focus of Laval's new urban development plan

    Montreal Gazette

    Laval is favouring the creation and preservation of green spaces in their new 20-year urban development plan.

    The Schéma d’aménagement et de développement révisé details the city’s next steps for achieving the goals set out in their strategic vision document released two years ago. The plan, which will guide all urban development decisions for the next two decades, was approved by city council Tuesday night. 

    Under the plan, Bois de l’Équerre, a 5.5 hectare piece of land in St-Rose, Boisé du Souvenir in Laval-des-Rapides and the Totem trail in St-François will receive protected status. 

    The development also includes a plan to create a downtown core near Laval’s Montmorency métro station, which the document says will favour commercial development in the area. The city will accomplish this, in part, by improving infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists while investing in public green spaces to “reduce downtown’s vulnerability to climate change.” 

    The plan also states that any new developments of “metropolitan interest” must be within one kilometre of public transit.

    New constructions will be limited to six storeys in the majority of the city, with the exception of the planned downtown core. The city’s reasoning for this, the plan explains, is to link urban growth as much as possible.