An urban planner has come forward with an idea for a way to stop Royalmount, the controversial project in the Town of Mount Royal.
TL;DR An urban planner states that parties against Royalmount should come together to force the developer of the project to pay for all infrastructure work, a move which could block the project's construction. The project more generally calls into question Quebec's lax development laws.
Raphaël Fischler, dean of urban planning at Montreal, stated on Monday that the town of Montreal, the government of Quebec and the agglomeration council to halt Royalmount need to come together and require Carbonleo, the developer of Royalmount, to pay for all infrastructure work.
“I believe that the developer and T.M.R. can be brought to the table and forced to reconsider the project,” he stated. He also made comments that reinforce the views of many critics of the $2 billion project, namely stating that Royalmount would worsen the already terrible traffic congestions on the Decarie boulevard and Highway 40.
These comments were made days before the council's standing committee on urban and economic development and housing submits its recommendations on the project. The public hearings are set to start on Thursday, where drama is sure to go down.
Fischler is not the only urban planner to have concerns about the far-reaching consequences of Royalmount. Other planners have spoken out, saying that it is not fair that a few people should be able to control a project that will affect a vast proportion of the population. "I think it's a question of democracy," Fischer continues.
It seems that Royalmount has sparked a conversation about the poor urban planning of Montreal more generally. More green spaces and bike lanes are nice, sure, but there are few steps that are actually taken to ensure that new development projects will have positive impacts on Montreal residents, both those from downtown and those from boroughs.
Defenders of the project argue that halting Royalmount would be bad for Quebec's economy, as it would send the wrong signals to developers who are trying to inject money into the economy. And, after all, who doesn't want more money?
Are you hoping that this project will be abandoned? And is it really a question of democracy? Let us know what you think!