Grand parc de l’Ouest

On September 18, the Municipal Council of Senneville held a special sitting to adopt a Resolution opposing the adoption of the By-law concerning the establishment and designation of the Grand Parc de l'Ouest proposed by the City of Montreal.  The By-law was to be adopted at the meeting of the Agglomeration Council on September 19.  Following our representations, the Agglomeration Council postponed the adoption of the By-law in order to give us the opportunity to find common ground on the local issues raised.

Although we welcome the vision and political courage of the Plante administration to protect the existing natural spaces on the Island of Montreal, we are opposed in particular to the proposed boundaries of the Grand parc, and to the effects on property and taxation in our municipality. We deem Montreal’s lack of prior political collaboration with Senneville on this project as unacceptable.

To form the Grand parc de l'Ouest, Senneville will have to provide more than 475 hectares, or nearly 15% of the total area of the Grand Parc. However, this area represents 66% of our territory. As a reminder, our natural environments are already protected by our urban planning regulations based on a zoning system that preserves natural environments and promotes sustainable development principles based on the designation of the Senneville Forest Eco territory.  In short, Senneville already has its own large park that respects private properties and maintains a fiscal balance.

For Senneville, the Grand parc de l'Ouest represents a guaranteed loss of taxes or in lieu of taxes on future acquisitions. In addition, it will result in downward revisions of the property values of properties located within the boundaries of the Grand parc.

The territory of Senneville is already very well preserved and contributes to the 10% objective of protecting the natural environments on the Island of Montreal. The creation of the Grand parc, without immediate acquisition and compensation, is unacceptable to our citizens and future generations.

We will keep you informed of developments in this matter. In the meantime, you can consult the Resolution opposing the adoption of the Regulation