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The City of Saint-Lambert is thrilled to have reached an agreement regarding the Parc Jean-Drapeau noise issue

Tuesday 17 November 2020

The City of Saint-Lambert is pleased to inform its citizens that it has reached an agreement with the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) and L’Aréna des Canadiens inc. (evenko) aimed at establishing the parameters under which music events can be held at Parc Jean-Drapeau over the next five years.

This agreement sets a noise limit. Noise levels will be measured at a control point located approximately half-way between the new amphitheatre in the Park and Riverside Street in Saint-Lambert. Based on calculations made by the City’s experts, by imposing this limit, the noise level that will be perceived in Saint-Lambert’s residential neighbourhoods and originating from Parc Jean-Drapeau (disruptive noise), will be roughly equivalent, in terms of intensity, to that normally measured on Saint-Lambert territory when no music concerts are taking place (residual noise).

In addition, the SPJD and Evenko have given Saint-Lambert a commitment that they will restrict the low-frequency noises produced during these music events to a level compliant with that recommended in Memorandum of Instruction 98-01 from the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte aux changements climatiques.

To ensure that these limits are respected, the SPJD has undertaken to send the noise level readings collected at the established control point to Saint-Lambert on a weekly basis.

Lastly, the agreement stipulates that from May 1 to the first Monday in September of each year, there may not be more than 19 days reserved for holding major events, including a maximum of 15 days between July 1 and the first Monday in September. The following will be considered major events: ‘77 Montreal shows, Heavy MTL, Osheaga, Lasso and IleSoniq, as well as any other events attended by more than 20,000 spectators.

The City of Saint-Lambert considers that the implementation of these restrictive measures will considerably reduce the noise inconveniences experienced by Lambertans as a result of the music events held at Parc Jean-Drapeau. It will also bring to an end the legal proceedings underway between the parties regarding this issue. The City wishes to point out as well that both parties to the agreement have undertaken to collaborate closely in effectively enforcing the agreement, which will go a long way towards its success.

The City of Saint-Lambert will make no further comment on this subject until the agreement has been duly ratified by all parties concerned. 

In replay
You can listen to the explanations of our attorney in this case, Me Alain Chevrier, concerning the scope of the agreement during the municipal council meeting on November 16, 2020.

The video of the meeting is available on the site. His explanations begin at 1 hour 34 minutes and 30 seconds.

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For more information, you can also consult the press release published by the City of Montreal regarding this agreement.