Revamping our land-use plan and by-laws

The last land-use master plan and the related by-laws took effect in 2008. This means that our tools are very outdated and much in need of revamping.

In 2019, we began the process of revamping these tools to ensure that they continue to meet citizens’ needs, while adapting them to the new realities of our community.

This process will also provide the opportunity to bring Saint-Lambert’s land-use master plan and by-laws into compliance with the Agglomération de Longueuil’s Schéma d’aménagement et de développement [land use and development plan], which was adopted in 2016. This is a legal obligation.

Why do so?

The purpose of this process is not to transform the city, but rather to ensure its sustainability by incorporating updates that reflect your vision of the future and comply with legal obligations.

This process benefits our community in a number of ways:

As our city is already completely built up, we must be creative if we are to continue prospering. The land-use master plan allows us to reach this objective through compact, human-scale land-use in harmony with the existing environment. The revamped master plan will therefore include measures designed to:

  • redevelop sectors with potential for improvement (Saint-Charles Avenue, the downtown core and Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard),
  • create opportunities for welcoming new residents, and
  • integrate innovations and forward-looking trends to preserve our city’s attractiveness and appeal.

The people of Saint-Lambert cherish the quality of life they find here. The aim of the land-use master plan is to maintain the community’s distinctive character and quality of life. The plan will therefore include measures designed to:

  • focus on maintaining much-appreciated facilities and services,
  • preserve our rich heritage, and
  • retain the specific charm of the various neighbourhoods.

To ensure its long-term viability and respect for the local environment, a municipality must integrate sustainable development into its management practices. The revamped land-use plan pays close attention to helping the entire population find fulfillment, within the city’s environmental and financial means. The plan will therefore include measures designed to:

  • enhance the city’s tree canopy and green spaces,
  • incorporate diversity into residential projects and municipal facilities,
  • optimize facilities that promote socialization and citizen participation, and
  • support and encourage economic development.

Our land-use plan must fit into a broader regional plan encompassing more than just our city. Among other things, the revamping process brings Saint-Lambert into compliance with the new requirements of the Schéma d’aménagement et de développement de l’agglomération de Longueuil (Agglomération de Longueuil land use and development plan). In force since December 2016, the Schéma is in turn based on the Plan d’aménagement et de développement (Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan) of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM).

With at least a minimum of standards needing to be integrated into our land-use plan and by-laws, the broader regional plans ensure a coherent vision of regional economic, social and environmental development.

Process

The revamping process is highly complex and spans a period of several months. Our current elected municipal officers are continuing the initial work begun by the previous city council to ensure that their efforts faithfully represent the vision which they and their fellow citizens hold of our city’s future.


Before revamping its land-use master plan, the Ville de Saint-Lambert held a number of public consultations to learn about its citizens’ hopes and dreams for their city’s future. This process, carried out in 2019, gave more than 500 people the opportunity to express their views on their city’s development.

Accordingly, in 2019, the City carried out an exercise aimed at producing a sustainable land-use vision for its territory. The exercise culminated in City Council’s adoption of Saint-Lambert’s Sustainable Land-Use Vision 2035 on August 26, 2019, under the theme “a city that enhances its strengths while respecting its identity (including its heritage and culture).”

This vision, with its 20-year horizon, will guide and influence all future documents related to land use and development in Saint-Lambert.

The preliminary versions were prepared on the basis of Sustainable Land-Use Vision 2035. These versions were presented to the public in spring 2021, and citizens were given the opportunity to voice their opinions and exchange thoughts and ideas with each other.

The results of these consultations were taken into account in the drafts that will be adopted at the May 16, 2022 City Council meeting. Over the past few months, council members have reviewed all the drafts to ensure that they meet the current needs of both the City and its population.

The main changes incorporated into the drafts retained are as follows:

  • Ensure that the Saint-Charles Avenue sector is developed in keeping with the current features (building heights, density control tools and traffic calming measures).
  • Encourage diversified housing and services city-wide to accommodate different needs and incomes, especially those of young people, families and seniors.
  • Make the Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard sector a health hub, promoting healthy lifestyle and dietary habits to complement already established health services.
  • Expand the mix of land uses permitted for the Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard sector.
  • Give priority to developing a distinctive signature in the downtown core through lighting and night landscaping, for example.

News consultations on the drafts adopted (2022)

City Council adopted the draft land-use plan and by-laws (construction, zoning, subdivision, etc.) at its May 16, 2022 meeting. These drafts were presented to the public at the three consultation meetings held on June 7, 14, and 15, 2022.

To ensure an informative and totally transparent experience, an independent firm of experts – the Institut du Nouveau Monde – assisted City Council in carrying out these consultations. The residents who attended had the chance to voice their comments and concerns about the drafts adopted by Council.

Click on the tabs below to see the drafts presented at the consultation meetings.

The land-use master plan adopted describes the city in seven sectors that constitute living environments and relatively homogenous entities from the historical, geographical, typomorphological, economic and functional viewpoints. The master plan also includes three specific land-use plans for the Saint-Charles Avenue, Village (downtown core) and Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard sectors (Route 112).

In summary, here are the priority objectives identified for each sector.

Old Saint-Lambert

  • Protect and showcase its heritage.
  • Add points of service for businesses and local services.

Saint-Charles Haut Saint-Lambert

  • Prepare a special planning program (PPU) for developing this sector.
  • Increase the number of islands of freshness by encouraging the greening of public and private spaces.
  • Extend the Coulée verte (green corridor) as a main axis.

The Village

  • Update the special planning program in force for the downtown core.
  • Protect and showcase its heritage.
  • Initiate reflection on the rear parking lots and the requalification of industrial lands.

Victoria Park Alexandra

  • Prepare a special planning program (PPU) for redeveloping the sector around Highway 112.
  • Develop a sustainable mobility plan to improve safety and user-friendliness along Highway 112.
  • Protect and showcase its heritage.

Houde

  • Increase the tree canopy and reduce the heat islands.
  • Plan how to consolidate all commercial activities on Victoria Avenue (at the intersection with Churchill Boulevard).

Préville

  • Protect and showcase its heritage.
  • Develop a sustainable mobility plan that will help strengthen the north-south public transit and active transportation links within the city.
  • Develop a master plan for parks and green spaces to define a distinctive and appropriate program for optimizing the potential of Du Havre Park.

Préville-les-Champs

  • Plan how to consolidate all commercial activities on Victoria Avenue.
  • Allow the creation of more housing units in the Plamondon and De Navarre sector that is located near the REM’s Panama station.
  • Develop a sustainable mobility plan that will reinforce the north-south public transit and active transportation links within the city.

As part of the process of revamping its land-use tools, the Ville de Saint-Lambert is also revamping its by-laws pertaining to zoning, subdivision, construction and permits and certificates, which have been in force since 2009. In addition, it will be reworking the by-law pertaining to site planning and the architectural planning program (SPAIP), which dates from 1996.

Submission of written documents

Residents also had the opportunity to express their opinions or comments in greater detail in written documents ranging from a few sentences long to a full brief. They had until June 17 to submit their documents on our website.

Did you miss the consultations?

If so, you can view the replays on our YouTube page.

Watch the consultation of June 7 Watch the consultation of June 14 Watch the consultation of June 15

You can also consult the PowerPoint presentations made on June 7 and 14.

The June 15 public consultation meeting involved questions and additional comments but no PowerPoint presentation.

Consult the presentation of June 7 Consult the presentation of June 14

Next steps

The consultation report prepared by the firm will be made public and posted here. City Council will then take into account all comments collected in order to improve the land-use tools.

Council hopes to adopt the final versions in July 2022. Once they are adopted, they will be submitted for the following approvals:

Within 30 days of the adoption of the by-laws, citizens may request that they be examined by the CMQ to determine whether they comply with the revised land-use plan. If such a request is made, the CMQ has 60 days to issue its opinion.

  • A register of eligible voters must be kept within 45 days of adoption of the by-law, ideally after the CMQ’s notice of compliance has been issued. A minimum of 1,700 signatures are required to trigger the referendum process.
  • if applicable, a vote must be held within 120 days of approval by the Regional County Municipality (RCM) and the CMQ’s notice of compliance.

The Agglomération de Longueuil will have 120 days following the date of transmission of the adopted by-laws to validate their compliance with the land-use plan.

We hope to bring the revamped land-use plan and by-laws into force this fall (2022) once this process has been completed.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the process, please contact us at urbanisme@saint-lambert.ca.

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