Sur Harwood

Many issues affect the Harwood – De Lotbinière sector. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion intends to coordinate the redevelopment of this important part of our territory with a clear, integrated, long-term plan to ensure optimal and harmonious growth of the central district.

Context

For years, the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des Transports du Québec has promised to complete Highway 20 between Vaudreuil-Dorion and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. This ten-kilometre stretch is the only incomplete section between Ontario and L'Isle-Verte. In the Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the government reiterated its intention to construct this missing section on the existing right-of-way, along the Canadian National Railway line. This major project will inaugurate new infrastructures that will impact greatly on businesses and community life.

The City believes that the Harwood Boulevard sector, with part of Lotbinière and Chicoine, is suited to revitalization.

Several existing constraints in the sector offer pointers for establishing a coherent development vision:

  • Highly vehicle-oriented layout, not suited to pedestrians, cyclists, young people and those with reduced mobility
  • Insufficient greenery
  • Absence of architectural harmony and consistency 

On the other hand, some factors confer some distinction on the sector and will foster its development potential:

  • Existing heritage and historical aspects (the ruins of the watermill, Maison Trestler, Dorion station, Old Dorion, etc.)
  • Enchanting natural setting (Ottawa River and riverbank landscape)
  • Projected section of the Route verte (connectivity with the City's cycling network and a recreational/tourist attraction)
  • Numerous small businesses
  • Many underutilized lots
  • Existence of public transit system of metropolitan status

Review of public consultations

Between October 2014 and October 2015, a major public consultation process was undertaken by the City as part of the revitalization project for Harwood Boulevard and surrounding area.

Five information sessions, an online survey, four participatory design workshops, submissions from five local organizations, a public hearings evening and a health impact assessment conducted by the Direction de la santé publique de la Montérégie provided a comprehensive picture of the territory. The public consultations in search of solutions involved several development stakeholders and greatly benefitted the enquiry, of which this program is a result.

Record of actions taken

  • October 2014: Four public information sessions on the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector revitalization project.
  • November 2014: Online survey on the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector revitalization project.
  • November 2014: Participatory design workshops on the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector revitalization project.
  • December 2014: Five reports filed on the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector revitalization project.
  • February 2015: Public hearings and adoption of Special Planning Program (PPU) project for Harwood-De Lotbinière sector.
  • March 2015: Formal consultation on the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector PPU project.
  • 2015: Renovation of facades and buildings on Place Dumont.
  • 2015: Launch of the « Fête urbaine à la place Dumont ».
  • 2015: Tree planting at Sabourin Park.
  • Spring 2016: Acquisition of 29 Pasold Avenue for long-term development, all within the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector PPU vision.
  • Fall 2016: Construction of the regional civic hub at 280 Harwood Boulevard.
  • Summer 2017: Adoption of the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector PPU and amendments to urban planning by-laws to incorporate the development vision for the sector.
  • Summer 2017: Redevelopment of Avenue de la Fabrique, where lighting work, ground marking and construction of a bicycle lane were completed. Traffic calming measures were undertaken (grass curbs). Street furniture was also added.
  • Summer 2017: Infrastructure Canada worked closely with the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada to implement this compensation project that, in addition to its many environmental benefits, will improve fishing conditions in the Vaudreuil Rapids sector. Work will continue until the fall of 2018.
  • Spring 2018: Beginning of a special construction project (PPCMOI) aimed at the re-designation of 335 Chicoine (former Valdo bowling alley) for mixed building purposes.
  • May 2018: The Harwood Committee, made up of local elected officials, City employees and partners, was formed to make recommendations to City Council and achieve the goals outlined in the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector PPU.
  • Summer 2018: Development of a municipal parking lot on Chicoine at the rear of the regional civic hub. A total of 51 parking spaces was developed and approximately 40 trees were planted.
  • Summer 2018: Construction of a multipurpose bicycle lane on Harwood Boulevard, between Taschereau Bridge and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Avenue, to ensure the safety of users.
  • July 2018: For the first year, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion hosted the Festival artefact that was held from July 26 to 28, as part of the « Fête urbaine à la place Dumont ».
  • September 2018: Installation of an urban work of art created by the artist Tina Struthers and over 300 participants as part of cultural mediation workshops referring to the « prix international de Mexico du CGLU » won by the City in 2016.
  • 2019: As part of the festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the merger, the water tower located near Place Dumont will be transformed into a visual and digital work of art in 2019. A firm of artists specialized in this type of project will be mandated to complete the task. Local artists and citizens will also be involved in helping give this imposing structure a second life. This project will be carried out as part of an agreement with Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des communications.

Programme particulier d’urbanisme—PPU (special urban planning program)

The Programme particulier d’urbanisme—PPU (special urban planning program) is a component of the urban plan that allows for more precise planning of certain sectors of special concern and interest to Municipal Council. The PPU is a planning tool that provides an effective management mechanism that local municipalities can establish under the Loi sur l’aménagement et l’urbanisme (Act Respecting Land Use Planning and Development).

The PPU is an excellent lever for the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion to orchestrate the redevelopment of the neighbourhood by planning land allocation and occupation density, layout and size of roads, location of municipal equipment, nature of public spaces, identification of development partners, rules governing urban planning regulations, implementation of various programs (acquisition of buildings, subsidies, tax credits, etc.), construction schedules, project duration, implementation costs, etc.

The PPU project was presented to residents on October 15, 2015 by City officials.

Consult the Harwood PPU Project presented on October 15, 2015.

Presentation on Sur Harwood Project – October 15, 2015

Questions?

Please share any comments or questions related to this revitalization project by email or at 450-455-3371 ext. 2038.