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.

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 to Chantal St-Laurent at 450-455-3371 ext. 2038.