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Project for implementation of the new City Hall

Questions and answers

Why decide to purchase instead of continuing to rent? 

The lease for the building located at 2555 Dutrisac Street ends in April 2019. With the building now up for sale, we were forced to consider either renting out another location or purchasing a lot. At current market prices, renting would represent an annual expense of $300,000. Building a new city hall has been part of the City’s plans for several years. However, the municipal council wished to complete other major projects first—the firehouses, arena, the Saint-Charles viaduct, the filtration plant, the water treatment plant and the future library expansion. Having been a tenant since 1977, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is now at the point where it is ready to build a City Hall it can be proud of.  

Where is the chosen site located?

The municipal council has chosen 405 Saint-Charles Avenue as the location for the future city hall building. Several possible locations were evaluated. However, this particular location stood out from the rest and was unanimously chosen by elected officials. The home located at 405 Saint-Charles Avenue is owned by Corporation Maurice-Ratté. The total lot is 187,740 square feet. 

What is the surface area of the building?

A firm of architects has confirmed the feasibility of constructing a building with a surface area of 11,200 square feet, which is comparable to the footprint of the neighboring building (Office municipal d'habitation). Based on our preliminary analysis, the building will likely have three floors. The total floor area wwill be approximately 33,600 square feet.

What surface area will be occupied by the future city hall building and parking lot?

According to the feasibility study, the footprint of the building, the front yard and the parking lot should be approximately 45,500 square feet, which reprensents 24% of the site's overall surface area. The City Hall will be located at the heart of Vaudreuil-Dorion, on an exceptional site that will be transformed into a park made accessible to all. The goal is to ensure that the building takes up a minimal surface area so that as much green space as possible can be left for citizens to enjoy.  

Did you consider any other sites?

Several sites were assessed, including one on Harwood Boulevard. But, in the end, the waterfront property located at 405 Saint-Charles Avenue, overshadowed all of the other options. The lot amounted to approximately $5 per square foot compared to almost $20 per square foot for the lot on Harwood Boulevard, and would leave plenty of space to create an immense park for citizens to enjoy. The other lots that were considered ranged from $18 to $30 a square foot, making them much more expensive in comparison.  

Will the new City Hall building be constructed in a flood-risk zone?  

The building will be located in the front portion of the lot, directly along Saint-Charles Avenue, and therefore outside of any flood-risk zone. Any institutional building erected in a flood-risk zone must first receive special authorization from the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, which was not required in our case.  

Will many trees be cut down?

We will preserve as many trees as possible. An aerial view of the lot clearly shows that the area occupied by the City Hall building is minimal compared to the rest of the lot. We will also plant new trees in order to replace those that are cut in the construction process.  

How many parking spaces will be provided?

Approximately 60 employees work at City Hall. The projected parking lot will include 80 parking spaces and will be a green parking lot, which is environmentally friendly and reduces heat islands by being asphalt free.

Will you include green spaces?

Yes. In fact, the majority of the lot will be preserved and turned into a waterfront park overlooking the Bay of Vaudreuil. The entire lot will be accessible to citizens and may include community gardens, benches, swings and a site for fishing. The City already owns other waterfront property from Maison-Valois Park to Esther-Blondin Park. We are currently looking at the possibility of connecting these spaces through a boardwalk.   

Will taxes increase as a result of this project?

The project aimed at building a new City Hall has been part of the municipality’s   plans for several years. If we consider the fact that, without the new building, the city would still have to pay approximately $300,000 in rent per year, and that funds have been set aside specifically for this project, we can ensure that citizens’ tax bills will not be affected as a result of this particular project.  

When will the project be completed?

The project is expected to be completed by Winter 2019.

Parking at Centre Multisports : Long-term zone to be added

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has decided to establish a long-term zone in the parking lot of Centre Multisports, close by the Vaudreuil train station. “Since last Monday, we have been studying the volume of traffic at the Centre Multisports parking lot and we see that we can free up space for users of the station. We are aware that the most difficult months are December, January and February when snow obstructs the space and takes up many parking places. Starting today, we will be providing 55 long-term parking spaces. This will not solve everything, but we are fully aware of the problems faced by our residents,” stated Mayor Guy Pilon.

On March 13th, Mayor Guy Pilon held a press conference to announce a new regulation for the Centre Multisports parking lot, namely a maximum stay of four consecutive hours. This decision resulted from numerous complaints filed by Centre Multisports users in recent months.

“While we’re waiting for the station parking lot to be finished, shuttle buses or a valet parking service like Saint-Lambert are a possibility for next winter. The AMT and the MTQ have to solve the problem. The number of people using the commuter train and the A-40 is constantly increasing. The Centre Multisports clientele is also growing and there have been numerous complaints about the lack of parking space since January. We can’t ignore this very legitimate request, as the parking lot belongs to Centre Multisports. Commuter train users also have their own space. The MTQ has the power to arrive at a solution. I will make sure that they don’t forget their commitment,” added Mayor Guy Pilon.

A meeting is scheduled between the AMT and Mayor Guy Pilon at City Hall on April 13th. The Mayor will discuss parking problems and measures to ease the situation.

French status

Vaudreuil-Dorion is a unilingually French city, a status that was determined by the Government of Québec.

In order for a municipality to offer services in both official languages, half of its population must be residents whose mother tongue is English, which is not currently the case for Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Because of this status, the Charter of the French language requires that only French be used in posting, writing and publishing documents, except where health or public safety also requires the use of another language.

Portrait de la Ville

Située tout juste à l’ouest de l’île de Montréal, bordée par la rivière des Outaouais, le lac des Deux Montagnes, les voies ferrées du Canadien National et du Canadien Pacifique et les autoroutes 20, 30 et 40, Vaudreuil-Dorion est une ville en effervescence offrant de nombreux projets résidentiels, des emplois de qualité et plusieurs zones commerciales.

Vaudreuil-Dorion en chiffres

  • Une population de 38 021 citoyens (le double d’il y a 15 ans)
  • La 30e ville québécoise en termes de population
  • L’âge moyen de la population : 37 ans
  • Nommée l’une de trois villes affichant le plus haut taux de natalité au Québec en 2010, 2011 et 2012
  • Un territoire de 73,1 km2
  • Évaluation résidentielle moyenne de 309 700 $
  • Une équipe de quelque 300 employés, permanents et temporaires, qui œuvrent à livrer des services de qualité

« Vaudreuil-Dorion a connu une croissance rapide, mais bien planifiée. Le taux de taxation y est de beaucoup inférieur à celui de Montréal, et l’un des plus bas de la région. L’abondance de projets domiciliaires permet l’accession à la propriété selon les capacités budgétaires de chacun. » Le maire Guy Pilon

Milieu de vie

Vaudreuil-Dorion se distingue par la splendeur de ses plans d’eau, la richesse de son patrimoine bâti et la diversité des services qui y sont offerts, parmi lesquels :

  • Plus de 50 parcs aménagés, avec modules de jeux, jeux d’eau et terrains sportifs
  • Plusieurs infrastructures sportives : arénas, piscines, parcs de planches à roulettes, terrains de tennis, de soccer, de volleyball de plage, de baseball, etc., sans compter le terrain de football synthétique et le Centre Multisports, le plus grand centre sportif de la région
  • Une bibliothèque municipale ouverte 7 jours sur 7, offrant aussi un milieu de vie et des activités, soirées-rencontres, expositions, heures du conte, etc.
  • Des attraits culturels de qualité : édifices patrimoniaux, Ciné-club La boîte lumineuse, Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil, Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Maison Trestler, une société de généalogie et une société d’archéologie, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns
  • De nombreux événements qui animent la communauté : Festival de cirque, défilé Mozaïk, Les Seigneuriales, La Grande Vadrouille, O Tour de Félix, Trestler Fest, Marché de Noël

Éducation

Dès leur plus jeune âge, les enfants ont accès à des services de qualité, et ce, à quelques pas de leur résidence :

  • De nombreux centres de la petite enfance et garderies privées
  • Neuf écoles primaires, dont une trilingue et une anglophone
  • Une école secondaire
  • Le Centre de formation professionnelle Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, qui est entre autres la seule usine-école de traitement de l’eau au Canada
  • Le centre des Belles-Rives (éducation aux adultes)
  • Des programmes universitaires offerts par l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Transport

Vaudreuil-Dorion est située à la jonction des trois principales autoroutes : la 20, la 30 et la 40. Elle est aussi traversée par deux lignes de chemin de fer, soit celle du Canadien Pacifique et du Canadien National. Le système de transport en commun est déjà très bien développé, autant à l’intérieur du territoire que vers Montréal, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield et les municipalités de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. On y trouve :

  • Le Conseil intermunicipal de transport (CIT) de La Presqu’île
  • Deux gares de train en direction de Montréal
  • L’Express A40 : un service d’autobus reliant Vaudreuil-Dorion au métro Côte-Vertu
  • Un circuit d’autobus express entre la gare de Vaudreuil et Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
  • Un service de transport adapté

Santé

Deux cliniques médicales ont pignon sur rue à Vaudreuil-Dorion. On y trouve des médecins généralistes et des médecins spécialisés, en plus d’un service sans rendez-vous. Depuis 2014, un nouvel édifice sur le boulevard de la Gare regroupe le CLSC et le Centre de services ambulatoires de Vaudreuil-Dorion, incluant un centre de prélèvement sans rendez-vous.

En 2016, le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux a officiellement annoncé le lieu où sera construit le futur centre hospitalier de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, soit le terrain situé à l’intersection des autoroutes 30 et 40, sur le boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, au croisement du chemin de la Petite-Rivière. La construction pourrait s’amorcer au cours des prochaines années.

Emploi

Vaudreuil-Dorion compte huit parcs industriels, dont le plus important de la MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. L’entreprise Ericsson y a d’ailleurs récemment investi 1,2 milliard de dollars pour la construction de son nouveau centre de technologies de l’information, dont les activités ont commencé en 2016. Il s’agit du plus important investissement privé du 21e siècle au Québec. 

Les principaux secteurs d’activités sont le commerce de détail et la fabrication. Les domaines de l’hébergement/restauration, les soins de santé et l’assistance sociale, l’enseignement, le transport et l’entreposage proposent aussi de nombreux emplois. 

Le taux de chômage pour la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges en 2015 était de 4,5 %.