Government of Canada and FCM support sustainable neighbourhood plan in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville (07/05/2015)
An example of a sustainable neighbourhood like the one being planned in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville: Vauban’s sustainable neighbourhood in Freiburg (Germany). Residential streets become stand- alone public spaces and their design limits car circulation while encouraging walking and cycling.
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Brad Woodside, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the City of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. The community put the $88,385 in funding towards a sustainable neighbourhood plan for the 116 South district.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Mr. Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville build a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The 116 South district is bordered by highway 116 to the north and Massé creek to the south, Gardenvale Street to the east and highway 30 to the west. Since a sustainable neighbourhood is planned and built to reduce the environmental impact of human occupancy, the plan will be based on such criteria as density; diversity of uses; level of active and public transportation; construction of energy-efficient, sustainable buildings; incorporation of urban agriculture (an innovative component that could apply to many areas in Greater Montreal), integrated waste management, and protection and enhancement of natural environments.
The city retained Vivre en Ville to guide the project according to the principles in its sustainable neighbourhood charter, "Vers une charte des écoquartiers." The project's steering committee will include the city's elected representatives and urban development managers, as well as representatives of landowners and citizens. The resulting development vision will be discussed in a public forum.
"I am pleased about the feasibility study for a sustainable neighbourhood in Saint-Bruno. This is an examplary development project that focuses on innovation and the importance of good public services. I hope it will meet our citizens' expectations and fulfill their dreams," said Martin Murray, mayor of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. "Our children will inherit a better world!"
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.