Concrete actions to optimize the advancement of real estate projects

Last updated March 22, 2023
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The city wishes to accelerate real estate development and build complete and inclusive neighbourhoods. To clear the existing hurdles, it has established an advisory committee, called Cellule facilitatrice, and deployed a pilot project in 4 boroughs and at the future Namur-Hippodrome ecodistrict.

A constructive dialogue with the real estate community

The members of the Cellule facilitatrice, created in 2021, play a leading role in the real estate industry. They share with the city a common desire to improve the reception, support and completion of quality projects that are innovative, sustainable, and integrated in their communities. Their work covers the development vision and progression of projects, as well as consultations and communications.

Members of the Cellule

  • Yves Bellavance, Coordinator, Coalition montréalaise des Tables de quartier
  • Jean-Francois Burdet, Vice-President, Allied
  • Anne Cormier, Full Professor, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal
  • Édith Cyr, Executive Director, Bâtir son quartier
  • Jean-Marc Fournier, President-CEO, Institut de développement urbain du Québec (IDU)
  • Roger Plamondon, President, Groupe immobilier Broccolini
  • Martin Raymond, Senior Vice-President, Investments, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ
  • Nancy Shoiry, Executive Director, Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)
  • Natalie Voland, President and Chief Vision Officer, Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis

4 major objectives

The exercise gave rise to the following objectives:

  1. Accelerate the authorization of projects
  2. Optimize consultation and citizen participation processes
  3. Offer greater predictability to real estate development actors
  4. Offer project leaders a much-improved experience

12 months, 4 pilot boroughs, 1 ecodistrict

The work undertaken by the Cellule facilitatrice has helped identify dozens of tools and potential solutions. Over the course of a year, these tools and solutions will be tested and refined through various hands-on projects in the following 4 boroughs:

  • LaSalle
  • Le Sud-Ouest
  • Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
  • Ville-Marie

Added to the projects undertaken in the pilot boroughs is the transformation of the old hippodrome into an ecodistrict.

The winning solutions will then be applied across all the boroughs.

Some 80 major projects targeted

Whether residential, industrial or commercial, all the projects submitted to the pilot approach have a strategic character. Each includes a certain degree of complexity and has at least one of the following characteristics:

  • project valued at $10 million or more
  • project valued at $3 million or more that meets one of the city’s action or development priorities
  • project that includes social, affordable and family housing 

The new projects that are submitted in the pilot boroughs and that meet these criteria will automatically be included in the pilot exercise.

The city aims to have about 80 projects take part in the experience, in addition to the Namur-Hippodrome ecodistrict. 

The main thrust of the action plan