Saint-Laurent adopts its priority projects for 2023
At its meeting on March 7, 2023, the Saint-Laurent Council adopted 96 priority projects for 2023.
Saint-Laurent administration wishes to mobilize both citizens and municipal staff around these projects this year. These priority projects stem from the Saint-Laurent Strategic Plan 2022-2025 adopted in September 2021. This plan is the result of a reflection, analysis and consultation exercise that began in October 2020, which brought together more than 500 people from community partners, staff and the Saint-Laurent population.
Saint-Laurent priority projects for 2023 are divided into the five strategic planning areas:
Focus 1 : The environment and implementation of the Climate Emergency Plan
The borough intends to continue implementing its 2021-2030 Climate Emergency Plan. To do so, several projects have been identified as priorities according to the three objectives of the plan: reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), reducing collective greenhouse gas emissions and protecting biodiversity and adapting to climate change. Thus, in order to contribute to the reduction of corporate GHGs, the borough will aim, among other things, to optimize the use of electric and hybrid vehicles, convert the lighting in the sports fields of parc Saint-Laurent and parc Marcel-Laurin to LEDs and improve the management of residual materials in municipal buildings. In terms of reducing collective GHGs, Saint-Laurent will continue to deploy several subsidy programs aimed at energy conservation and zero waste, implement organic waste collection in buildings with 21 to 60 units and participate in a project to guide families towards a zero waste lifestyle. The protection of biodiversity remains a priority for the borough. Therefore, several projects will be implemented throughout the year, including the continuation of the restoration of parc Marcel-Laurin woodland, a nature oasis in the heart of Saint-Laurent, the deployment of an urban agriculture program, the planting of 200 additional trees on the public domain and a distribution program for emergency situation kits.
Focus 2 : An inclusive living environment
The diversity of Saint-Laurent’s population is an asset in itself. Through the 2023 priority projects, Saint-Laurent hopes to further strengthen the ties within its community. Among other things, the borough plans to work on a precise assessment of the social development situation in the area, to put in place concrete mechanisms to encourage public participation, to facilitate access to culture for the entire community, to support and accompany community organizations that help newcomers and to set up a committee of partners on urban security and social cohesion to develop a concerted plan.
Focus 3 : Urban fabric
With its 42.8 square kilometers, the Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent requires effective planning of its urban fabric. It is therefore important to aim for sustainable urban development that respects the environment. To this end, the borough has planned several interventions on its territory, including the adoption of the Bois-Franc TOD urban plan, the planning of gateway sectors located at the borough’s boundaries, the development of a special urban planning program for the Technoparc, as well as participation in the development of the Ville de Montréal’s urban planning and mobility plan. We should also mention the inauguration of Maison Robert-Bélanger, which will add a municipal service point in the western sector of Saint-Laurent.
Focus 4 : Sustainable mobility
In order to meet the needs of the population in terms of mobility, the borough has identified projects that could improve travel and safety for all users. Among these, we find the construction of vegetated projections during geometric redevelopments on the local and arterial networks, the implementation of a road safety committee, the harmonization of parking restrictions on the territory by adding new time slots for on-street parking and allowing for the safe clearance of intersections.
Focus 5 : Responsible economy
In close collaboration with Excellence Industrielle Saint-Laurent, the borough intends to the necessary efforts to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. To achieve this, several projects have been identified, including the continuation of the ECO-Maillage program, the collaboration in the realization of the Rendez-vous laurentien de l’emploi and the promotion of local businesses while encouraging local hiring.
An additional focus has been added to reflect the efforts made on projects involving continuous improvement and performance within the organization. Thus, under this angle entitled Efficient Organization, we find projects such as the continuation of the borough’s participation in the pilot project for the Ville de Montreal’s new document management system, the deployment of the CLIC citizen request management system and the optimization of geomatics performance.
«Our 2023 priority projects are the line that will guide our actions throughout the year. We have identified projects that respond to the needs and concerns of the population and the community. Thus, the safety of living environments, the inclusiveness of various groups present on the territory and the responsible economy will be among our priorities this year. Not to mention, of course, all our projects in sustainable development and urban planning. Our teams are ready to take action.»