Projet Montreal to hold public consultations on Mount Royal Rd
Projet Montreal has apparently listened and will be holding public consultations on their proposed plan to ban traffic from using Mount Royal, after bending to a petition signed by 26,000 people - who were adamantly opposed to the pilot project, which would see Camillien Houde Way closed to cars for the spring and summer of 2018. Sue Montgomery, mayor of CDN–NDG said at their borough's council meeting last night, after debating a motion by the opposition Ensemble Montréal, that Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante will be announcing a plan to consult the public, 'before, during and after' the pilot project.
The motion was adopted unanimously by the borough council, which included four Projet Montreal councillors and two opposition councillors, according to a Montreal Gazette report.
Luc Ferrandez, the city’s executive-committee member responsible for large parks and green spaces, announced the pilot project last February, creating a backlash from many people. He had said at the time, 'Mount Royal will become greener and safer, with fewer cars and less parking' - but clearly did not expect the passion Montrealers have for the mountain, whether drivers used the road as a shortcut or to enjoy the scenic ride.