• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion business survey will identify future commercial development strategies


Representatives from Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV) will visit some 275 establishments from now until mid-February in the Harwood-De Lotbinière area to compile data that will be used to paint an accurate picture of business development throughout Vaudreuil-Dorion.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV) will be carrying out a census of businesses and services located in the Harwood-De Lotbinière area in order to properly analyze the commercial makeup of the sector.

DEV representatives will visit some 275 establishments from now until mid-February to compile data that will be used to paint an accurate picture of business development throughout the city. The survey will identify strengths, weaknesses, and obstacles to overcome regarding the future commercial development of the sector.

Attracting new businesses

“This analysis will enable us to understand commercial needs and, as such, attract new businesses that will enable us to meet these needs by providing a quality environment for citizens from surrounding neighbourhoods, said Mayor Guy Pilon.

“This is a large survey. We want to have a complete and accurate picture of the types of businesses that are located in this sector,” Pilon told The Journal during a telephone interview on January 23.

“The main issue is to know who is there. Sometimes there will be a numbered address with an A, B or C, and we don’t know what type of business is there. Most of the time it’s a personal business with one, two, or three employees. Sometimes the owner is the only employee but we need to know who they are,” said Pilon.

Aiming for optimal growth

This initiative is consistent with the Harwood-De Lotbinière sector’s revitalization project aimed at redeveloping this part of the city with a clear, integrated vision in order to ensure the neighbourhood’s optimal growth.

One possible scenario involving cooperation between the city and individual businesses could be to encourage property owners to upgrade their storefronts by taking advantage of tax breaks provided by the city for the improvements, said Pilon.

“Maybe they’ll tell us we need more buses there. We’ll look into it and determine what days and times buses would be useful. Everything is open,” said Pilon. Another part of the city’s strategy is to find a harmonious balance between commercial and residential development with an emphasis on green initiatives.

Overall development strategy

It’s been more than four years now since the city conducted its first survey and held its first public consultation meeting asking community groups, businesses, and individuals for their feedback on how to transform the area into a dynamic commercial-residential hub.

For more information about the Harwood Blvd revitalization project, visit the Sur Harwood section on the city’s website at www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/en/the-city/urban-planning/sur-harwood.