• John Jantak

Morgan Boulevard extension in Ste. Anne will be moved further west


Ste. Anne de Bellevue will make an amendment to its urban development plan to move the extension of Morgan Boulevard at Chemin Sainte-Marie slightly west to protect additional forested land in the city’s north sector.

Ste. Anne de Bellevue council adopted a motion at its regular monthly council meeting on November 11 that will modify the city’s Plan Particulier d’Urbanisme (PPU) so that it can move the planned extension of Morgan Boulevard at the intersection of Chemin Ste. Marie further west.

“It freezes the land so that you can’t change it, build on it or deposit requests for construction. It’s a way to warn people that the city is working on a change to the PPU,” said Mayor Paola Hawa.

“The changes specifically in this situation are that we realized in terms of the PPU that we probably put the extension of Morgan Boulevard too close to a linear forest. If we were to build the road as planned, in 10 years it probably would have killed all the trees because it’s too close to the root system,” Hawa told The Journal.

Morgan extension will be moved

The modification to the PPU means the Morgan extension will be moved about 20 to 30 metres west of where it was originally planned to be built. “We want to make sure we put Morgan Boulevard in a place where it will not impact the current forest that’s there,” said Hawa.

It could be at least one year or longer before development begins. The extension will allow for the eventual construction of commercial and light industrial enterprises. “In order to develop anything in this area, you need a road,” said Hawa. “We want to makes sure the extension of Morgan goes into the right place.”

Preserving remaining woodlands

The proposed change to the PPU continues to solidify Ste. Anne’s stance regarding the preservation of its remaining woodlands. The City of Montreal acquired 14 hectares of forest in the southern part of the L’Anse-à-l’Orme area last year. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and Mayor Hawa struck a deal to conserve the area from development that would have seen over 100 townhouses being built.

“We’re leading by example,” said Hawa. “When you’re working on a PPU there a million little details that have to be worked out. Sometimes when you come to actually putting things in place, you realize that it looks good in theory but it’s not practical in reality,” added Hawa.

Respecting the environment

“The important thing is that we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’re walking the walk when we tell people that if you want to build in Ste. Anne’s you have to make sure you respect our green forest canopy. We were the first ones to do it,” said Hawa.

While the city had to recently cut down a large swath of trees to make way for the REM light rail public transit system terminus which will be located directly across the street from the entrance to the city’s new municipal park on Chemin Ste. Marie, some of the trees will be replanted when construction is completed.

“I’m very pleased,” said Hawa. “We share the same vision with the City of Montreal. We started this off way before they did so we’re glad they caught up to us.”