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An enhanced built, archaeological and natural heritage
6.1
The Mount Royal historic and natural district

Context

The provisions regarding the historic and natural district of Mount Royal are drawn from the statements presented in Part I of the Master Plan:

  • Action 1.2: Develop public and private green spaces that enhance the living environment.
  • Action 10.1: Ensure the harmonious integration of institutional properties into the urban environment.
  • Action 11.1: Preserve the character of Mount Royal and its predominance in the urban landscape.
  • Action 11.3: Preserve and enhance the green belt of Montréal. 
  • Action 15.1: Protect areas of heritage value.
  • Action 15.2: Protect heritage buildings.
  • Action 15.3: Protecting and enhancing Montréal’s archaeological heritage.
  • Action 16.1: Preserve and enhance natural habitats by favoring their integration into the urban development.
  • Action 17.1: Support a sounder urban environment. 

These provisions also aim more specifically to:

  • Protect the architectural, historical, landscape and natural character of the Mount Royal historic and natural district and ensure the integration of projects that respect and enhance that character;
  • Harmonize borough urban planning by-laws in order to entrust initiatives affecting the Mount Royal historic and natural district to the City.

Provisions

The following provisions apply to the territory of the Mount Royal historic and natural district outlined on Map 2.6.1 entitled " Built Heritage ."

6.1.0.1 Building Heights

  • Borough by-laws must:
  • Borough by-laws may provide:
    • That, despite the above, the height of a building, as it was on May 6, 2009, may be authorized.
    • that, under rules or criteria, despite the height limits set above, a chimney, a vent pipe, a parapet, a railing, a terrace, a staircase, an elevator shaft to be installed or erected on part of a building may exceed the prescribed maximum height limit;
    • that, under rules or criteria, despite the height limits set above, service equipment, a screen or a shed housing service equipment to be installed or erected on part of an existing building on March 30, 2010, may exceed the prescribed maximum height.

Except as provided under this provision, borough by-laws may not be amended to authorize further increases as to the height in metres prescribed under borough by-laws on May 6, 2009. 

6.1.0.2 Building coverage ratios

  • Borough by-laws must:
  • Borough by-laws may provide: 
    • That, despite the above, a building coverage ratio of a built lot, as it was on May 6, 2009, may be authorized;
    • That, despite the above, on a lot marked “Properties other than institutional” on the Map titled “ Targeted Properties ”, found at the end of the present complementary document (see Appendix J), the building coverage ratio of a lot at the intersection of two or more public thoroughfares may be greater than the building coverage ratio shown on the Map titled “ Building Coverage Ratios - Mount Royal Historic and Natural District ” found at the end of the present complementary document (see Appendix I), so long as it is not greater than the result of the multiplication of the building coverage ratio shown on the map by a factor of 1.2.

6.1.0.3 Protected natural habitats and green spaces

  • Unless it can be demonstrated that such intervention is necessary for the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, Borough by-laws must prohibit the following interventions on land included in sector A, indicated on the Map titled “ Protected Natural Habitats and Green Spaces - Mount Royal Historic and Natural District ”, found at the end of the present complementary document (see Appendix K):
    • Soil excavation or backfill operation;
    • Building construction or extension, except for a fence, a non paved footpath (2 meters or less wide) or a community monument for a cinerary urn erected along a path;
    • Removal of vegetation except for the realization of an autorized construction.
  • Borough by-laws must forbid the construction or extension of a building on land included in area B, indicated on the Map titled “ Protected Natural Habitats and Green Spaces - Mount Royal Historic and Natural District ”, found at the end of the present complementary document (see Appendix K).
  • Despite the By-law concerning the development of McGill University campus, and the construction, alteration and occupancy of certain buildings (95-039), borough by-laws must prohibit, on a lot included in area C shown on the Map titled “ Protected Natural Habitats and Green Spaces - Mount Royal Historic and Natural District ” found at the end of this complementary document (see Appendix K):
    • The construction of a building;
    • The extension of a building on any part of a wooded area shown on Map 2.6.3 titled “ Natural heritage ”.
  • Borough by-laws must provide that the development of a lateral yard or a rear yard of a lot in sector D shown on the Map titled “ Protected Natural Habitats and Green Spaces - Mount Royal Historic and Natural District ” found at the end of the present complementary document (see Appendix K) must include a parcel of land at least 2 m wide, planted with saplings, shrubs or herbaceous species, along the lateral or rear limit of the lot. 

6.1.1 Architectural characteristics of buildings and landscapes

Protection, restoration, transformation or replacement

  • Borough by-laws shall require that architectural characteristics of buildings or landscapes, such as cladding, a cornice, opening, overhang, entry or exit, fence, grille, wall, stairway, road, terrace, cluster or row of trees:
    • Must be preserved or restored or, if necessary, replaced according to its original form and appearance;
    • Is controlled by criteria when it is restored, replaced or transformed;
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