The contents of the complementary document
The complementary document: an instrument for implementing the Master Plan
The Master Plan outlines a series of planning goals that affect a variety
of issues. It translates those goals as objectives, actions and implementation
measures. Among these, the complementary document deals with the components
requiring regulatory control by the City, or contributing significantly to reaching
the goals established by the Master Plan.
The complementary document contains a series of provisions addressed to specific
issues in the Plan. Some are associated with one priority issue, although they
may also affect other concerns. Therefore, goal 1, “High-quality, diversified
and complete living environments,” is not covered by specific measures
in the complementary document. The objectives associated with this goal are
addressed elsewhere in the document through more specific elements.
On the other hand, some issues require detailed treatment. Thus, the issues
of “High-quality architecture and urban landscapes ” and “An
enhanced built, archaeological and natural heritage” represent a significant
part of the complementary document. These more qualitative issues, require diverse
provisions, rules and criteria, which aim to support the creation of high-quality
urban environments that are respectful of their distinctive characteristics.
Other issues require less elaborate provisions, when the subjects themselves
are more limited in scope, or the objectives concerning them are highly focused.
Thus, the provisions regarding parking in the Borough of Ville-Marie are intended
to help reach the objectives of goal 2 regarding “Structuring, efficient
transportation networks fully integrated into the urban fabric.” The incorporation
of bicycle parking areas aims to support this alternative mode of transportation.
Goal 3, “A prestigious, convivial and inhabited Centre,” has led
to provisions regarding retail businesses in the Centre which aim to favour
its commercial vitality and limit certain uses near residential areas. Controlling
the microclimatic impacts of the development projects aims to ensure the quality
of the urban environment for pedestrians.
The complementary document contains no provisions regarding goal 4, “Dynamic,
accessible and diversified employment areas.”
Goal 5, “High-quality architecture and urban landscapes,” touches
most of the measures contained in the complementary document. The protection
and quality of Montréal landscapes are important objectives. The notion
of landscape is dynamic, evolving, integrative and diversified. In the Montréal
context, it refers to various elements and places