Major Montréal Planning Sectors

Montréal has identified a number of planning sectors with the hopes of generating greater business opportunities for developers and investors.
With its development plan, Montréal is fashioning a vision for Montréal’s future. The goal is to shape a contemporary city with an inclusive and dynamic economy, culture and society, one that will protect and enhance its environment. The plan will build on Montréal’s assets, draw on its strengths and make the most of its unique assets.
Among the various initiatives and actions, Montréal’s municipal administration has worked with its many public- and private-sector partners to identify a number of specific planning sectors with the aim of strengthening Montréal’s status as a metropolis. The current and future transformation of these sectors will generate many business opportunities for developers and investors looking to flourish in a creative, diversified metropolis with an eye on the future.
The planning sectors are spread throughout the city, although most of them are in downtown Montréal, and intended to consolidate that area.
Around the Bonaventure Expressway and Griffintown:
Plans to rebuild the Bonaventure Expressway will provide the city with a prestigious gateway, including enhanced public transit access, and make it possible to reconnect and redevelop the neighbourhoods to the immediate east and west. Some major public works projects are planned, and many business opportunities will be generated.
The Quartier des spectacles and the Quartier latin:
The Quartier des spectacles is a huge municipal initiative aimed at making this one square kilometre the heart of festival and entertainment action in Quebec’s largest city. Immediately next to the Quartier des spectacles, the Quartier latin will continue and even add to its influential role as a historically inviting and bustling district. There is tremendous private development potential in both of these key neighbourhoods.
The Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), the Quartier de la santé and the Ville-Marie Expressway:
The construction of the new CHUM and its research centre is a unique opportunity for scientific, economic and urban development downtown. The Quartier de la santé project, a healthcare-oriented sector nearby, will help to bolster this future health technopole and the importance of this sector for the Montréal economy.
Across the island:
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Turcot Interchange:
The new MUHC will bring different Montréal hospital institutions together on one site. The project will give a new vocation to a former railyard, and revitalize the surrounding area as well. Extensive municipal public works projects are planned, to improve access to the site, renew infrastructures and upgrade public property.
Outremont sector:
The planned Université de Montréal Outremont Campus calls for rehabilitating vast brownfields in the heart of Montréal island so as to create a university campus and a residential neighbourhood that fit with the existing urban fabric. The project will also generate opportunities for consolidating adjacent neighbourhoods.
Le Triangle – Hippodrome:
The Triangle is an aging former commercial district, where the city of Montréal has undertaken detailed planning with a view to converting and redeveloping the site and making the most of its many advantages. The municipal administration is also looking to transform the Hippodrome, the former Blue Bonnets racetrack, into a new neighbourhood that meets present-day sustainable development standards.
Montréal Space for Life:
This is a major scientific and citizen-based initiative comprising a number of projects intended to boost the drawing power of the Olympic Park, east of downtown Montréal. The goal is to use the area to create a vast laboratory re-examining the relationship between humankind and nature.
Montréal wants to enhance its connection with the port area so as to help develop and expand logistics operations in the city.
Quartier de la gare:
The city intends to create a new neighbourhood designed in keeping with transit-oriented development (TOD) principles, co-ordinated with the planned new eastern commuter train line.


by Johanne Royer on February 15, 2013