Green, Active and Healthy Neighbourhoods — Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Green, Active and Healthy Neighbourhoods is an extensive participatory urban planning project initiated in 2008. Our approach was tested in four Montréal neighbourhoods and their communities:

  • Solidarité Mercier-Est and the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga–Maisonneuve
  • Vrac Environnement and the borough of Villeray—Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
  • La Maison d’Aurore and the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Community Council and the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Hundreds of people came together and participated in activities to help redesign their neighbourhoods.

Problem/challenge

Give Montréal residents the quality of life that they deserve. This required identifying ways to promote active transportation and calm traffic to create safer, more liveable neighbourhoods, especially for children.

Approach

Engage citizens, professionals and elected officials in a neighbourhood redesign process with three phases: understand, explore and build the future together.

A three-phase planning approach

  • Understand

    the neighbourhood and barriers to active transportation
  • Explore

    neighbourhood design solutions
  • Build

    the neighbourhood’s future together

Solutions

  • Develop a Green, Active and Healthy Neighbourhoods (GHAN) plan for each neighbourhood
  • Gather the information required for citizens to understand the urban planning issues in each neighbourhood: plans, diagrams, statistics, transportation surveys, photos, illustrations
  • Provide citizens and community organizers with tools inspired by participatory planning best practices to help them become actors of change

Results

  • Involvement of four Montréal communities in a participatory planning project
  • Active participation of hundreds of citizens in the process
  • Submission of four GHAN plans to the boroughs affiliated with the project
  • Gradual integration of some of the GHAN plan design solutions into the neighbourhoods
  • Implementation of green curb extensions
  • Installation of additional bike paths
  • Installation of mini public spaces

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