Angell Woods is one of the most important wooded areas on the island of Montreal. It also includes one of the island's most extensive wetlands. The threatened or endangered species to be found there include the maple-hickory and red ash. This rich natural environment is, for the most part, privately owned. In July 2010, the Council adopted a temporary regulation for the Angell Woods sector in order to enforce a period of reflection needed to guide the development, modification or revision of planning tools. This interim control ensures that planning efforts will not be rendered useless by projects that would jeopardize urban planning and development guidelines being defined. This regulation was also an opportunity to conduct studies of the area's fauna, flora and vehicular traffic.
This exceptional power allows the Council to maintain a freeze on planning and development for the Angell Woods sector for the time required to:
- identify broad development guidelines for the principal uses and purpose of the woods;
- determine the steps to be taken to implement the choices made
Following the recent municipal election, the Council has taken the time to set guidelines based on acquired knowledge and has succeeded in reaching a consensus in its decision to save the entire Angell Woods area. This section provides all relevant information available on this exceptional natural environment.
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