With more than 700 construction projects planned for Montreal in 2018, the official opposition at city hall is calling on the city to create a “construction sites charter” that would clearly outline the rights of citizens and small businesses affected.
For each site, a public listing would be posted showing how long the work is expected to last; measures that should be in place to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety and universal accessibility; measures to reduce irritants like noise, dust and dirt; and efforts made to reduce the economic impact on local businesses.
“It will establish all the rights that citizens and small business owners will be entitled to, and for which the city of Montreal will need to guarantee in terms of measures to mitigate the impact of the construction site,” said Lionel Perez, leader of the Équipe Denis Coderre municipal party. “It’s necessary to ensure social acceptability for the amount of work that is still planned in the next decade.”
A technical sheet for every construction site highlighting how the charter will apply would be drawn up, Perez said. Although the charter will not increase the legal powers of the city to ensure deadlines and expectations are met, obligations already spelled out in contracts signed with the city, it would provide citizens the ability to know their rights and ensure they’re being respected.