A brief history of Meadowbrook

In January, the Agglomeration of Montreal adopts a new Urban Plan designating the Lachine portion of Meadowbrook, “Espace vert ou récréation”, with the result that the whole of Meadowbrook is now preserved as a green space.  Meadowbrook was the space most frequently mentioned by citizens and groups during the public consultations.

Following public consultations, the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal (OCPM) adopts the Labrecque Commission recommendation, that Meadowbrook be preserved and made into a nature park connected by a green corridor to the St. Jacques escarpment.

2013  April


  • Groupe Pacific, seeing its plans being rejected by the City, sues Montreal in an attempt to force it to expropriate the Lachine part of Meadowbrook for $44 Million, plus over $800,000 in “damages” (judgment pending).
  • Both of Montreal’s Agglomeration and Municipal Councils unanimously adopt the FCM-RAC’s 300meter safety setbacks from rail yards, including those surrounding Meadowbrook, and mandate the inclusion of the setbacks in their new Urban Plans. The objections of AMT and CP Rail to residential development on Meadowbrook are also presented to the Councils.

The AMT announces plans for a Lachine maintenance centre in CP’s Sortin Yards at a cost of $120 million, with federal and provincial funding.

On October 25, the City of Montréal rejects Groupe Pacific’s residential development plan.

In June, the Labrecque Commission of the Montreal Agglomeration, after public hearings, recommends preserving Meadowbrook and making it a nature park and connecting by a green corridor to the St. Jacques escarpment.

Groupe Pacific proposes a “green” Petite Rivière residential development on Lachine’s portion of Meadowbrook.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Railway Association of Canada (FCM-RAC) adopt guidelines and best practices on setbacks (300 m) between new residential developments and rail yards.

Groupe Pacific acquires the land for $3 million and hires Suzanne Deschamps, former Director General of the Société d’Habitation et de Développement de Montréal (SHDM), to lobby her former colleagues at the City of Montréal.

Following public consultations, the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal (OCPM) recommends that Meadowbrook and the Petite Rivière Saint-Pierre be added to the list of Montréal eco-territories.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc changes zoning on its portion of Meadowbrook (31 hectares) from residential to recreational/commercial (golf).

Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook is established to fight a proposed residential development by Canadian Pacific and Marathon Realty on the golf course, which acts as a buffer zone between the rail yards and residential areas.

The land becomes a public golf course which is still operating almost 65 years later.

Canadian Pacific acquires the land and builds recreational facilities for its employees.

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