SCAOPI

DEFINITION
A specific construction, alteration or occupancy proposal for an immovable (SCAOPI) is a regulatory tool that enables the Municipal Council to authorize a project that is at variance with the City’s urban planning by-laws, without it being necessary to modify applicable standards for the particular zone or for the entire territory. Nevertheless, the proposal must be in conformity with the objectives of the City’s Planning Programme.

USEFULNESS AND ADVANTAGES
A Specific Proposal is an exceptional procedure adapted to major projects and those that present complexities inherent to their particular features. In principal, this tool provides a framework for urban development on a case-by-case basis and facilitates the development of problematic sites.

ELIGIBLE PROPOSALS
An application for authorization of a Special Proposal is limited to the following:

  1. the siting, the construction, the extension, or the renovation and redevelopment in respect of a proposal for a residential, multifamily immovable with six (6) or more units, a commercial immovable, an institutional immovable or a combination of at least two (2) of the aforementioned uses.
  2. the extension or the alteration of a non-conforming building or the establishment of a non-conforming development on a site.
  3. the reconversion or change of use of a building.
  4. the replacement of a variant use protected by vested rights by another variant use.

An application for authorization of a SCAOPI must be preceded by a preliminary study conducted by the City of Westmount’s Urban Planning Department.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
The City Council may grant or refuse an application for authorization of a proposal submitted to it pursuant to the By-law only after it has received the opinion of the departments concerned and of the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). In addition to the requirement to consider Planning Programme objectives, the application for authorization of a Special Proposal will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:

  • conformity with the general volume, height, siting and density of the existing and proposed constructions on the land;
  • integration into the built environment;
  • conservation and enhancement of the original architectural elements:
  • preservation of a heritage building;
  • enhancement of the immovable and the neighbouring sectors with careful and adapted landscaping treatment and high quality construction;
  • impact on the urban environment
  • ecological design and integration of sustainable environmental features
  • quality of the functional organization of the proposal
  • balance between individual and collective interests
  • advantages of the cultural and social components of the proposal

APPLICATION

To apply for a SCAOPI or to inquire about the procedure, please contact the Urban Planning Department of the City of Westmount.

1. Filing of application November 26th, 2018
2. Public notice December 3, 2018 (city website)
December 4, 2018 (Independent)
3. Board of inspections December 6, 2018
4. Public meeting and presentation to PAC December 11, 2018
Holiday season December 24, 2018 – January 2, 2019
5. Translation and publication of public meeting minutes Week of January 14, 2019
6. Deadline for written comments January 18, 2019
7. PAC review(s) Starting January 29, 2019
8. Translation and publication of PAC meeting minutes Starting week of February 11, 2019
9. PAC recommendation To be determined
10. Presentation General Committee of Council To be determined
11. Decision – City Council (1st reading) To be determined
12. Public notice, posting and public consultation If applicable
13. Decision – City Council (2nd reading) If applicable
14. Potential referendum procedure If applicable
15. Resolution by City Council If applicable
1. Filing of application December 7, 2018
2. Public notice January 14, 2019 (city website)
January 15, 2019 (Westmount Independent)
3. Deadline for written comments February 5, 2019
4. Board of Inspections February 7, 2019
5. PAC review(s) Starting February 12, 2019
6. Translation and publication of PAC meeting minutes Week February 26, 2019
7. PAC recommendation February 12, 2019
8. Presentation General Committee of Council March 18, 2019
9. Decision – City Council (1st reading) April 1, 2019
10. Public notice, posting and public consultation If applicable
11. Decision – City Council (2nd reading) If applicable
12. Potential referendum procedure If applicable
13. Resolution by City council (3rd reading) If applicable

Public notice

Application SCAOPI

1. Filing of application February 14th, 2019
2. Public notice February 26th, 2019 (city website)
February 26th, 2019 (Independent)
3. Board of inspections March 7th, 2019
4. Public meeting and presentation to PAC March 12th, 2019
5. Translation and publication of public meeting minutes Week of March 25, 2019
6. Deadline for written comments March 29th, 2019
7. PAC review(s) Starting April 9, 2019
8. Translation and publication of PAC meeting minutes Starting April 23, 2019
9. PAC recommendation To be determined
10. Presentation General Committee of Council To be determined
11. Decision – City Council (1st reading) To be determined
12. Public notice, posting and public consultation If applicable
13. Decision – City Council (2nd reading) If applicable
14. Potential referendum procedure If applicable
15. Resolution by City council If applicable

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