Court judgment in Meadowbrook case good news for Côte Saint-Luc

A decision by the Quebec Superior Court released on Thursday affirms the position of the City of Côte Saint-Luc that the Meadowbrook land in the western part of the city can be zoned as exterior recreational.

The judgment stems from a case between Meadowbrook Group Pacific and the City of Montreal. Meadowbrook Group Pacific is also currently suing the City of Côte Saint-Luc alleging that a zoning bylaw is invalid.

“The judgement in favour of Montreal is very promising for Côte Saint-Luc, because it essentially affirms what we have been arguing for years,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “While there is still a case pending since 2002 against Côte Saint-Luc, this related decision validates many of our arguments.”

In her judgment, Judge Pepita G. Capriolo ruled that Meadowbrook Group Pacific never had a viable project because it never advanced its own project properly, the proximity to the rail yards made this project less viable, the costs of infrastructure of the project were far too high, the land's use was not sterilized, it did not prove its land had the value it alleged to have, and Montreal never acted in bad faith.

Côte Saint-Luc zoned its half of the Meadowbrook Golf Course in its territory as exterior recreational in 2001.




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