12/11/2014 20:13 EST | Updated 02/10/2015 05:59 EST

Save Meadowbrook, extend metro to West Island, says Montreal planning commission

Montreal's planning and development commission recommends keeping Meadowbrook Golf Course a public green space.

The committee released its report Thursday after holding public hearings in the fall.

One of the group’s 53 recommendations is to protect the entire Meadowbrook golf course area by designating it as green space or for public recreation.

The report states that “the ‘Green Space or recreation area’ designation be assigned to the entire territory of Meadowbrook."

It also says there should be public access to the Meadowbrook area, which straddles both Montreal and the city of Côte Saint-Luc, from the borough of Lachine.

A developer, Groupe Pacific, has said it hopes to build more than 1,500 condo units on the half of the property that falls under Lachine's jurisdiction.

The other half of the land is in the city of Côte Saint-Luc, which has rezoned the territory as recreational to prevent condos from being built on its half of the site.

Extend metro west

The committee, mandated to examine planning and development all over the island of Montreal, also recommended that the metro’s green line be extended to the West Island as far as Dorval.

The report recommends a “metro extension from the Angrignon station serving the boroughs of Lasalle, Lachine, and Dorval with service to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.”

It also calls for a dedicated rail line to the West Island.    

Other recommendations include:

- increasing the city’s protected green space target of 5.2 per cent to 12 per cent

- having “clean” vehicles in the taxi industry

- electrifying all modes of transit and installing electric infrastructure and  equipment, such as electric terminals

- adopting regulations to promote the building of white and green roofs

- adding bridges between the two shores of the Lachine Canal west of Monk Boulevard, to promote urban integration of the sector

The 53 recommendations tabled in the report will now be sent to the City of Montreal's executive committee.