The Vaudreuil-Soulanges territory offers a high quality of life to its inhabitants. The living environment is dynamic and this means that there are plenty of options for people with different tastes and lifestyles. The growth and spread of urban centers is rampant around major roads and other service stations. Those who live in the areas of Pincourt, Vaudreuil-Dorion and L’Île-Perrot, are definitely classified as urban dwellers while rural areas around Vaudreuil-Dorion are the municipalities of Saint-Lazare, Rigaud, and Notre-Dame-l’Île-Perrot.
For families that are looking for affordable areas to live in or immigrants that are still not sure of the location they would like to live, this region offers a great choice. Apart from the low cost of housing, general taxes are also lower and living spaces larger. Since the area is a mix between urban and rural living, there are a people drawn from all spheres of life. Of notable significance is the low crime rate that makes the area more attractive to foreigners and citizens alike.
Right in the middle of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, is a rural area which is used primarily for agricultural production and facilities that require large tracts of land such as horse-back riding. Such is the many activities that the rural settlements offer to the residents and visitors. Apart from the great outdoor activities offered against a backdrop of tranquility, there are many water canals and bodies of water that can be accessed from various directions. These offer a conducive environment for water sports during the summer.
About half of everyone who lives in the province of Quebec lives in the Montréal CMA. Right before the census of 1976 was conducted, Montreal was the most populous town in Canada. Today, it ranks a close second after Toronto in urban population. In 2006, one in every 2 people of the 7.5 million Quebecers was a resident of Montreal. The rapid rise in population over the years has been largely a factor of international immigration with many people who obtain permanent residency opted to settle in the area. While the overall population of Montreal grows in leaps and bounds, there are other areas that have recorded a slow growth rate of almost nil over the years.
The Montreal CMA comprises close to 100 municipals councils and each of these has a varying population and of the regions that have large populations, Montreal leads the pack with 1.6million, Laval with 368,709, and Longueuil with 229,330. On the other hand are municipalities such as Pointe-des-Cascades, Senneville and Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac that always seem to have a population of less than 2,000 each. Further evidence of the high immigration preference to Montreal is the rising growth rate that in some cases is twice that of the national average. Among the fastest growing cities is Vaudreuil-Dorion with a growth rate of 29.5%. On the Island itself, the growth rate throughout the years has been lower than the rate of growth of the entire province as a whole.
This rate of development of urban areas where the areas in the peripheral grows at a faster rate than the central part of the town is typical of urban spread which is also known as a flash.
Modernization of Vaudreuil-Dorion
With plans to revitalize the housing sector over the next 20 0r 30 years, and targeting the Harwood Blvd, a lot of infrastructural changes are expected to surface over the duration of the project. While there might not be any drastic changes such as tearing down of old buildings that do not march the new urban planning vision, a grandfather clause will guard any enterprises that do not fit into the proposed vision. According to the mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion every property owner in the city who wishes to carry out any renovation, development or potential expansion of their premises must bear in mind the new proposed structural plans.
The basis of the proposed urban plan is the upgrade of the Harwood sector to incorporate a commercial strip along Harwood Blvd. and then to rejuvenate the nearby Lotbinière and Chicoine Streets in sections to result into an urban village setup. The urban planning program will run in regard of the Montreal urban development that aims at densification of urban areas near crucial transportation links. The revitalization program is therefore focused on high population growth and mixed up zoning. It is a deliberate effort at blending the commercial sectors with the residential sector. With this new way of structuring spaces within urban centers, less land is utilized for urban planning and more people re involved in regional commerce.