Community-Driven Development (CDD)

About this project

What will happen to Dupuis-Hickson, the former industrial sector in Verdun? This is the question that the Concertation en développement social de Verdun (CDSV) neighbourhood roundtable asked residents as part of a community-driven development (CDD) initiative.

Since spring 2017, the CDSV has organized meetings to identify problems in this area bordered by Hickson, Dupuis, Bannantyne and Lesage.

The first order of business: use different ways to understand the sector and its issues

  1. Exploratory walk with residents.
  2. Consultation booths at nearby day care centres and companies to get the perspectives of parents and workers.
  3. Information gathering: compilation of a business directory, list of regulations, and photo bank.
  4. First “Grand rendez-vous” with residents to improve the territorial profile.


Define a development vision by involving as many residents as possible:

  1. Second “Grand rendez-vous”: a guided tour of the sector with residents followed by an exercise to prioritize issues.
  2. Consultation at agencies with residents who are more marginalized: Centre des femmes de Verdun, Projet PAL, and an HLM complex for seniors.
  3. Third “Grand rendez-vous” to validate the development vision and connect it to the needs of vulnerable people; discussion on concrete proposals and development milestones.

Vision for 2030
A green, inclusive, and complete living environment with social housing, nearby shops, and local jobs. A community on a human scale that is connected to the neighbourhood and its industrial heritage.


Recommendations will be submitted to the borough.

A project will follow in winter 2018.


Second “Grand rendez-vous”: Guided tour of the Dupuis-Hickson sector


Why Dupuis-Hickson?

Dupuis-Hickson is an industrial territory located in the northwest sector of Verdun that was targeted for renewal in the Ville de Montréal’s urban development plan. This area consists mainly of garages, light industry and auto parts stores.

Verdun is becoming more well-off and attracting more affluent residents. While this change has benefits, it unfortunately does not benefit everyone. It is therefore important to involve residents in the reflection process to develop their neighbourhood so that they have a say in the type of community they want to live in, i.e., a community that first and foremost meets their needs.

Global objectives

  • Understand the sector and its issues.

  • Define a development vision.

  • Submit recommendations to the borough.

Community-driven development (CDD): Instead of relying on urban development experts, CDD involves the people who live in the community to create a plan for a given sector.