The Study Process
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) provides a decision-making process to make sure that all relevant engineering and environmental factors are considered in the planning and design of transportation facilities. This Detail Design project is being undertaken as a Group ‘B’ project, which includes highway improvements that provide, or cause, a significant modification in traffic access. Group 'B' projects provide opportunities for public input throughout the project.
The preliminary design was documented in a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR), which received environmental clearance in 2016. Near completion of the detail design, a Design and Construction Report (DCR) will be prepared and filed for a 30-day public review period. A Notice of Submission will be published in local newspapers at that time to explain the review process and identify locations where the DCR can be reviewed.
Study schedule and consultation process
The purpose of the DCR is to document compliance as it relates to detail design elements. The DCR will include discussion on:
- Transportation engineering and environmental issues and how they are being incorporated;
- A summary of the MTO EA process previously conducted;
- A full description of the identified potential environmental condition changes, effects and commitments to mitigation measures that will be incorporated into the construction documents;
- A full description of the study’s Detail Design consultation program;
- Identification of all project approval, licenses, and permits that have or must be obtained;
- Implementation of the commitments to further work contained in the Transportation Environmental Study Report, January 2016;
- Relevant construction documentation.
The DCR will be placed on the Public Record for a review period of 30 calendar days to provide the opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the document.
How will the public be involved during the study?
To make sure that all interested members of the public are contacted, an extensive notification process will include announcements in newspapers and letters to agencies, stakeholders, Indigenous communities and property owners. The public will be invited to attend a Public Information Centre (PIC) which is planned for spring 2018.
Invitations to the PIC will be broadly advertised in local newspapers. In addition, this project website has been developed for the project and interested parties can submit their comments via the website. This website will provide general project information, updates and notices of upcoming meetings and milestones and will also host all project reports. The project mailing list will be updated throughout the study.
Will access to private property be required during the study?
Stantec and its sub-consultants will require access to some private property to undertake field investigation work in support of the study. In these locations, permission to enter will be requested from the property owners. The Ministry’s staff, consultant, or sub-consultants will not enter private property without prior consent from the property owner.
How do I get involved in this study?
To receive direct notification regarding study milestones, contact the project team.