The Environmental Assessment (EA) process is a planning tool used to identify the possible adverse effects of proposed infrastructure projects on the environment. The Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act) requires municipalities to complete an EA when undertaking capital works projects such as rapid transit. By eliminating or reducing effects on the environment we can avoid expensive mitigation measures or controversial actions that might be associated with the project. The EA will also provide us with the right information to ensure our rapid transit initiative benefits both present and future generations.
Our rapid transit initiative will follow requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. There are five phases in the EA process. The first two phases will define the overall rapid transit plan for the City and confirm the preferred corridor (s) for implementation (see map below). We call this stage the Rapid Transit Master Plan. Phase 3 and Phase 4 will then be completed for the preferred corridor. The final phase – implementation – will occur in stages and is contingent on funding.
Ensuring your participation early and throughout the EA is our goal!
There will be multiple opportunities for participation in the process. In fact, we would like to hear from you on how you would like to be consulted.
Formal consultation events, referred to as Public Information Centres, will be held at the key stages in the study:
- Public Information Centre #1 introduced the study and its objectives (February 2015)
- Public Information Centre #2 presented the technology options and evaluation criteria, and gathered feedback (May 28 and 30, 2015)
- Public Information Centre #3 provided an update on public feedback collected to date; presented the four network alternatives and the preliminary preferred Rapid Transit network based on the framework assessment; identified potential corridor impacts (e.g. road widenings, bridges, property impacts); presented conceptual renderings of London with Rapid Transit implemented in key locations along the corridors; and, collect public feedback of the details presented. (December 2, 2015)
- Public Information Centre #4 provided an update on public feedback collected to date; presented the preferred rapid transit network, technology, and preliminary stop locations; identified potential impacts to traffic, corridors, property, driveways; presented conceptual design drawings for the full 24km rapid transit network; and collected public feedback on the details presented. (February 23, 2017)
The next study phase will include additional formal consultation events, meetings with stakeholder agencies, community groups and interest groups, plus meetings with individual property owners, to explore the conceptual corridor designs, develop alternative design solutions, evaluate and select the preferred design.