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Parkway Corridor EA

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Order Issued on February 5, 2016

On Friday, February 5, 2016, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued an “Order” pursuant to the Environmental Assessment Act to the City of Peterborough.  The “Order” requires the City to complete additional study to “ensure that the preferred alternative and environmental mitigation measures proposed are still valid in the current planning context”.

The Ministry issued the “Order” as a result of the significant time lapse since the filing of the Notice of Completion.  The Notice of Completion was filed on March 24, 2014 and the Ministry has been reviewing the project file ever since.  The “Order” indicates that the Ministry has not yet made a decision on the project.

A copy of the “Order” is available in the “Reports” section of the study website.

On Monday April 4, 2016 the City provided its "Response" to the Minister's Order. On Tuesday April 5, the Ministry authorized the City to provide the "Response" on the City's website.

A copy of the "Response" is available in the "Reports" section of the study website.

Ministry of the Environment Review of the Environmental Study Report

A number of residents and interest groups have requested the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) issue a directive requiring the City to satisfy Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act, known as a "Part II Order".  A Part II Order is generally a requirement for the City to complete an individual Environmental Assessment.

The City, utilizing the services of its consultant AECOM, has provided the MOE with a response to the Part II Order requests.  The response to the Part II Orders is available in the "Reports" section of the study website.

Background

Key Activities

As per Phases 1 through 4 if the EA Study process, the following activities will be carried out by the study team:

Problem/Opportunity Statement

The study team will identify and describe the problems and/or opportunities in the study area.  The study team will solicit public input into the development of the Problem/Opportunity during this phase of the EA Study.

Identification and Evaluation of Alternative Solutions

The study team will identify and investigate a broad range of Alternative Solutions to address the identified problems and/or opportunities.  The positive and negative effects of each of the Alternative Solution, considering a series of evaluation criteria associated with the natural, social, economic, built and technical environments, will be identified by the study team. 

Identification and Evaluation of Alternative Design Concepts

Based on feedback collected from the public and other stakeholders, the study team will develop and evaluate the alternative design concepts for implementing the Preferred Solution.  Development of the Alternative Designs will consider study area intersections, stormwater management, utilities issues, and pedestrian and cyclist facilities, as well as identify other improvements in the area (i.e., intersections, trail connections, traffic controls, access management, etc)

A comprehensive list of criteria will be developed to evaluate each of the Alternative Designs based on a series of criteria representing the natural, social, economic, built and technical environments.  The Recommended Preliminary Design will be identified based on the findings of the evaluation and feedback received from the public and other stakeholders.  In addition, mitigation measures associated with the impacts of the Recommended Preliminary Design will also be identified.

Environmental Study Report (ESR)

An ESR will be prepared which will document each of the above-noted activities and describe the implementation and monitoring program that will be carried out during future design and construction activities.  This ESR will be available for review by the public and other stakeholders for 30 calendar days.