The Town of Oakville has completed the Shorewood Promenade Shoreline Rehabilitation Study and the Project File is now available for public review. The purpose of the study was to assess the problem of shoreline erosion and evaluate alternatives to reduce risk to public and private property. Shorewood Promenade shoreline was identified as a high priority erosion site following the 2019 record breaking high Lake Ontario water levels.
The recommended solution to reduce erosion risk within the study area includes construction of an armour stone revetment to protect the toe of the natural bluff. The recommended solution was evaluated along with two (2) other alternatives and was selected based on various environmental, social and cultural, and economic considerations. The recommended solution addresses the long-term sustainability of the shoreline and considers such factors as lake levels, wave events, ecological function, tableland uses and impacts on adjacent shoreline sites.
The presence of bank swallows, which are designated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Species at Risk Act (SARA), were confirmed during the course of the study. Town staff and our consultants are working closely with the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) to obtain the necessary approvals for this project to demonstrate an overall net benefit to banks swallows, subject to the ESA and SARA.
The study was carried out in accordance with the requirements as described in the Municipal Engineers Association’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) document (October 2000, as amended in 2015), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.
The Project File has been prepared to document the planning and decision-making process for this study. By this Notice, the Project File is being placed on the public record for a thirty (30) day review period from and including June 3, 2021 to July 3, 2021. Interested persons may provide written comments to one of the Project Team members listed below.
Construction is tentatively planned for summer/fall 2022
Detailed design is underway for the rehabilitation works at Holyrood Promenade shoreline. Rehabilitation works will consist of improvements to the existing armourstone groyne and stacked wall and repairs to the stone steps to improve public access to the water. Construction is tentatively planned for fall 2021.
Kristina Parker, P.Eng.
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3
905-845-6601 ext. 3889
Baird & Associates
1267 Cornwall Road, Suite 100
Oakville, Ontario L6J 7T5
905-845-5385 ext. 435