Notice of Study Completion– Stormwater Master Plan Study

Thu, 14 Nov 2019

The Town of Oakville has completed Phase 2 of the Be Rain Ready Stormwater Master Plan Study (primarily focused on areas of the town located south of the Queen Elizabeth Way Highway, between Winston Churchill Boulevard to the east, Burloak Drive to the west, and Lake Ontario to the south) and the project file is now available for public review. The study assessed the town’s existing stormwater management system in order to understand vulnerabilities related to flooding. The study included consideration of land use changes (e.g. land redevelopment) and climate change (e.g. increased rainfall frequency and intensity).

The Environmental Assessment Study (EA) provides an evaluation of works to decrease the risks of flooding and pollution, including the consideration to adopt new/revised procedures and/or standards to ensure that the town’s storm sewer system continues to operate effectively. The study provided recommendations for both storm sewers and roadside ditches (the minor system) and road right-of-ways (the major system) based on network performance.

Recommendations include minor works such as improvements to inlet grates, as well as more substantial works such as upgrades to storm sewers, increasing system storage, and roadway re-profiling. Work will be prioritized based on the relative risk for flooding, condition and age of infrastructure and consideration of other capital works.

The Town of Oakville Stormwater Management Master Plan has been conducted as a Master Plan in compliance with Section A.2.7 Master Plans (ref. Municipal Engineers Association “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment,” (October 2000, as amended 2007, 2011, and 2015) which addresses Phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Process). The Master Plan process included consultation with regulatory agencies, stakeholders and the public, including two Public Information Centres that were held during the study. The recommended solutions incorporate public, local municipal and agency comments received during the course of the study.

Project file now available for public review

The project file has been prepared to document the planning and decision-making process for this study. By this notice, the project file will be on the public record with the deadline for comments being extended to January 6, 2020 on the town’s website at oakville.ca and at the following location:

Town Hall, ServiceOakville and Clerk’s department
1225 Trafalgar Road
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Written comments can also be provided to one of the project team members listed below:

Kristina Parker, P. Eng., Water Resources Engineer
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3889 (TTY 905-338-4200)
kristina.parker@oakville.ca

Ron Scheckenberger, P.Eng., Project Manager
Wood PLC
905-335-2353
ron.scheckenberger@woodplc.com

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussions with the Town of Oakville, a person or party may request the Minister of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to make an order (referred to as a Part II Order) for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act which requires completion of more rigorous study by way of an individual environmental assessment. The written request must be received by the Minister within the 30 calendar day review period. The request must be copied to the Director, Environmental Approvals Branch listed below and the project team.

Honorable Jeff Yurek
Minister, Ministry of the Environment,
Conservation and Parks
College Park 5th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2J3
minister.mecp@ontario.ca

Director, Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
Ministry of the Environment,
Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5
enviropermissions@ontario.ca