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Date Submitted: January 29, 2010
Expiry of Public Comment Period: March 19, 2010
Expiry of Public Comment Period for Ministry Review: June 18, 2010
Decision Date: October 21, 2010
As required under subsection 6.2(1) of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act and in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference of November 1, 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) completed the 427 Transportation Corridor Environmental Assessment (EA) Report for submission to the Minister of the Environment for approval.
The MTO in consultation with the Region of York, Region of Peel, surrounding municipalities and various stakeholders, undertook the study to address existing and short-term transportation problems related to the current Highway 427 terminus, truck traffic accessibility to and from the CP Vaughan Inter-modal Facility, and their impact on inter-regional traffic in the Peel-York boundary area. The study supports the transportation objectives of the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
The Recommended Alternative includes a transportation corridor consisting of a highway and transitway, as well as associated works and support facilities. The transportation corridor includes:
The Recommended Alternative for the highway component of the corridor was developed to a preliminary design level while the transitway component of the corridor and its support facilities were developed to a conceptual design level. The design work completed for both the highway and transitway components of the transportation corridor and the associated support facilities has been completed to a sufficient level of detail to confirm the feasibility of the proposed infrastructure and to identify the property requirements and environmental impacts. The transitway corridor and transitway support facilities will be subject to future Class EA studies prior to implementation.
Potential environmental effects, recommended mitigation and commitments to further works for the Recommended Alternative are outlined in the final EA Report.
An extensive consultation process was undertaken to assist in the planning and impact assessment for this project.
The final EA Report was submitted to the Minister of the Environment for approval under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The first comment period lasted for seven weeks, from January 29, 2010 to March 19, 2010.
A Notice of Completion of the ministry's Review was published on May 14, 2010. A five-week public comment period on the Review expired on June 18, 2010, during which time any person could make comments about the proposed undertaking, the EA, and the ministry's Review. Also during that time, requests for the Minister to refer the application to a hearing were allowed. No requests for a hearing were received.
The Minister of the Environment, with the approval of Cabinet, made a decision to allow the proposed undertaking to proceed subject to conditions on October 21, 2010
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