Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and
Ministry of Infrastructure Public Work Class Environmental Assessment
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The City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) have completed a study to determine a trail route that would provide a connection in the multi-use trail network between the existing East Don Trail, the Gatineau Trail and the Don Trail System. This trail system is proposed within the valleylands of the East Don River from Lawrence Avenue East to the north and where the West Don River, Don Mills Road and Don Valley Parkway meet to the south.
The recommended solution, as documented in the Environmental Study Report (ESR), is an approximately 3.6 to 4 meter wide, 4.8 kilometers long asphalt multi-use trail routed within the East Don Corridor. The route includes nine bridges over the East Don River, one over Taylor Massey Creek and two over drainage tributaries, as well as five railway crossings.
Opportunities for Review
The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule C projects under the Municipal Class EA process. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared and is available for a 30 day period from November 10, 2016 to December 9, 2016, for review at the following libraries:
48 Thorncliffe Park Drive
29 St. Dennis Drive
184 Sloane Avenue
Please call or check online to confirm hours of operation.
The ESR is also available on this project webpage.
Interested persons may provide written comments to City staff within the 30 calendar day period. Comments should be directed to:
Public Consultation Unit
Metro Hall, 19th Fl., 55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2850 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-338-0889
Subject to comments received as a result of this study and the receipt of necessary approvals and funding, the City intends to proceed with the implementation of the East Don Trail.
If concerns regarding this project remain unresolved after consulting with City staff, a person can request that the project be subject to a Part II Order by the Minister of the Environment & Climate Change. Part II Order requests must be written and received by the Minister, with a copy to the City, at the following addresses within 30 day calendar days following the date of this Notice:
The Honourable Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
77 Wellesley St. W., Ferguson Block, 11th Fl.,
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change
Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Ave. W., Fl. 12A
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) owns lands in the Study Area in which an easement (and any other associated but required realty activities) is proposed to be obtain, based on the preferred solutions recommended in this study. As a result, the portions of the proposed trail within the MEDEI landholdings are also being addressed in accordance with the requirements of the MOI Class EA.
Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All comments will become part of the public record. Unless you request that your personal information remain confidential, all personal information included in a Part II Order request is available to the general public under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act and/or s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information, please contact the Ministry’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434.
Issue Date: November 10, 2016