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Completed Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessment (EA) studies provide for the protection, conservation and wise management of Ontario's environment by evaluating the potential environmental effects of a project or undertaking before decisions are made about proceeding. Recently completed EA Studies and associated documents are listed below.

Foster Area Sanitary Servicing & Stormwater Management
Initiated in 2015, completed in 2016

Status: Study initiated 2015, the Notice of Completion was published with no request for Part II orders received

Consultant: R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule B

Purpose: To consider options for sanitary servicing and stormwater management for the Foster Drive area including Foster Drive, MacLaren Ave, Garson Street, Yeates Avenue and Merrett Drive.

Scope: City of Barrie will look at a number of alternatives associated with sanitary servicing and stormwater management and assess the impacts of these improvements on the physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments.

Key Considerations: This neighborhood is currently serviced by private septic systems.  As these systems are reaching the end of their expected service life, the City is studying alternatives to address sanitary servicing needs in this area. 

This neighborhood was constructed prior to stormwater management regulations, and as such, stormwater runoff generated from this area flows uncontrolled to both Whiskey Creek and Lovers Creek.  The City is studying alternatives to provide stormwater management to this area to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Simcoe, reduce erosion impacts to the receiving watercourses, improve water balance and mitigate downstream flood risk.

Public Information Centre: A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on April 29, 2015, (4–7pm) at the Painswick Public Library. The public was invited to review and provide comments on the alternative solutions. Comments and responses received from the PIC will be considered in the development of the preferred alternative. 

Preferred Alternative: The following alternatives were selected as the preferred alternative for sanitary servicing and stormwater management.

Sanitary Servicing: Alternative 2 – Deep Sewer Alignment.  This alternative consists of open-cut gravity sewers intended to provide basement gravity servicing to the majority of homes.  Sewers will be installed at standard depths where possible.

Stormwater Management: Alternative 3 – Low Impact Development.  This alternative consists of low impact development (LID) practices installed within the municipal right-of-way.  The recommended LID practice is based on a storm sewer exfiltration system that includes perforated sewer pipes that allow stormwater to soak into the ground; thus allowing natural processes to filter stormwater.

Related documents: PIC Letter & Comment Sheet; PIC presentation; Staff Report; Direction Memo

Reports

Class EA Phase 1 & 2 Report: Foster Area Sanitary Servicing & Stormwater Management

Dunlop Street Corridor Improvements
Initiated in 2014, completed in 2015

Purpose: To examine options to improve the pedestrian environment by studying alternative streetscape configurations with the goal of creating more pedestrian space through wider sidewalks on Dunlop Street between Toronto Street and Mulcaster Street.

Scope: City of Barrie will analyze a number of streetscape configurations to increase pedestrian space including consideration of pedestrian promenades, one-way street and a reconfigurable street (for Dunlop Street).  The study will assess the impact on the physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments.

Key Recommendations: The implementation of a reconfigurable streetscape that maintains two-way traffic and includes reconfigurable parking areas that can be used for either pedestrian space or parking depending on time of year and demand.

Public Information Centre: A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Wednesday June 18, 2014 (4–7:00pm) at City Hall. The public was invited to review and provide comments on the proposed alternative solutions. Comments and responses received from the PIC (accepted until July 9, 2014) will be considered in the development of the preferred alternative. Related document: Info Boards: Public Info Centre, June 18, 2014

Reports

Corridor Improvements: Class EA Study Final Report 

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Harvie Rd / Big Bay Point Rd / Hwy 400 Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2013, completed in 2015

Related page: Design Project: Harvie Rd / Big Bay Point Rd / Highway 400 Crossing

Consultant: Morrison Hershfield

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C

Purpose: To consider options for road improvements along the Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road across Highway 400 from the future Bryne Drive to Bayview Drive

Scope: City of Barrie will look at a number of design alternatives associated with either going over or under Highway 400 including widening the road, improving intersections, and enhancing active transportation. The impact of road improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments will also be looked at during the study.

Key Recommendations from Phase 1 & 2:

  • Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing over Highway 400
  • Removal of the existing railway crossing on Big Bay Point Road between Bayview Drive and Fairview Drive
  • Biffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides
  • Five (5) lanes in the interim and ultimate seven (7) lanes between Bryne Drive and Bayview Drive
  • Protection of land for potential future highway interchange

Public Information Centre: A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Thursday April 23, 2015 (4–7pm at Holly Community Centre).The public was invited to review and provide comments on the proposed design alternative solutions. Comments and responses received from the PIC were considered in the development of the preferred design alternative solution.

Reports 

Phase 3 & 4 Municipal Class EA

Notice of Completion - Advertised October 16 & 17, 2015

Staff Report - Presented to Council October 5th, 2015

Direction Memo From Council

Public Letter - Notice of Preferred Alternative - September 1, 2015 

Environmental Study Report (ESR)

Natural Heritage Impact Assessment Study

Traffic Operation Report

Background Documents 

Phase 1 & 2 Municipal Class EA

Big Bay Point Road / Harvie Road / Highway 400 Transportation Improvements Class EA Phase 1 & 2 Report

Harvie Road/Big Bay Point Road/Highway 400 Phase 3 & 4 - Draft Documents

Highway 400 Planning & Preliminary Design Study

Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment of Highway 400

Preliminary Design Report - Volume 1

Preliminary Design Report - Volume 2

Preliminary Design Report - Volume 3

Preliminary Design Report - Volume 4

Highway 400 MTO Design Study

Highway 400 Planning & Preliminary Design Study

Appendices A & B

Appendices C & D

Appendices E & F

Bryne Drive Class EA, 2005

Bryne Drive EA Report

City of Barrie Highway 400 Crossing Roads Class EA Document, Phase 1 & 2 Report, June 2005

Highway 400 Crossing Roads Class EA Document, Phase 1 & 2 Report

Figure 9A - Features and Constraints

Figure 9B - Proposed MTO improvements

Figure 9C - Illustrative Widening Alternative

Figure 9D - Constraint Section

Harvie Road Class EA (Essa Road to Bryne Drive), August 2002

Harvie Road Class EA (Essa Road to Bryne Drive) Report

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Whiskey Creek Master Drainage Plan Update, October 2009

Whiskey Creek Master Drainage Plan Update Report

Appendix Volume 1

Appendix Volume 2

Harvie Function Planning Review, March 2000

Draft Highway 400 Interchange Feasibility Study, January 2006

Letter to Residents and Stakeholder

Comment Sheet

Public Information Centre #1, Wednesday November 17th, 2010

Huronia Rd Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2009, completed in 2011

Consultant: C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C

Scope: City of Barrie looked at a number of improvements including widening the road, improving intersections, and enhancing active transportation. The impact of road improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments was also looked at during the study.

Purpose: To consider options for road improvements along the Huronia Road corridor from Yonge Street to Lockhart Road

Key Recommendations:

  • Three lanes from Yonge Street to just north Herrell Drive
  • Five lanes from just north of Herrell Drive to Lockhart Drive
  • Multiuse Trail from Lockhart Road to Loon Avenue on the east side of Huronia Road

Reports

Huronia Road Class Environmental Assessment - Phases 3 and 4

Huronia Road Phase 3 & 4 Class EA Report

Class Environmental Assessment Study - Huronia Road (Yonge Street to Lockhart Road)

Huronia Road Phase 3 & 4 Report

Class EA - Phases 1 & 2 Report

For information regarding previous EA studies not listed here please contact Infrastructure Planning: (705) 739-4207

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