Brett Gratrix, P.Eng.
Infrastructure Planning Engineer
705-739-4220 Ext 5117
As required by the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (LSPP), the City is completing an assessment of alternative stormwater management strategies to specifically improve stormwater quality, water balance and erosion control. This study also includes a preliminary assessment of alternative funding sources to operate a financially sustainable stormwater management system.
Status: Study initiated 2014 (Stage 1) and is underway (Stage 2)
Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule B
Purpose: To consider alternative stormwater management strategies to improve stormwater quality, water balance and erosion control. This study also includes a preliminary assessment of alternative funding sources to operate a financially sustainable stormwater management system.
Scope: This study will look at alternative stormwater management strategies that can be implemented on a City-wide basis as well as specific additional stormwater management opportunities consisting of underground infiltration galleries located within parks/school playing fields, low impact development retrofits as part of road reconstruction projects and the retrofit of direct draining catchments with mechanical water quality devices. This study will assess the impacts of the overall strategies on the physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments. The City has expanded the scope of this project to include areas within the NVCA boundary to allow the development of a consistent, City-wide stormwater management strategy.
Key Considerations: The purpose of the LSPP is to restore aquatic life, improve water quality, maintain water quantity, improve shorelines and natural heritage features and address impacts of invasive species, climate change and recreational activities. The development and implementation of the CSWM-MP is seen as a key vehicle for meeting the vision and objectives of the LSPP. The CSWM-MP will provide direction to the City of Barrie on how the LSPP objectives will be achieved through the effective management of stormwater within existing and expanding settlement areas.
Public Information Centre #1 was held on June 25, 2015 at the Dorian Parker Centre. The public was invited to review and provide comments on the alternative stormwater management strategies and additional stormwater management opportunities within the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority boundary.
Public Information Centre #2 was held on December, 15, 2015, at City Hall. The public was invited to review information panels and provide comments on the preliminary preferred alternative solution, additional stormwater management opportunities and funding considerations. Project team members were available to answer questions and discuss issues with members of the public. Comments and responses received from the PIC will be considered in fine tuning of the preliminary preferred alternative solution that will be presented to City Council. Related document:PIC #2 Letter to Residents
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