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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.

Generally speaking, project cycles follow a master plan or planning process,  environmental assessment, detailed design, then construction. Recently completed EA Studies and associated documents are listed below, ordered by date completed.

Whiskey Creek Drainage Improvements at Minet’s Point
Initiated in 2020, completed in 2021  

The City initiated a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Study to address the frequency of Whiskey Creek flooding from The Boulevard to Kempenfelt Bay.

This reach of Whiskey Creek, including both public and private property within the Whiskey Creek floodplain, experiences regular flooding. This EA assessed solutions to mitigate flooding between The Boulevard and Kempenfelt Bay.

Status: The Notice of Study Commencement was issued in September 2020. A virtual Public Information Centre took place in February 2021. The final report was approved by Council May 31, 2021 by Motion 21-G-127.  The Notice of Completion was issued in June 2021. By this notice, the Whiskey Creek Drainage Improvements at Minet's Point EA Report was made available for public review. Those with questions or concerns related to the Preferred Alternative or identified projects recommended in the ESR were asked to submit concerns  before July 26, 2021.

Consultant: The City retained Tatham Engineering Limited to complete a detailed evaluation of the existing condition and undertake an investigation of alternatives.

Study Level: Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)

Purpose: Alternative drainage solutions were developed and evaluated based on their natural, physical, social, cultural, and economic impacts and the opportunities and constraints of the project. Alternative solutions could have included changes to the existing road, creek culverts, and other infrastructure in the area to mitigate flooding downstream of The Boulevard to Kempenfelt Bay.

Scope: The study area encompassed the Whiskey Creek floodplain from the outlet at Kempenfelt Bay to just upstream of The Boulevard. The key considerations of the assessment include impacts to property, existing infrastructure, emergency access, transportation routes, and natural heritage.​

Preferred Alternative: The preferred alternative has been selected as Alternative 3: 50-Year Return Event. Preferred Alternative Conceptual Drawing

Final Report

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why was this not completed as part of the City-Wide Drainage Master Plan?

A: The impacts to the various key considerations were not able to be assessed under enough detail within the scope of the City-wide Master Plan. A site-specific study is required to further evaluate the alternatives.

Q: Will this project eliminate all flooding in the area of Minet's Point?

A: There are two types of flooding that occur in the Minet's Point neighbourhood. These include creek flooding (due to Whiskey Creek overtopping its banks) and lake flooding (due to Lake Simcoe water levels being high). This study will focus on flooding due to Whiskey Creek.

Q: When will the project happen?

A: The timeline for construction will depend on the selected Preferred Alternative, impacts to existing infrastructure, as well as the City’s capital planning process.

Q: Will Minet’s Point Park be impacted by this project?

A: The impacts to Minet’s Point Park will not be fully understood until the preferred alternative is selected. One of the key considerations of the EA is to minimize impacts to the park during construction.

Dunlop Street Corridor Improvements (Ferndale Dr. to Anne St.) 
Initiated in 2019, completed in 2020

The City of Barrie initiated a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study to adress the current and future transportation needs for Dunlop Street West, Ferndale Drive to Anne Street.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) initiated detailed design for Highway 400 improvements at the Dunlop Street interchange, Anne Street crossing and Sunnidale Road crossing. The City initiated a Schedule ‘C’ Class EA study to coordinate improvements identified in the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) for Dunlop Street with MTO’s detailed design project. Information pertaining to MTO improvements (and contact information) can be found at http://highway400dunlopannesunnidale.com.

Purpose

The City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identified the need to widen Dunlop Street from Ferndale Drive to Anne Street. The TMP completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA process, this study will complete Phases 3 and 4.

The TMP recommended the following improvements to the Dunlop Street corridor between Ferndale Drive and Anne Street:

  • Widening to a 5-lane cross-section by 2031;
  • Widening to a 7-lane cross-section by 2041;
  • Enhanced pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks on both sides of the Dunlop Street corridor), and
  • Cycling infrastructure on adjacent non-interchange highway crossings (Anne Street and Tiffin Street).

This study evaluated alternative design concepts within the study area. The study considered impacts to the natural, cultural, social and technical environments, gathered input from agencies, affected groups and the general public within the study area. The planning and decision-making process was documented in an Environmental Study Report (ESR), which was available for a 30-day public review period at the completion of the study.

Key Considerations

Improving east-west traffic operations in consideration of future growth to 2041, and integrating improvements with MTO’s detailed design project.  

Status

Council approved staff recommendations for Alternative Design Concept 1 as the preferred design solution on June 29, 2020. The preferred design solution includes two phases: interim and ultimate. The interim configuration was proposed to be built as part of the MTO Dunlop Interchange Reconstruction Project.  The ultimate configuration (consisting of median implementation between Sarjeant Drive and Cedar Pointe Drive) will be considered for future implementation pending traffic operations performance (the ultimate configuration is Alternative Design Concept 1).

Council also approved the staff recommendation to adopt Alternative Design Concept 3 for planning purposes and corridor protection. The draft final Environmental Study Report and all related information can be found under the Available Information Section.

The Notice of Study Completion was published in the Barrie Advance (July 16 and July 23, 2020), on the City's EA study webpage, and on the City's social media channels. The printed Notice of Study Completion placed the study on public record for a 30-day review period. 

Public Input

Public consultation was a fundamental component of the study. Consultation was ongoing throughout the project.

  • Public Information Centre No. 2:
    Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 2 was held on November 6, 2019 in Huronia Room A/B on the 2nd Floor at City Hall (70 Collier Street).  The purpose of PIC No. 2 was to present updated study information including alternative design concepts and the technically preferred alternative.  Detailed drawings were available for the alternative design concepts that included specific property impacts and access management recommendations.
  • Public Information Centre No. 1:
    PIC No. 1 was held on June 19, 2019 at City Hall.  The purpose of PIC No. 1 was to present the study purpose, scope and provide an early opportunity to engage with the project team.  All property owners and tenants within the study area received a notification letter. 

Draft Final Environmental Study Report

November 2019

May 2019

 June 2019

Sunnidale Road Sanitary Sewer Relocation
Initiated in 2018, completed in 2019
The City undertook a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to study alternative alignments to relocate the existing sanitary sewer off of the Sunnidale Road Highway 400 bridge and assess the relative environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts.

Background: The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) received Environmental Assessment approval for Highway 400 transportation improvements that include the replacement of the Sunnidale Road bridge. The MTO requested the Corporation of the City of Barrie (the City) to plan for and relocate the existing sanitary sewer that is presently located within the bridge super structure as they desire the replacement bridge to be free of third party utilities.

Study Level: Schedule ‘B’

Key Considerations: Maintaining gravity conveyance for the upstream catchment area.

MTO Improvements: Questions pertaining to MTO transportation improvements and/or the replacement of the bridge structure should be directed to Ms. Salia Kalali, Senior Project Engineer at the MTO (Salia.Kalali@ontario.ca, 416-235-6570).

Status: A project file is complete (see Draft Final Class EA Study Report) and the Notice of Completion was advertised on October 10th and 17th, 2019. The 30-day review period concluded on November 17th, 2019.

Notices/Letters:

October 2019

September 2019

May 2019

November 2018

Available Material:

Master Plan Updates: Water Supply, Water Distribution & Storage, Wastewater Collection, & Wastewater Treatment
Initiated in 2017, completed in 2019

Status: The Notice of Study Commence​ment was published in August 2017. A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on November 1, 2018. The final draft reports are posted below. Barrie City Council endorsed the Master Plans on May 13, 2019. Please see May 2019 sta​ff report re Infrastructure Master Plans. The Notice of Completion was issued in June 2019.

Consultant:  WSP Canada

Study Level: Municipal Class EA – Master Planning Process, Approach #2

Purpose: The Master Plans were updated to identify future water and wastewater servicing needs to accommodate:

  • Residential and employment growth;
  • Intensification of the City as required by Provincial Policy; and,
  • Optimal design and delivery of water and wastewater servicing city-wide.

The study area encompassed the entire city, including the annexation lands.

Scope: Alternative water and wastewater servicing solutions were developed and evaluated based on a review of their natural, physical, social, cultural and financial impacts. The Master Plans will identify the water and wastewater servicing projects that will be required to accommodate growth and intensification over the planning horizon. 

Key Considerations: Accom​modating future water and wastewater demands, meeting regulatory requirements and the natural environment.

Final Reports: The final reports are available for download on the Infrastructure Master Plans webpage.

Drainage Master Plan
Initiated in 2017, completed in 2019

Status: The Notice of Study Commencement was published in June 2017. A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on November 2, 2017. A second PIC was held on April 17, 2018. Barrie City Council endorsed the Master Plans on May 13, 2019. Please see May 2019 sta​ff report re Infrastructure Master Plans. The Notice of Completion was issued in June 2019 for the Master Plans. Notice of Completion was issued in November 2019 for the Tollendal Mill Road Bridge Project.

Consultant:  C.C. Tatham & Associates Limited Study Level: Municipal Class EA – Master Planning Process, Approach #2 **Please Note: We have switched the study to Approach #2 prior to the second PIC.

Purpose: To consider design alternatives and establish the preferred recommended design alternative for drainage improvements throughout the City of Barrie.

Scope: The study was completed in accordance with Approach #2 of the Master Planning Process outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015).  Alternative drainage solutions were developed and evaluated based on their natural, physical, social, cultural, and economic impacts and the opportunities and constraints of the project. A Notice of Completion is being issued for Schedule B projects. The Master Plan will become the basis for, and be used in support of, future investigations for Schedule C projects identified within it.  The Study Area excludes the Sophia Creek watershed and Mulcaster drainage area and the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plan Areas, which were studied under separate projects.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, municipal road systems, public safety and the natural environment.

Final Report: The final report and appendices are available for download via the Infrastructure Master Plans webpage.

Master Plan Update: Transportation
Initiated in 2017, completed in 2019

Status: The Notice of Study Commencement was published in August and September of 2017.  A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on November 13, 2018.  Final Draft report is now available on the website (below). Barrie City Council endorsed the Master Plans on May 13, 2019. Please see May 2019 sta​ff report re Infrastructure Master PlansThe Notice of Completion was issued in June 2019 for the Master Plans. 

Consultant:  The City has retained the consulting firm WSP to complete this study.

Study Level: Municipal Class EA – Master Planning Process, Approach #2

Purpose: The Transportation Master Plan has:

  • Reviewed existing conditions;
  • Identified transportation improvements, including road widenings and active transportation/transit improvements, to accommodate growth;
  • Identified and assessed alternatives based on modal split and identify a preferred alternative solution; and
  • Developed a long-range implementation plan to 2041.

The study area encompasses all of Barrie.

Scope: The TMP Update is being conducted in accordance with Approach #2 of the Master Plan process as prescribed in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) document for municipal road projects.  The Master Plan Update will address Phases 1 and 2 of the five-phase Municipal Class EA Process.

Key Considerations: Developing plans to increase active transportation and transit use, improve options to keep Barrie moving during planned growth, and developing comprehensive, environmentally sound solutions.

Final Transportation Master Plan: The final report and appendices are available for download on the Infrastructure Master Plans webpage.

Bayview Drive & Big Bay Point Road Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2015, completed in 2017

Related webpage: Design Project: Bayview Dr & Big Bay Point Rd Transportation Improvements

Status: Study was initiated in 2015; the Notice of Study Commencement was published in August of 2015. The Draft Final report was completed and a letter/information package to keep interested parties informed was mailed out on November 10, 2016. Council endorsed the preferred design alternative recommended by staff in December 2016 (see Staff Report ENG012​-16)​ and directed Staff through to publish a Notice of Completion for this project (issued January 26, 2017).

Consultant: C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C.

Purpose: To consider design alternatives and establish the preferred recommended design alternative for transportation improvements on Bayview Drive (Little Avenue to Big Bay Point Road) and Big Bay Point Road (Bayview Drive to Huronia Road).

Scope: City of Barrie looked at a number of design alternatives associated with implementing transportation improvements Bayview Drive and Big Bay Point. The impact of active transportation improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments was also looked at during the study.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, driveway and trees within the study area.

Public Information Centre: A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Wednesday March 2, 2016, Southshore Community Centre, 4–7pm. The public was invited to attend the PIC to review and provide comments on the proposed design alternative solutions. Comments and responses received from the PIC will be considered in the development of the preferred design alternative solution. Related document: Bayview Drive & Big Bay Point Road Class EA - PIC presentation 

Reports

Bayview Drive & Big Bay Point Road Phase 3 & 4 Report - Final

Appendix A - Notice of Study Commencement

Appendix B - Background Information 

Appendix C - Railway Crossing Assessment 

Appendix D - Traffic Operations Assessment

Appendix E - Stormwater Management Analysis

Appendix F - Geotechnical Investigation

Appendix G1 – Natural Heritage Impact Assessment Report

Appendix G2 - Natural Heritage Impact Assessment, Appendix A (Part 1)

Appendix G3 - Natural Heritage Impact Assessment, Appendix A (Part 2) 

Appendix G4 - Natural Heritage Impact Assessment, Appendix B to D 

Appendix H - Traffic Noise Impact Report

Appendix I - Archaeological Report (Stage I)

Appendix J - Construction Costs

Appendix K - Design Alternatives - Concept Drawings

Appendix L - PIC

Appendix M - First Nations Consultation

Appendix N - Preferred Design Alternative - Concept Drawings

Appendix O - Watermain Assessment

Appendix P - Notice of Completion

 

Bell Farm Road Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2016, completed in 2017

See design/construction project: Bell Farm Road ROW Expansion 

Status: The Notice of Commencement was published in September 2016. The Notice of Completion was published in July 2017 for the 30-day public review period commencing July 27, 2017.

Consultant: BT Engineering (BTE)

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule 'C'

Purpose: The Multi-modal Active Transportation Master Plan (MMATMP) identified the need for implementing/improving active transportation infrastructure (bicycle and pedestrian facilities), intersection improvements and road widenings. The MMATMP completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA process. These studies developed design alternatives based on the MMATMP recommendations to implement the above noted improvements and completed Phases 3 and 4 of the Class EA process.

Scope: The Study team looked at a number of design alternatives to address the above noted improvements and assess impacts on the physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments. This process facilitated the decision-making process to identify a preferred alternative design solution.

Key Considerations: Property, driveway and tree impacts.

Reports

Notice of Study Completion 

Council Direction Memo

Staff Report

Environmental Study Report

Environmental Study Report - Appendices

Public Information Centres

Public Information Centre #3 
Wednesday May 3, 2017, 4–7 pm
City Hall Rotunda 

The preliminary technically preferred alternatives were presented.  The public was invited to review and provide comments on the technically preferred alternatives. PIC #3 Information Panels. PIC #3 Resources

Notice to Residents, Agencies and First Nations

Comment Sheet

Environmental Study Report

Appendices

Technically Preferred Plan - Bell Farm Road

Public Information Centre #2
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 4–7pm
City Hall Rotunda 

The public was invited to review and provide comments on alternative concepts for both projects. PIC #2 Information Panels. PIC #2 Resources:

PIC Information Panels - November 23, 2016

PIC Advertisement

Notice to Residents, Agencies and First Nations

Comment Sheet

Draft Study Design Report

Public Information Centre #1: The first PIC of the public consultation process outlined transportation projects on a City-wide basis occurred during the development of the Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan. 

Bryne / Harvie / Essa Transportation Improvements
Initiated & completed in 2017

See construction project: Harvie Rd / Big Bay Point Rd / Highway 400 Crossing

The City undertook a Municipal Class EA to address transportation improvements for Bryne Drive, Harvie Road and Essa Road to determine the most appropriate design for future reconstruction projects, as recommended in the Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan.

Status: The Notice of Study Commencement was published in June 2017. The Notice of Completion was published in October 2017 for the 30-day public review period commencing October 12, 2017.

Consultant: Hatch Corporation. 

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C

Purpose: To evaluate design alternatives and identify the preferred design alternative for transportation improvements on Bryne Drive, Harvie Road and Essa Road.

Scope: City of Barrie considered a number of design alternatives associated with implementing transportation improvements. The impact of the transportation improvements on the physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments was also considered during the study.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, driveway and trees within the study area.

Public Information Centre:A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Thursday June 22, 2017, at the Holly Community Centre in the Multi-Purpose Room, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to allow the public to review and provide comments on the proposed alternative design concepts. Comments received from the PIC were considered in the development of the preferred design alternative. Related documents:

1. PIC No. 1 Presentation Boards
2. Bryne Dr Alternative Designs
3. Harvie Rd Alternative Designs
4. Essa Rd Alternative Designs
5. Harvie - BBP Highway 400 Crossing Detail
6. Harvie - BBP Highway 400 Crossing Bryne Dr to Bayview Dr

Reports

Environmental Study Report: Bryne Harvie Essa Transportation Improvements

Appendix A - Transportation Reports - Bryne Drive

Appendix A - Transportation Reports - Essa Road

Appendix A - Transportation Reports - Harvie Road

Appendix B - Natural Environment - Bryne Drive

Appendix B - Natural Environment - Essa Road

Appendix B - Natural Environment - Harvie Road

Appendix C - SWM and Drainage - Main Body

Appendix C - SWM and Drainage - Appendices Part 1

Appendix C - SWM and Drainage - Appendices Part 2

Appendix C - SWM and Drainage - Appendices Part 3

Appendix D - Noise Assessment Report

Appendix E - Stage 1 Archaeological Assessments

Appendix F - CHRA

Appendix G - Preferred Design Concepts - Bryne Drive

Appendix G - Preferred Design Concepts - Essa Road

Appendix G - Preferred Design Concepts - Harvie Road

Appendix H - Consultation

Appendix I - Costs

 

Hewitt Secondary Plan Area Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2015, completed in 2017

This Municipal Class EA addressed transportation improvements for the Hewitt Secondary Plan Area to determine the most appropriate design for future reconstruction projects, as recommended in the City’s Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan.

Status: Study was initiated in 2015. The Notice of Completion was posted in October 2017 for the 30-day public review period commencing October 12, 2017.

Consultant: Hatch Ltd

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C. (Phases 3 & 4)

Purpose: To consider design alternatives and establish the preferred recommended design alternative for transportation improvements in the Hewitt Secondary Plan Area.

Scope: The City will look at a number of design alternatives associated with implementing transportation improvements.  The impact of transportation improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments will also be looked at during the study.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, driveway and trees within the study area.

Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 1: Public Information Centre (PIC) took place on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Liberty North Banquet Hall from 4–7pm. The public was invited to attend the PIC to review and provide comments on the proposed design alternative solutions. Comments and responses received* will be considered in the development of the preferred design alternative solution. Related Documents: PIC OverviewHewitt's PIC Presentation

Design Alternatives:

Key Plan

Big Bay Point Road - McCormick Gate to 20 Sideroad

Lockhart Rd - Huronia to Yonge

Lockhart Rd - Yonge to 20th Sideroad

Lockhart Rd - Grade Separation

Mapleview Dr E - Huronia to Goodwin

Mapleview Dr E - Goodwin to 20th Sideroad

Mapleview Dr E - Grade Separation - Option 1

Mapleview Dr E - Grade Separation - Option 2

Yonge St - Mapleview to Lockhart

Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 2:  A Public Information Centre (PIC) took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Liberty North Banquet Hall, 100 Caplan Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to present the preferred design alternative solutions derived from the evaluation of the alternative designs and public input.  Related Documents:  PIC #2 Presentation

Preferred PreliminaryDesigns:

 Alternative Evaluation - Big Bay Point Road

Alternative Evaluation - Lockhart Rail Crossing

Alternative Evaluation - Lockhart Road

Alternative Evaluation - Mapleview Drive

Alternative Evaluation - Mapleview Rail Crossing

Alternative Evaluation - Yonge Street

Big Bay Point Road - McCormick Gate to 20 Sideroad

Lockhart Road - Preferred - Huronia to Yonge

Lockhart Road - Preferred - Yonge to 20 Sideroad

Mapleview Drive East Preferred - Goodwin to 20 Sideroad

Mapleview Drive East Preferred - Huronia to Goodwin

Yonge Street Preferred - Mapleview to Lockhart

*Anyone not able to attend and would like to provide feedback can contact Alvaro Almuina, Project Coordinator at 705-739-4220 x4458 or Alvaro.Almuina@barrie.ca

Reports

Hewitt's SP Class EA - Environmental Study Report.pdf

Appendix A - Transportation.pdf

Appendix B - Natural Environment - Appendices.pdf

Appendix B - Natural Environment.pdf

Appendix C - Geomorphology.pdf

Appendix D - CHAR.pdf

Appendix D - CHAR - Part 2.pdf

Appendix E - Structural Assessment.pdf

Appendix F - Noise Impact.pdf

Appendix G - Drainage and SWM.pdf

Appendix G - Drainage and SWM - Appendix Part 1.pdf

Appendix G - Drainage and SWM - Appendix Part 2.pdf

Appendix G - Drainage and SWM - Appendix Part 3.pdf

Appendix G - Drainage and SWM - Appendix Part 4.pdf

Appendix H - Geotechnical and Pavement Investigations.pdf

Appendix I - Evaluation Design Concepts.pdf

Appendix J - Watermain and Sanitary Sewer.pdf

Appendix K - Preferred Design Concepts - Big Bay Point Rd.pdf

Appendix K - Preferred Design Concepts - Lockhart Road.pdf

Appendix K - Preferred Design Concepts - Mapleview Dr.pdf

Appendix K - Preferred Design Concepts - Yonge Street.pdf

Appendix L - Consultation.pdf

Appendix L - Consultation - Comments.pdf

Appendix M - Railway Crossing Assessment.pdf

Appendix N - Survey.pdf

Appendix O - Cost.pdf

 

McKay Rd East / Hwy 400 Interchange, Lockhart Rd / Salem Rd Crossing & Associated Works
Initiated in 2015, completed in 2017

This CLASS EA Phases 3 & 4 addressed transportation improvements for the McKay Rd East - Highway 400 Interchange, Lockhart Rd/Salem Rd Crossing and Associated Works to determine the most appropriate design for future reconstruction projects, as recommended in the City’s Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan.

Status: Study was initiated in 2015. The Notice of Completion was posted in December 2017 for the 45-day public review period commencing December 21, 2017.

Consultant: WSP / MMM Group Ltd

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C.

Purpose: To consider design alternatives and establish the preferred recommended design alternative for transportation improvements on McKay Road East - Highway 400 Interchange, Lockhart Road/Salem Road Crossing and Associated Works

Scope:  The City looked at a number of design alternatives associated with implementing transportation improvements. The impact of transportation improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments was also looked at during the study.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, driveway and trees within the study area.

Public Information Centre (PIC) N0.1: Public Information Centre (PIC) took place Thursday September 22, 2016, at the Liberty North Banquet Hall from 4–7pm. The public was invited to attend the PIC to review and provide comments on the proposed design alternative solutions. Comments and responses received will be considered in the development of the preferred design alternative solution.  Related Documents: PIC General Overview, McKay PIC Presentation, Salem/Lockhart Crossing Options.

Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 2:  A Public Information Centre (PIC) took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Liberty North Banquet Hall, 100 Caplan Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to present the preferred design alternative solutions derived from the evaluation of the alternative designs and public input.   Related DocumentsMcKay PIC 2 PresentationMcKay Rd Interchange Preferred Preliminary Design,  Salem-Lockhart Preferred Preliminary Crossing Design

Reports

McKay Rd IC and Salem Lockhart Class EA ESR FINAL December 2017

Chapter 5 Preliminary Design Plates and Profiles

Appendix A Salem Reservoir and Pumping Station Technical Memorandum

Appendix B MTO Highway 400 TESR Update Preliminary Design Excerpt

Appendix C Natural Heritage Review Supporting Information

Appendix D Drainage and Stormwater Management Report

Appendix E Detailed Assessment Tables

Appendix F Traffic Memoranda

Appendix G Ultimate McKay Road Interchange Design Concept

Appendix H Utility Conflict Plan

Appendix I Conceptual Design – Salem Road and McKay Road Trunk Watermain and Sanitary Sewer

Appendix J Preliminary Cost Estimate

Appendix K Consultation PART 1

Appendix K Consultation PART 2

Appendix K Consultation PART 3

Appendix L Noise Analysis

Appendix M Tree Assessment

Ross / Collier / Bayfield Streets Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2016, completed in 2017

The City undertook a Schedule 'C' Municipal Class EA for transportation improvements on Ross Street (Toronto to Bayfield), Collier Street (Bayfield  to Clapperton), Bayfield Street (Ross to Collier), and the intersection of Ross/Collier/Bayfield Streets.

Status: The Notice of Commencement was published in September 2016. The Notice of Completion was published in August 2017 posted for the 30-day public review period commencing August 17, 2017.

Consultant: BT Engineering (BTE)

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule 'C'

Purpose: The Multi-modal Active Transportation Master Plan (MMATMP) identified the need for implementing/improving active transportation infrastructure (bicycle and pedestrian facilities), intersection improvements and road widenings. The MMATMP completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA process. These studies developed design alternatives based on the MMATMP recommendations to implement the above noted improvements and completed Phases 3 and 4 of the Class EA process.

Scope: The Study team looked at a number of design alternatives to address the above noted improvements and assess impacts on the physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments. This process facilitated the decision-making process to identify a preferred alternative design solution.

Key Considerations: Property, driveway and tree impacts.

Reports

Public Information Centres

Public Information Centre #3 
Wednesday May 3, 2017, 4–7 pm
City Hall Rotunda 

The preliminary technically preferred alternatives were presented.  The public was invited to review and provide comments on the technically preferred alternatives. PIC #3 Information Panels. PIC #3 Resources:

Notice to Residents, Agencies and First Nations

Comment Sheet

Environmental Study Report

Appendices

Technically Preferred Plan - Ross Street - Toronto to Bayfieldd

Technically Preferred Plan - Stage 1 Interim Roundabout

Technically Preferred Plan - Stage 2 Ultimate Roundabout 

The animation illustrates traffic navigating a roundabout at Ross Street and Bayfield Street which is recommended as the preliminary preferred design solution. The purpose of the roundabout is to improve east-west traffic movement in the downtown and enhance walkability by providing designated pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Ross Street and Bayfield Street. Get more detail.

Animation 

Public Information Centre #2
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 4–7pm
City Hall Rotunda 

The public was invited to review and provide comments on alternative concepts for both projects. PIC #2 Information Panels. PIC #2 Resources:

Public Information Centre #1: The first PIC of the public consultation process outlining transportation projects on a City-wide basis occurred during the development of the Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan. 

Salem Secondary Plan Area Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2015, completed in 2017

This Class EA addresses transportation improvements for the Salem Secondary Plan Area to determine the most appropriate design for future reconstruction projects, as recommended in the City’s Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan.

Status: Study was initiated in 2015. The Noti​ce of Completion was published in October 2017 for the 30-day public review period commencing October 12, 2017.

Consultant: Stantec Consulting Ltd

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C

Purpose: To consider design alternatives and establish the preferred recommended design alternative for transportation improvements in the Salem Secondary Plan Area.

Scope: The City looked at a number of design alternatives associated with implementing transportation improvements. The impact of transportation improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments will also be looked at during the study.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, driveway and trees within the study area.

Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 1 :  Public Information Centre (PIC) took place Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Liberty North Banquet Hall from 4–7pm. The public was invited to review and provide comments on the proposed design alternative solutions. Comments and responses received* will be considered in the development of the preferred design alternative solution. Related Documents: PIC General Overview, Salem PIC Presentation

Design Alternatives:

Key Plan

Essa Road 

Huronia Road

Lockhart Road

McKay Road - Veterans to Essa

McKay Road - Hwy. 400 to Huronia

Salem Road

Veterans Drive

Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 2:  A Public Information Centre (PIC) took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Liberty North Banquet Hall, 100 Caplan Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to present the preferred design alternative solutions derived from the evaluation of the alternative designs and public input. Related DocumentsPIC 2 Presentation

Preferred Preliminary Designs:

Key Plan

Essa Road

Huronia Road

Lockhart Road

McKay Road East - Veterans to Essa

McKay Road West - Highway 400 to Huronia

Salem Road

Veterans Drive 

Reports

Salem Transportation_Barrie_ESR 

Appendix A_Phases 1 and 2 Information

Appendix B-1_Study Notifications

Appendix B-2_Public Information Centres_Part_1

Appendix B-2_Public Information Centres_Part_2

Appendix B-2_Public Information Centres_Part_3

Appendix B-2_Public Information Centres_Part_4

Appendix B-3_Public Correspondence_Part_1

Appendix B-3_Public Correspondence_Part_2

Appendix B-3_Public Correspondence_Part_3

Appendix B-3_Public Correspondence_Part_4

Appendix B-4_Agency Correspondence

Appendix B-5_Stakeholder Meeting Minutes

Appendix B-6_Indigenous Consultation

Appendix C_Traffic Operations Report

Appendix D_Stormwater Management Report

Appendix D_Drawing 1_0 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 1_1 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 1_2 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 1_3 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 1_4 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 2_0 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 2_1 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 2_2 App A

Appendix D_Drawing 2_3_App A

Appendix D_Drawing 2_4_App A

Appendix E_Preliminary Foundation Investigation

Appendix F_Natural Heritage Report

Appendix G_Cultural Heritage Assessment_Part_1

Appendix G_Cultural Heritage Assessment_Part_2

Appendix H_Stage 1-2 Archaeological Assessment

Appendix I_Noise Impact Assessment

Appendix J_Rail Crossing_Safety Study_Part_1

Appendix J_Rail Crossing_Safety Study_Part_2

Appendix J_Rail Crossing_Safety Study_Part_3

Appendix K_Conceptual Servicing Design Report

Appendix_ L Key-Plan.pdf

 Appendix_L Essa Rd

Appendix_ L Huronia Rd

Appendix_ L Lockhart Rd

Appendix_ L McKay Rd - Veterans to Essa

Appendix_ L McKay Rd -Hwy 400 to Huronia

Appendix_ L Salem Rd

Appendix_ L Veterans Dr

Appendix M_Design Criteria

Appendix N Cover Page

Appendix N_Typical Sections

Appendix N_Driveway Profiles

Appendix N_Essa Road Preferred Design_Plan and Profile

Appendix N_Huronia Road Preferred Design_Plan and Profile

Appendix N_Lockhart Road Preferred Design_Plan and Profile

Appendix N _McKay Road East Preferred Design_Plan and Profiles

Appendix N_McKay Road West Preferred Design_Plan and Profile

Appendix N_Salem Road Preferred Design_Plan and Profile

Appendix N_Veterans Drive Preferred Design_Plan and Profile

Appendix O_Cost Estimate

Sophia Creek Watershed & Mulcaster Drainage Area, Master Drainage Plan Update
Initiated in 2016, completed in 2017

The City undertook a Schedule “B” Municipal Class EA to determine drainage improvements within the Sophia Creek Watershed and Mulcaster drainage area. Study was initiated in 2016; the Notice of Study Commencement was published in August 2016. The Notice of Completion was first issued on November 30, 2017.

Consultant:  C.C. Tatham & Associates Limited

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule “B”

Purpose: To consider design alternatives and establish the preferred recommended design alternative for drainage improvements within the Sophia Creek Watershed.

Scope: City of Barrie looked at a number of alternatives associated with implementing drainage improvements. The impact of these improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments was also be evaluated during the study.

Key Considerations: Impacts on property, municipal road systems, public safety and natural habitat.

Public Information Centre: A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at City Hall  (Huronia Boardrooms A & B, 2nd floor) from 4–7pm. 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 a preferred alternative solution. 

Reports:

 MOECC Part II Order Decision:

Bryne Drive (Caplan to Essa) Master Plan Update
Initiated in 2008, completed in 2016

The City updated Phase 1 & 2 of a Schedule “C” Municipal Class EA to reassess roadway alignment alternatives for a proposed five-lane road extension of Bryne Drive between Caplan Avenue an Essa Road.

Status: Study initiated 2008, completed in 2016.
Note: Phase 1 & 2 was put on hold in 2010 to allow the completion of the Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan and the Harvie Rd / Big Bay Point Rd / Hwy 400 Phase 3 & 4 Class EA (completed in November 2015).

Consultant:Ainley Group

Study Level: Phase 1 & 2 of a Schedule C Municipal Class EA

Purpose: Reassess roadway alignment alternatives for a proposed five-lane road extension of Bryne Drive between Caplan Avenue and Essa Road.

Key Considerations: Accommodation of Highway 400 Crossing over Highway 400 with respect to the road profile and protect for a potential future interchange.

Preferred Alternative: The preferred alignment of the five lane Bryne Drive is from just east of Princess Auto, over the existing stormwater pond berm south of Harvie Road and connecting to Bryne Drive just west of Leon’s Furniture.

The Preferred Solution for Bryne Drive was endorsed by Council in May 2016.  The next step is to retain a consultant to complete  Phase 3 and 4 of the Class EA planning process later in 2016.  Phase 3 & 4 of the Municipal Class process will include additional public consultation.

Reports

Bryne Drive (Caplan Avenue to Essa Road) Master Plan Update March 2016

Appendix A - Notice of Study Commencement

Appendix B - Drawings and Evaluation Summary of Alignment Alternatives Part A

Appendix B - Drawings and Evaluation Summary of Alignment Alternatives Part B

Appendix C - BSD-08 Industrial Urban Cul-De Sac

Appendix D - Tree Report

Appendix E - Geotechnical Investigation

Appendix F - Noise Impact Review

Appendix G - HCM Traffic Operation & Queue Analysis

Appendix H - Land Costs

Appendix I - City Unit Prices

Appendix J - Alternative Comparative Costs

Appendix K - Notice of PIC, Related Correspondence, Consolidated Comment Sheet

Appendix L- Minutes of Meetings

Appendix M - Amos Letter

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

Status: Study initiated 2015, the Notice of Completion was published in April 2016 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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;

Reports

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

Duckworth St Transportation Improvements
Initiated in 2014, completed in 2015

Status: Study was initiated in 2014, the Notice of Completion was published in July 2015 with no request for Part II orders and the Final Draft of the Phase 3&4 Report is being finalized.

Consultant: C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd

Study Level: Municipal Class EA Schedule C

Purpose: To consider design alternatives for impleme​nting bike lane and improve active transportation on Duckworth Street from Bell Farm Road to St Vincent Street.

Scope: City of Barrie looked at a number of design alternatives associated with implementing bike lanes and sidewalks on Duckworth Street. The impact of active transportation improvements on physical, natural, social, cultural and economic environments will also be looked at during the study.

Key Considerations: Property, driveway and tree impacts.

Public Information Centre: A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Thursday April 16, 2015 (4–7pm at City Hall). The public was invited to attend the PIC to review and provide comments on the proposed design alternative solutions. Comments and responses received from the PIC will be considered in the development of the preferred design alternative solution. Related documents: PIC Letter to Residents; PIC Slides

Reports

Council Direction Memo June 22, 2015

Staff Report ENG00915

Duckworth Street Phase 3 & 4 Report: Draft Final

Dunlop St Corridor Improvements
Initiated in 2014, completed in 2015

See construction project: Dunlop Streetscape Project​

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 analyzed 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 

Figures 1 to 37 

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

Related page: Construction 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 looked​ 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
  • Buffered 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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Figure 4

Figure 4a

Figure 5

Figure 6

Figure 7

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

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

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