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  • WELCOME! Online Public Information Centre #1 Montrose Road and Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road

    Municipal Class Environmental ASSESSMENT

    Wednesday June 24, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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  • Public information centre (PIC) #1 Format • Project Team Introductions • Presentation of PIC Materials • Question and Answer Session

    Purpose of Pic #1 • To introduce the study to the public. • To provide interested and/or potentially affected stakeholders with an

    opportunity to participate in the planning and decision-making process. • To present and receive public input on: - Problem/Opportunity Statement. - Concerns and issues pertaining to the study area.Biggar Rd

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    Lyons Creek

    Lyons C reek Rd

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  • Key Project Team

    Niagara Region

    Jordan Frost Project Manager

    Jack Thompson Transportation Strategic Advisor

    Alex Sales Senior Project Manager

    Host (Parsons)

    Dean Meyers PIC Moderator

    Parsons

    Rick Goertz Project Manager

    Marianne Alden Environmental Lead

    Noris Bot Design Lead

    Altaf Hussain Traffic Lead

    Brent Archibald Structural Lead

    Sonia Ahluwalia Contract Manager

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  • Key Project Team

    Jordan Frost Project Manager

    Jordan frost

    Who Am I? • Jordan Frost, P. Eng., PTOE • Manager, Transportation Planning & Sustainability • Transportation Services Division, Public Works

    Department, Niagara Region • Project Manager for the Montrose Road and

    Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

    Why Are We Here? • Niagara Region’s Transportation Master Plan,

    2017 identified capacity improvements and need for active transportation facilities

    • This Capital Project aims to support the planning, design, and operation of the South Niagara Hospital and other area developments

    • In coordination with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and City of Niagara Falls

    How We Are Moving Forward? • Niagara Region has retained the consulting

    engineering services of Parsons to undertake the Assignment

    • Parsons has a comprehensive team of subject matter experts to lead the Environmental Assessment process and Detailed Design

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  • Key Project Team

    Rick Goertz Project Manager

    Rick Goertz

    Who Am I? • Rick Goertz, P. Eng. • Civil Engineer living in Niagara and

    working on Niagara Region projects since 1998

    • Consultant Project Manager for Montrose Road and Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

    What Can You Expect From Tonight’s Presentation? • Understanding the Municipal Class

    Environmental Assessment Process • Consultation During the COVID-19 Pandemic • Drawing on Public and Stakeholder Input • Identifying the Problem/Opportunity Statement • Describing the Existing Road Network and Study Area • Highlighting Key Issues • Coordinating with Transportation Policies • Preparing for Studies to be Completed • Next Steps • How you can get involved • Questions?

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  • Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process Spring/Summer 2020 Summer/Fall 2020 Fall 2020 Fall/Winter 2020 Spring 2021

    Phase 1: phase 2: Phase 3: Phase 4: Phase 5: identify Problem or identify & evaluate Identify & evaluate prepare Environmental Implementation Opportunity Alternative Solutions Alternative Design Concepts Study Report • Detailed design and • Notice of Study • Inventory natural, cultural • Detailed inventory of • Notice of Study tender documents

    Commencement and economic environment natural, cultural and Completion • PIC#4 sent to stakeholders • Opportunities and economic environment • Begin the 45 day • Proceed to

    •PIC#1 constraints within the • PIC#3 review period construction and study area • Select Preferred Design operation

    • Identification of Concept evaluation criteria

    WE ARE HERE • PIC#2 • Select Alternative

    Solution(s) • Confirm MCEA Schedule

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  • Consultation During COVID-19

    Notices were placed in two newspapers for two consecutive weeks (Niagara Falls Review on June 10 and 17, and in Niagara This Week on June 11 and 18). Notices were also mailed to interested persons including property owners, tenants, agencies, special interest groups and Indigenous Communities. This Virtual Open House being hosted today meets the requirements of the Municipal Class EA process.

    Niagara Region is meeting, and exceeding, the requirements for consultation under the Municipal Class EA process:

    Notice of Study Commencement Required

    1st Public Contact ► Phase 1 PIC #1 Optional

    2nd Public Contact ► Phase 2 PIC #2 Required

    3rd Public Contact ► Phase 3 PIC #3 Required

    Notice of Study Completion Required

    4th Public Contact ► Phase 5 PIC #4 Optional

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  • Public and Stakeholder Input Your comments are important to us. Your input will be used to inform the Class EA process by allowing the Project Team to make informed decisions throughout the planning process. This will be completed by an assessment of many factors including: natural environment (terrestrial and aquatic), traffic/transportation, cultural environment (archaeology, cultural heritage), and socio-economic environment. The Project Team will also actively engage involved partnerships including the City of Niagara Falls and the Ministry of Transportation Ontario.

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  • Phase 1 of the Municipal Class EA: Problem/Opportunity Statement Problem Identification Within the study area, Montrose Road and Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road is located in an area of existing, new and proposed development. As identified in the Region’s Transportation Master Plan (2017), this existing and continued development requires road improvements to manage the demands of increased traffic volumes (both vehicular and active transportation). The TMP also identifies this section of Montrose Road and Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road as an active transportation route, but facilities do not exist to adequately accommodate cyclists or pedestrians.

    Opportunity Statement Opportunities exist to improve the form and function of Montrose Road and Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road. These include: • Create an improved roadway for all modes of transportation

    (vehicular, active transportation, and transit) based on the Complete Streets approach;

    • Improve road safety for all road-users (i.e., Vision Zero) • Enhance the transportation corridor to facilitate regional and

    local movement of people and goods; • Address future travel demand associated with population and

    employment growth; and • A long-term vision of street design that supports mixed use

    development.

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  • Existing Road Network Montrose Road Montrose Road is a regional north-south road with a posted speed limit that ranges between 50–70 km/h • Generally a two-lane rural cross section with partial paved shoulders

    and gravel shoulders • The section from McLeod Road to Canadian Drive is mostly four

    lanes with an urbanized cross-section with curb and gutter and storm sewers

    • The road right-of-way (ROW) width varies between 20–45m but is generally around 30m wide

    • No existing cycling or pedestrian facilities, except an existing sidewalk along the west side of Montrose Road at Niagara Square

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    Biggar Rd

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    McLeod Rd

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    STUDY AREA

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    49

    98

    Lyons Creek

    Lyons C reek Rd

  • Existing Road Network

    Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road Lyons Creek Road/Biggar Road is a regional/municipal east-west road with a posted speed limit of 80 km/h. • Two-lane rural cross section with gravel shoulders • The QEW interchange area is urbanized with curb and gutter • The road right-of-way (ROW) width for Lyons Creek Road is 30m

    wide, and Biggar Road is 23m wide • No existing cycling or pedestrian facilities

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    Biggar Rd

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