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Jul 21, 2010  |  Vote 0    0

Plans for Lower Don Lands and Keating Channel unveiled

People have until August 16 to view and provide feedback

East York Mirror

Members of the public have several ways to review and comment on the recently completed Lower Don Lands Infrastructure Master Plan and the Keating Channel Precinct Environmental Study Report.

The documents are available for perusing at www.waterfrontoronto.ca/lowerdonlands or at Waterfront Toronto's headquarters at 20 Bay St., Ste. 1310 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The study can also be viewed at the Toronto Public Library's City Hall Branch at 100 Queen St. W. as well as at the St. Lawrence Branch, 171 Front St. E.

Those wishing to comment on the report should write to Waterfront Toronto, 20 Bay St., Ste. 1310, Toronto, ON, M5J 2N8, (attention Brenda Webster, project manager). People can also email their feedback to info@waterfrontoronto.ca or fax 416-214-4591. Comments must be received by August 16.

Citizens who feel their concerns about the study cannot be resolved through discussion with Waterfront Toronto can also request the Ontario Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Act. This request must also be received by August 16 to the Minister of the Environment, 135 St. Clair Ave. W., 10th floor, Toronto, ON, M4V 1P5. A copy of the request must also be sent to Waterfront Toronto.

The City of Toronto and the TTC will move forward with the design and construction if no requests are received by Aug. 16, 2010.

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Essentially, the study integrates the Municipal Class EA process with the precinct planning process in the Lower Don Lands, a 300-acre site roughly bounded by the Don rail yard, the Gardiner Expressway, the Parliament Street slip, the Ship Channel, and the Don Roadway.

The Master Plan looks at transportation, water/wastewater, and storm water management in the Lower Don lands.

The third and fourth phases of the Class EA process involves the Keating Channel Precinct, which is generally bounded by the Don rail yard, the Parliament Street slip, Villiers Street, and the Don Roadway/the Don Valley Parkway.

A series of approvals are currently in the works for several projects including improvements to the Cherry Street portal at the Union Station rail corridor as well as a new stormwater retention and detention facility among other things in the Lower Don Lands and Keating Channel Precinct in accordance with the Municipal Class EA.

-Joanna Lavoie

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