Notice of Commencement Transit Project Assessment Process Western Extension of the Confederation Line LRT

The Project

The City of Ottawa is proposing to expand the City’s Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) network, currently under construction, to the east, west and southwest regions of the City. The Western Extension of the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit includes extending the Confederation Line further west from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Baseline and Bayshore Stations as well as a developing a Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Nepean-Woodroffe corridor, south of Norice Avenue. The purpose of this project is to provide a higher level of transit service to growing communities in the west and southwest of the city, a need identified in the City of Ottawa’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan.

The Plan will:

  • Add 13 kilometres of rail and 10 LRT stations to the City’s overall transit network at Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Iris, Baseline, Queensview, Pinecrest, and Bayshore.
  • Connect directly to the West Transitway and the Southwest Transitway to facilitate connections to the communities of Kanata and Barrhaven.

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The Process

Planning efforts have been completed and this project will be assessed according to the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08. As part of the TPAP, an Environmental Project Report (EPR) will be prepared by the proponent, the City of Ottawa, to document the study process, the environmental conditions, alternatives considered, the planned project, anticipated environmental impacts, appropriate mitigation and the project’s consultation program.

During the Notice of Commencement phase of the environmental assessment, copies of the draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) will be available to provide interested parties time to review and provide feedback prior to the formal 30-day public review period following the posting of the Notice of Completion.

The draft EPR will be available in print at the locations below:

City Hall Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

Centrepointe Library (Nepean)
101 Centrepointe Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 5K7

Carlingwood Library
281 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 3W4

A digital version of the draft EPR will be available for downloading, in whole or in part, at the following web address: Ottawa.ca/westernlrt

Consultation

Interested persons are invited to review the work completed to-date during the planning phase including a study summary, previous consultation efforts and reports presented to City Council. This information is available on the City web site at: Ottawa.ca/westernlrt

Given the extent of prior consultation, and the availability of a draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) for public review, it is anticipated that the City will issue the Notice of Completion in early September 2016 (which is within the maximum 120-day period in the TPAP Regulation). Notification will be provided in advance of the formal 30-day public review period. Further information on the Transit Projects Assessment Process is available at:

Ontario.ca/document/guide-environmental-assessment-requirements-transit-projects

To Submit Comments

If you have project-related questions or comments, or have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this project, please contact the Project Manager on behalf of the proponent, the City of Ottawa:

Nelson Edwards
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning Branch – Environmental Assessment Unit
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 21290             Fax: 613-580-2578
E-mail: nelson.edwards@ottawa.ca

If you would like to be added to our project mailing list, please register on-line at ottawa.ca/esubscriptions

Comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record as per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

Direct submissions to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. Unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

Notice first published on 2 June 2016