Notice of Study Completion

The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for the Downsview Major Roads network. The objective of the study was to recommend a design for the new road network.

Following extensive consultation with the community, business groups, Canada Lands Company, Build Toronto, Bombardier and the Canadian Armed Forces Denison Armoury, the following key elements have been identified:

  • A four lane 2.3 kilometer (km) long multi-modal northerly extension of Transit Road to provide a connection to Chesswood Drive and Sheppard Avenue West.
  • A four lane 1.2 km long multi-modal westerly extension of Transit Road across Sheppard Avenue West to Keele Street inclusive of an underpass at the Metrolinx Barrie Rail Corridor.
  • A two lane 2.6 km multi-modal road running south from the future Transit Road inclusive of an overpass across the Metrolinx Barrie Rail Corridor.
A four lane 2.3 kilometer (km) long multi-modal northerlyextension of Transit Road to provide a connection toChesswood Drive and Sheppard Avenue West. A four lane 1.2 km long multi-modal westerly extension of Transit Road across Sheppard Avenue West to Keele Street inclusive of a underpass at the Metrolinx Barrie Rail Corridor. A two lane 2.6 km multi-modal road running south from thefuture Transit Road inclusive of an overpass across theMetrolinx Barrie Rail Corridor.
Recommended Road Network

The recommended alignments have been refined to maximize the potential for parks, boulevards, developments and employment opportunities. The recommended transportation network design applies a multi-modal approach including connected multi-use trails (e.g. for cycling), wide sidewalks and one to two traffic lanes in each direction on the roadway.

Read the more detailed Executive Summary.

A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was completed as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan in 2010. These major roads identified in the TMP are needed to address the severely constrained existing road network through the site, reduce congestion along surrounding roads, such as Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue, and to allow for redevelopment of the Downsview Area to occur.

The City hosted a public drop-in event on October 26, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Engagement Hub within Downsview Park (70 Canuck Ave.).

View display panels from the event:

If you require assistance in reading these materials, please contact the Senior Public Consultation Coordinator listed in the Contact Information section.

The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule C projects under the Municipal Class EA. An Environmental Study Report has been placed on public record for a 30-day review period starting July 26, 2018 and ending August 27, 2018. It is available for review online below:

Read the Executive Summary.

Appendices (large PDF files, available on request):

  • Appendix A. – Traffic Study Report – Existing Conditions
  • Appendix B. – HCM 2000 and SimTraffic Reports
  • Appendix C. – Utility Composite Plan
  • Appendix D. – Natural Environment Technical Report
  • Appendix E. – Stage 1 and 2 Archaeological Assessment
  • Appendix F. – Heritage Impact Assessment
  • Appendix G. – Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  • Appendix H. – Functional Street Network Design
  • Appendix I. – Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation
  • Appendix J. – Storm Servicing and Stormwater Management Memo
  • Appendix K. – Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate
  • Appendix L. – Public Consultation Report

If you require assistance in reading these materials, please contact the Senior Public Consultation Coordinator listed in the Contact Information section.

A printed version is available for review at the following location:

Downsview Library
2793 Keele St. 416-395-5720
Please call or check online for hours of operation.

If you have any outstanding issues with this project, please address them to City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. You have the option of sending a written request to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to request an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order) which addresses individual environmental assessments. A copy of the request must also be sent to the City contact. The last date when these requests can be received is August 27, 2018.

Jason Diceman
Public Consultation Unit, City of Toronto,
55 John St. 19 Fl. Toronto ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2830 Fax: 416-392-2947 Email: Jason.Diceman@toronto.ca

 

The Honourable Rod Phillips,
Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
77 Wellesley St. W Ferguson Block, 11th Fl. Toronto, ON M7A 2T5

AND

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Ave. W, 1st Fl. Toronto, ON M4V 1P5