The City of Toronto has completed a study to address deteriorating road conditions, traffic problems, pedestrian safety, road drainage problems and basement flooding in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood. Measures that improve stormwater quality and reduce storm runoff have also been incorporated.
The Minister of Environment, Conservation & Parks has approved the Lawrence Park Neighbourhood Investigation of Basement Flooding and Road Improvements Class Environmental Assessment to proceed to implementation. Please see the letter issued to the City and decision table.
The City will now review the implementation schedule and update our expected timeline for design and construction of the recommended projects. As we move forward, we will continue to keep you posted.
As with many established neighbourhoods in Toronto, the infrastructure – roads, storm and sanitary sewers – in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood is aging. Traffic and pedestrian safety issues exist and older road drainage systems are unable to convey stormwater effectively. Historically, parts of the Lawrence Park neighbourhood have also experienced issues with basement flooding.
This Study Area is one of the 34 areas in Toronto included in the Basement Flooding Work Plan, approved by City Council to address basement flooding across the City.
A series of public information centres (PIC) have been held from 2013 onward to allow community residents to speak with staff and provide their input at key stages in the study.
City Council, at its meeting on May 24th, 2017, approved recommendations on the Lawrence Park Neighbourhood Investigation of Basement Flooding (Area 20) and Road Improvement Class Environmental Assessment Study.
Issue Date: February 6, 2018
The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study to develop a comprehensive Master Plan that addresses deteriorating road conditions, road drainage problems, pedestrian safety, traffic operations issues and basement flooding in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood (see Study Area Map). The Master Plan also incorporates measures that improve stormwater quality and reduce storm runoff.
Following consultation with City Divisions, the public and stakeholders, the City accepted the following study recommendations, which comprise several Schedule A+ and Schedule B projects:
In addition to the above capital works, the study also recommends continued promotion of source control measures such as downspout disconnection and the City’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program.
The study was carried out following the requirements for a Master Plan under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. A Master Plan report has been completed and has been placed on public record for a 30-day review period starting February 12, 2018 and ending on March 13, 2018. The Master Plan report is available for review at www.toronto.ca/lawrencepark and Locke Library, 3083 Yonge Street.
If you have any outstanding issues with a project in the Master Plan, please address them to the City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution.
If concerns regarding a project in the Master Plan cannot be resolved in discussion with the City of Toronto, a person or party may then request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) make an order for a project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments.
Written requests must be sent to:
The Honourable Chris Ballard
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
77 Wellesley St. West
Ferguson Block, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M4V 1P5
City of Toronto – Public Consultation Unit
Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John St.
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
If no requests are received by March 13, 2018, the City may proceed with the project as outlined in the Master Plan study report.
The City of Toronto has completed a Master Plan and issued it for a 30-day public review period from February 12, 2018 to March 13, 2018.
To request assistance with any difficulties viewing these documents, call Tracy Manolakakis at 416-392-2990 or Tracy.Manolakakis@toronto.ca.
Ontario’s Environmental Assessment (EA) program promotes good environmental planning by determining and managing the potential effects of a project prior to implementation.
The EA program ensures that public concerns are heard. EA balances economic, social, cultural and natural environmental needs so that projects benefit Ontario.
This study is being carried out according to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. This is an approved approach to satisfying requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act specifically tailored to municipal infrastructure. The process includes identifying the problem or opportunity to be addressed, developing and evaluating a range of alternative solutions, providing opportunities for public input and identifying a preferred solution.