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 (see map below). Measures that improve stormwater quality and reduce storm runoff have also been incorporated.

This study is being planned under the requirements set out in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. See the News & Updates tab for the Notice of Study Completion.

Letters requesting a Part II Order were sent to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change and copied to the City of Toronto on March 13, 2018. Members of the public that are unable to resolve their issue with the City can request that the Minister invoke Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act. The Part II Order request is an appeal provision for elevating the status of the project to an individual environmental assessment.

Currently, the City of Toronto is awaiting the Minister’s decision on the requests. Further details on the Part II Order process can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/class-environmental-assessments-part-ii-order.

 

Study area map

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.

Study Commencement

Public Information Centre #1 – April 22, 2013

PIC Materials

Public Information Centre #2 – November 19, 2013

PIC Materials

Public Information Centre #3 – May 2015

Public Information Centre #4 – May 2016

Public Information Centre – April 22, 2013

Summary of the first Public Information Centre, held on April 22, 2013.

Public Information Centre – November 19, 2013

Summary of the second Public Information Centre, held on November 19, 2013.

Traffic and Road Report – February 2015

Traffic and Road Report for the Lawrence Park Neighbourhood.

Public Information Centre – May 2015

Summary of the Public Information Centres held in May 2015.

Public Information Centre – May 2016

Summary of the last Public Information Centre, held on May 26, 2016.

Staff Report to Public Works & Infrastructure Committee – May 2017

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.

Notice of Study Completion

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:

  • Reconstruction of a number of streets, in whole or in part, with pavement widths of 7.2 metres, curb and gutter road drainage, underground storm sewers, and outfall upgrades through public and private properties;
  • Installation of a perforated pipe system, where technically and operationally feasible and supported by underground conditions;
  • Construction of new sidewalks on one side of five of the reconstructed streets; and
  • Construction of new storm sewers and sanitary sewer improvements to reduce the risk of surface and basement flooding.

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.

Opportunities for Review

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

And

Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON  M4V 1P5
Email: EAASIBgen@ontario.ca

And

Tracy Manolakakis
City of Toronto – Public Consultation Unit
Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John St.
Toronto, ON  M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-392-2990
Fax: 416-392-2974
TTY: 416-338-0889
Email: tracy.manolakakis@toronto.ca

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.

What is a Class Environmental Assessment?

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.