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Kitchener Corridor - Heritage Road Layover - Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP)

Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) Schedule

Diagram showing the three phases of the TPAP. We are currently in the Pre-TPAP Phase for Public Information Centre 1. In the Pre-TPAP phase, activities and deliverables include: define project scope, baseline environmental studies, conceptual engineering design, impact assessment/mitigation, draft EPR, Public Information Centre 1. In the TPAP Phase, activities and deliverables include the notice of commencement (to be conducted during the Spring of 2022), Stakeholder Comments, Prepare Final Draft EPR, Public Information Centre 2 (to be conducted Spring 2022), Notice of Completion and EPR (to be conducted during the Summer or Fall of 2022). In the final phase, activities and deliverables include 30-Day Public Review of the EPR, Objections / No Objections Submitted, 35-Day Minister’s Review/ Decision, Minister Gives Notice (1 – proceed, 2 – proceed with conditions, 3 – must conduct additional work), Statement of Completion to MECP, Proceed with Undertaking.

Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) Studies

A number of technical studies are being completed under the TPAP to ensure that natural, social cultural and economic environments are protected and any potential adverse effects from proposed infrastructure are either avoided, mitigated, or minimized. These studies include:

Air Quality

  • Identify baseline air quality and air contaminants of concern from existing data sources
  • Assess local air quality impacts with construction and operations and provide recommendations for air quality management, mitigation, monitoring
  • Predict pollutant concentrations based on current and future vehicular and train traffic information
  • Study area extends 500 metres from project site

Noise and Vibration

  • Describe existing and predicted future background noise levels
  • Assess noise impacts to nearby resident based on the construction and operations of the layover and determine mitigation measures (if any) to reduce impacts
  • Study area extends 500 metres from project site and baseline noise monitoring will be in early Spring 2022
  • Train passbys analysis will be undertaken for operations vibration assessment/predictions within the area

Traffic and Transportation Studies

  • Review available transit operations (e.g. GO Transit, VIA Rail) on railway and road traffic information for the area
  • Collect data for weekday AM and weekday PM peak hour at numerous intersections in study area
  • Analyze and forecast traffic conditions for construction and operations
  • Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic traffic volumes, as well as future populations, employment and development will be considered

An arterial country road with railway tracks crossing it on a diagonal. The fields around the road are partially covered with snow.

Northbound on Winston Churchill Blvd.

Photograph of train tracks going through a snow covered agricultural field. Traffic lights are above the train tracks.

Train tracks crossing Winston Churchill Blvd.

Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment

  • Summarize existing archaeological information
  • Provide recommendations for lands within and adjacent to the study area
  • If necessary, recommend further archaeological assessments based on study results
  • Field work will be carried out in spring 2022 by licensed professional archaeologists
  • Engagement with Indigenous Nations is required as part of the archaeological process

Cultural Heritage

  • Create an inventory of built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes
  • Built heritage resources include historic buildings, artifacts, structures, and natural features that are culturally significant to the study area
  • Complete a preliminary impact assessment for any identified heritage properties

Field of tall brown grass partially covered in snow with wooden fence and several trees in the foreground. Trees do not have any leaves.

Farmland within study area

Socio-Economic and Land Use Characteristics

Desktop review of existing socio-economic and land use conditions, including:

  • Zoning within City of Brampton
  • Planning policies
  • Active transportation plans
  • Safety and privacy impacts

Provide assessment and mitigation measures for construction and operations of project

Local study area is 300 metres from the project footprint
Broader regional study area encompasses Ward 6 in the City of Brampton and Ward 2 in the Town of Halton Hills

Consultation and coordination required with municipalities, property owners, and residents to understand how project may impact

Map of Town of Halton Hills and City of Brampton with orange circle surrounding Study Area for the Heritage Road Layover.

Regional Study Area for land use and demographics

Natural Environment

  • Identify existing conditions for animals and landscape features within project study area
  • Assess potential impacts and recommend avoidance, mitigation, monitoring, and/or compensation measures
  • Carry out desktop review of aquatic and land environments
  • Field studies to commence in spring 2022 with results distributed in summer 2022

Photograph of a Black Capped Chickadee sitting on a branch

Black Capped Chickadee

Panoramic photograph of snow-covered field of grass

Farmlands surrounding study area

Tree Inventory Plan

  • Identify high value trees and any impact to tree canopy during construction and operations
  • Develop tree compensation strategy for any trees removed for this project
  • Study area is 5 metres surrounding project site
  • Field surveys will commence early spring 2022
  • As necessary, a Tree Protection Zone will be established during the construction process
  • Plan to meet City of Brampton, Region of Peel standards, and Metrolinx Vegetation Guideline

Grass and shrubs with the foreground in front of railway tracks. Tall trees behind railway tracks. Entire landscape is partially snow-covered.

Trees and shrubbery within study area

Review the full Public Information Center #1 presentation document to learn more about the proposed Heritage Road Layover project.

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