Current Projects

The Meadoway Multi-Use Trail

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule C
(“The Meadoway Class EA”)

WHAT’S NEW

On June 26, 2019, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) hosted the second Public Information Centre (PIC) for The Meadoway Class EA.

The purpose of the PIC was to provide an update and seek feedback on The Meadoway Class EA and visualization toolkit. Materials presented at the PIC can be found below.

THE OPPORTUNITY

A complete active transportation system linking eastern Toronto to the downtown core is missing from the existing trail network.

Opportunities to expand and construct new trail networks in urban environments are typically limited. Hydro corridors, however, have the potential to be re-purposed as accessible, ecologically diverse green spaces that permit active trail use.

The Meadoway will revitalize and restore the existing corridor and establish a full connection between downtown Toronto and the Rouge National Urban Park via an accessible multi-use trail network.

The Meadoway study area map

STUDY AREA

The Meadoway Class EA is divided into two distinct areas of study to assess potential project effects:

  • Local Study Area – The zone where direct effects of the project may occur
  • Regional Study Area – A larger zone where direct and indirect effects of the project may occur, taking into account the cumulative effects to which the project may contribute

Through previous projects a total of 10 kilometres of multi-use trail have been constructed, along with bicycle crossing signalization at major intersections. The objective is to extend the existing trail network the full 16-kilometre length of The Meadoway project area.

Meadoway multi-use trail

THE PROCESS

The planning and design of the remaining six (6) kilometres of the multi-use trail and potential bridge crossings follows the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment¹ (Class EA ), Schedule C process.

The Class EA process considers all environmental factors², ensuring that the project avoids (or minimizes) adverse effects before it is built.

Consultation with the public, property owners, Indigenous communities, affected agencies, government agencies and other interest groups is a pivotal part of the process.

For more information about the Environmental Assessment Process, please refer to our FAQs.

 

¹An Environmental Assessment is a process, or an assessment, used to predict the environmental impacts and effects (both positive and negative) of a project prior to implementation.
²Including the biological, physical, social and economic environments.

PLANNING PHASES

The Meadoway Class EA will identify and evaluate a range of potential multi-use trail alignments that will culminate in a preferred main trail route.

The project is currently moving into phase two of a five-phase process:

 

PHASE 1: EXISTING CONDITIONS AND OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

• Identify the problem and the opportunity; this is communicated in an opportunity statement.
• Prepare a detailed inventory of existing conditions within the Local and Regional Study Areas.
View the Opportunity Statement.

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PHASE 2: IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE ALTERNATIVE TRAIL ALIGNMENTS

• Identify and evaluate a series of alternative routes for the multi-use trail, called alternative trail alignments.
• Select a preferred alternative trail alignment.
• View the alternative trail alignments.
• View the evaluation criteria.
• View the proposed preferred alignments: SECTION 3 | SECTION 5 | SECTION 6.
• View the full proposed preferred trail alignment.

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PHASE 3: IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE DESIGN CONCEPTS FOR PREFERRED ALIGNMENTS

• Identify and evaluate a series of alternative design concepts for the preferred trail alignments.
• Select a preferred design concept.

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PHASE 4: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY REPORT (ESR)

• Complete the Environmental Study Report (ESR), which will document the full decision making process.
• Allow for a 30-day public review period for the ESR.

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PHASE 5: DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION

• Complete contract drawings and tender documents.
• Proceed to construction.
• Monitor construction for adherence to environmental provisions and commitments.

CONSULTATION

Become a part of the process! We invite you to contact our project team with comments, questions and feedback, and to attend any of our Public Information Centres (PICs).

To date, we have held two of three PICs:

Public Information Centre #2 — June 26, 2019

The second PIC for The Meadoway Class EA was held on Wednesday June 26, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Thomson Memorial Park.

The purpose of the PIC was to provide an update and seek feedback on Phase 2 of The Meadoway Class EA, and on the visualization toolkit.

Information presented for The Meadoway Class EA focused on:

  • Alternative trail alignments
  • Preliminary evaluation of the alternative trail alignments
  • Proposed preferred trail alignments

The meeting also included an interactive map for the visualization toolkit, and information on meadow restoration and education opportunities throughout The Meadoway.

The format of the PIC included an open house, display panels and guided walks.

Comments were encouraged during one-on-one conversations between staff and the public, and through an interactive project map.

Materials Presented at PIC #2

1. CLASS EA PANELS

You can download a PDF copy of the Class EA panels HERE or view the panels using the document reader below. Select Read Now for a full-screen view; select the arrow to the right to advance to the next page.

2. PROPOSED PREFERRED MULTI-USE TRAIL ALIGNMENT

You can download a PDF copy of the Proposed Preferred Multi-Use Trail Alignment HERE or click on the image below to view a full-sized version.

3. VISUALIZATION TOOLKIT MAP

You can download a PDF copy of the Visualization Toolkit Map HERE or view the map using the document reader below. Select Read Now for a full-screen view; select the arrow to the right to advance to the next page.

4. VISUALIZATION TOOLKIT PANELS

You can download a PDF copy of the Visualization Toolkit Panels HERE or view the panels using the document reader below. Select Read Now for a full-screen view; select the arrow to the right to advance to the next page.

Public Information Centre #1 — April 24, 2019

The first PIC was held to introduce and seek feedback on The Meadoway Class EA and preliminary visualization toolkit.

The focus of the meeting was on the following:

  • Opportunity statement
  • Existing conditions
  • Preliminary alternative trail alignments
  • Proposed evaluation criteria
  • Preliminary visualization toolkit

View materials from the first PIC

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MEADOWAY?

To learn more about the Class EA, please contact:
Corey Wells, Project Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Email: info@themeadoway.ca