Local community encouraged to attend Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project Public Information Centre
The Mississauga and Etobicoke Lakeshore communities are encouraged to attend a third Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection (LWC) Project Environmental Assessment (EA). The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at Oasis Convention Centre, 1036 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga.
The shoreline just west of Marie Curtis Park has degraded over decades. It offers almost no habitat for fish, migrating birds and other wildlife. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Region of Peel, with support from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the City of Mississauga, are undertaking an environmental assessment to transform this degraded and inaccessible area of shoreline into an inviting naturalized park with public access and habitat for wildlife.
The meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. with display panels for review and project team members available to answer questions. At 7 p.m. there will be a presentation followed by more questions and answers.
“Creation of this new park will be part of a larger transformation for the entire area known as Inspiration Lakeview,” explained Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey. “The City of Mississauga’s vision includes revitalization for the whole Lakeview neighbourhood. The Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project is a critical, public natural green space within a larger puzzle.”
On April 3, 87 residents attended the second public meeting for the LWC Project EA. Five distinct shoreline configurations were presented at that meeting, each utilizing roughly two million cubic metres of clean fill from Region of Peel capital works projects. Residents learned about evaluation of the alternatives and selection of the Preferred Alternative.
The Preferred Alternative presented a mosaic of three offshore rocky islands, cobble beaches, meadows, coastal wetlands and forests. From feedback since April, the Preferred Alternative has been refined. Detailed renderings have been developed to provide visuals of what the project could look like.
“This is an opportunity for residents to get involved in transforming and reinvigorating a degraded stretch of shoreline in their community,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation.
Refinements to the Preferred Alternative will be presented at the November meeting. People attending will also learn about the detailed effects of the assessment in advance of the planned submission of the draft EA in December.
EAs are usually done to reduce a project’s impact on the environment. The LWC Project EA is doing the opposite. It is looking at a degraded area and choosing the best alternative to restore and naturalize the land.
“We’re very excited about creating a naturalized park to connect Mississauga and Toronto sections of the Waterfront Trail,” stated Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works, Region of Peel. “It’s a physical connection made possible by collaboration between the Region of Peel, CVC, TRCA, the cities of Mississauga and Toronto, and citizen stakeholders from local and regional communities.”
On December 5, 2012, the Minister of the Environment approved the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the LWC Project EA. The EA has been carried out according to the ToR and requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. When the EA is submitted, the public and interested stakeholders will be informed about when and where the EA can be reviewed.
Members of the public, agencies and interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the EA process by attending public meetings or contacting staff with information, comments or questions. This and other public consultation opportunities will be advertised on the Project webpage, in local newspapers and through the Project mailing list. If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more and/or comment on the LWC Project EA, please visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/lwc on or after November 20, 2013.
To be added to the LWC Project EA mailing list, or if you have Project-related questions, please contact:
Michael Charendoff, Coordinator, Watershed Projects, Toronto and Region Conservation
70 Canuck Ave, Toronto ON, M3K 2C5
Phone: 416-661-6600 ext 5280
Email: [email protected]
Map of LWC Project EA study area: https://cvc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/LWCPv2.png
Photo: The proposed green space will be built around the G.E. Booth Wastewater Treatment Plant
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the CreditRiver. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.