Project Background

background

Detailed information on the project and developments to-date.

The Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project (LWC Project) Environmental Assessment (EA) is a project being undertaken by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Region of Peel (co-proponents), with the support of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the City of Mississauga.  Planning for the LWC Project is supported by recent planning initiatives undertaken by the City of Mississauga and spearheaded by active public support, which identify a strong desire to provide public access to the eastern Mississauga waterfront and create a new natural waterfront park in the Lakeview neighbourhood (Inspiration Lakeview). The LWC Project is intended to enhance the degraded local aquatic and terrestrial habitat conditions (based on the local historical conditions and using other reference sites along the north shore of Lake Ontario), and provide public access to the waterfront in an area that currently does not provide such opportunities.

The co-proponents are seeking to achieve the public vision for the waterfront while meeting the LWC Project goal and incurring minimal additional costs to regional or municipal capital budgets.  Currently, the Regional and Municipal governments have long-term plans for infrastructure works throughout the City of Mississauga that are anticipated to generate significant volumes of clean fill which are typically treated as waste and hauled long-distances for disposal.  The intent of the LWC Project is to use this generated material as a resource to meet the naturalization and public access objectives and use the offset costs from the reduced haulage for the other infrastructure projects to actually fund the planning and implementation for this new natural waterfront park.

Study Area

The Project Study Area is bounded to the east by Etobicoke Creek, to the west by the eastern edge of the OPG Lakeview site, and to the north by Lakeshore Road. The Study Area extends approximately 1 km south into Lake Ontario. The Project Study Area includes Marie Curtis Park and Arsenal Lands in the east, which are owned by TRCA. Region of Peel’s WWTP occupies much of the Project Study Area.

The Regional Study Area extends from the western-most extent of CVC’s jurisdictional boundaries on the border with Oakville, into TRCA’s jurisdiction as far east as Colonel Samuel Smith Park in the City of Toronto.  The northern-most limit of this Study Area roughly coincides with the Queen Elizabeth Way, but ranges from about 2.5 to 3.0 km inland, and about 1 km offshore.  This Regional Study Area coincides with the broader shoreline area as defined by CVC’s LOISS and will be critical in defining the area to assess cumulative effects through the EA.

 
Feasibility Study

In 2011, on behalf of the Region of Peel, and with the support of the City of Mississauga, CVC and TRCA completed a Feasibility Study to define risks and to explore the costs and benefits of the LWC Project in advance of and to support a potential environmental assessment. The conclusions of the Feasibility Study determined that the project is “feasible” though it identified a number of risk elements that required close management.  Based on the results of the Feasibility Study, the Region of Peel recommended pursuing an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act). This project will also be subject to the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

For Feasibility Study Appendices, please contact:
Michael Charendoff (Coordinator, Watershed Projects)
Toronto and Region Conservation
70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M3K 2C5
Phone: (416) 661-6600 (ext. 5280)
Fax: (416) 667-6278
E-mail: mcharendoff@trca.on.ca

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