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CN describes the Milton Logistics Hub as a project occupying 400 acres (160 ha) of land. CN owns the approximately 1200 acres of land (485 ha) around its existing mainline rail in Milton.
The project includes new mainline rail to double track the existing line and adding over 20 km of new rail yard track. The project includes truck cargo loading and unloading and involve up to 1600 truck trips per day.
Halton Region, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville (Halton Municipalities) recognize that the movement of goods throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area is vital to the economy; however, the proposed Milton logistics Hub has potential to impact a number of key matters of Provincial and municipal interest.
Areas of interest include public safety, traffic congestion, number and type of jobs, impacts on surrounding land uses, environmental impacts and overall management of growth in the Region.
CN owns over 485 ha of land beside its rail lines at the Project site in Milton. Lands west of the rail lines are designated for future employment.
These lands are subject to:
Regional Natural Heritage System designations also impact these lands.
Regional servicing is not presently available to the site. The extension of servicing is not scheduled until some time after 2021 in accordance with Sustainable Halton Water and Wastewater Master Plans.
The proposed CN Logistics Hub Is not consistent with the current land use planning framework of the Region or Town.
To meet Provincial Growth Plan requirements, the region through Sustainable Halton, planned minimum employment densities at 30.5 jobs per hectare. Based on CN numbers, 100 jobs per 160 ha, the proposed employment density for this facility at full operation is below .6 jobs per hectare.
The Halton Municipalities are jointly responding to Provincial and Federal levels of government that CN and the proposed project be subject to a full regulatory approval process.
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The Federal Government has jurisdiction over the regulation of railways. Both the Canada Transportation Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Identify requirements and possible approvals to construct a new railway line or railway lines.
CN submitted a Project Description Summary (PDF file) and a Project Description Report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency). On April 8th, the CEA Agency started a 45-day screening process to determine if the proposed CN Logistics Hub has the potential to cause significant adverse environmental effects and therefore requires environmental assessment.
On April 17, 2015, the Halton Municipalities submitted a joint response to the CEA Agency to urge the agency to require an Environmental Assessment of this project.
The joint response also highlighted that:
On Monday, April 27, 2015, the Halton Municipalities jointly submitted a second response to the CEAA detailing the need for a full Environmental Assessment. This response identified numerous impacts on several additional federal interests including:
CEA Agency has reviewed the feedback it received through the public consultation period. Notice of CEAA's decision on whether an Environmental Assessment Is required has been posted on its website (external link).
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Milton Sports Centre – Banquet Room
605 Santa Maria Blvd.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Written comments can be submitted to CEAA as follows:
Joseph Ronzio, Panel Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
On May 13, 2015 the Canadian Transportation Agency ordered CN to obtain federal approval under the Canadian Transportation Act to construct railway lines as part of the proposed Milton Logistics Hub.
Regional staff will continue to work with staff at the City of Burlington, and the Towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville to ensure the Regulatory approval necessary to address areas of interest are considered to be extent possible that all potential impacts are identified and considered as the proposal for the Logistics Hub moves forward.
Regional staff will report back to Council as this matter progresses and seek direction as required.
If you wish to be kept informed of the Halton Municipalities’ involvement on this issue, please complete the following form to receive electronic updates:
Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA), the then-federal Minister of the Environment referred the environmental assessment of this Project to an independent and expert panel in July 2015. At that time, the Canadian Environmental Assessment (CEA) Agency also finalized Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines to govern the assessment of this Project. In December 2015, CN filed its EIS. The CEA Agency then initiated and coordinated a review of the EIS by interested federal departments and agencies. In June 2016, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Chair of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announced their intention to have a joint CEAA-Canada Transportation Act review of the CN Project. In October 2016, representatives of the CEA Agency and the CTA convened public information sessions in the Region and Town to explain the joint panel review process. A key topic was confirmation that the opportunity for non-federal regulators and the public to provide input on CN’s EIS would begin when the joint panel was appointed.
Based on current information, the Halton Municipalities have not taken a position on the merits of the CN Project; however, they have taken an active role in addressing the application of the CEAA to the Project and identifying required regulatory approvals.
The Halton Municipalities Brief provides information on existing land use standards that are relevant to the CN Project and its environmental effects. It begins with a description of the Halton and Ontario land use planning regimes and explains their relationship to the CEAA framework. It concludes with a description of the municipal land use standards that are relevant to assessing “significant adverse environmental effects” (SAEEs) under the CEAA.
The Halton Municipalities Brief consists of four documents:
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Brief, please do not hesitate to contact Halton Region through Ron Glenn at email@example.com.
CN’s presentation to Regional Council, May 27, 2015
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .