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Public Information Centre #1: Norval West Bypass Transportation Corridor Improvements – Municipal Class EA Study

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Public Information Centre #1 was held online between November 19 and December 18, 2020. Residents were asked to provide input on alternative planning solutions for both the Norval West Bypass and 10 Side Road transportation corridor improvements in Halton Hills.

About the project

Study overview

To address future growth, travel demand and network connectivity to 2031, a number of road improvement alternatives will be examined for both a new Norval West Bypass and improvements to 10 Side Road. The potential improvements may include, but are not limited to:

  • a new roadway;
  • road widening to 10 Side Road;
  • active transportation (on-road bike lanes and multi-use pathways);
  • intersection improvements (for example, new traffic signals, roundabouts, turning lanes); and
  • landscaping.

The study is being conducted in accordance with the planning and design process for ‘Schedule C’ projects as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (external link) (October 2000, as amended 2007, 2011 & 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

This consultation was open for public input between November 19 and December 18, 2020. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

Study area

Reasons for the study

  • To support future growth, travel demand and network connectivity, both a new Norval West Bypass and improvements to the 10 Side Road corridor are required.
  • Both corridors should support all modes of transportation (i.e., active transportation) and provide safety for all road users.

By carrying out this study, Halton Region is looking to address these needs in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process.

Public Information Centre (PIC #1) video presentations

Please watch the following video presentations for a detailed overview of the study:

1. Introduction (video)

Learn more about the study area, process and background information that has been considered.

2. Existing conditions in the study area (video)

Find out about existing conditions in the study area, including the natural environment, cultural heritage and transportation needs.

3. Alternative planning solutions (video)

Learn about the alternative planning solutions being considered to support existing and future transportation needs in the study area. The video presentation also includes preliminary road cross-sections and road corridor concepts that have been considered as part of this study.

4. Road corridor concepts and evaluation (video)

Find out about the factors used to analyze and evaluate the road corridor concepts, get a high-level summary of the evaluation for each, and learn about the preferred road corridor concept.

5. Next steps (video)

Get an overview of the study schedule and next steps for the study.

Frequently asked questions

Halton Region received more than 120 comments during the online consultation period from November 19 to December 18, 2020 for the Norval West Bypass Transportation Corridor improvements Project. Below are responses to common resident questions received during first public consultation period.

Alternative Road Corridor Concepts were evaluated based on proximity to existing noise sensitive areas (typically existing residential backyards).

Road Corridor Concept B2 has been identified as the preferred concept from a noise perspective because it provides the greatest separation from existing noise sensitive areas on either side of the study area. As the study progresses and the Preliminary Preferred Design is selected, a more detailed noise assessment will be undertaken and the Region’s Noise Abatement Policy will be reviewed to determine any mitigation requirements.

The rich heritage significance of Norval is an important consideration for this Municipal Class EA study. The Region gathered heritage information early in the study and have identified several properties with heritage significance surrounding the study area.

A comprehensive list of factors and criteria were considered during the assessment of alternative road corridor concepts, including Built Heritage Resources and Cultural Landscapes.

As the study progresses and the Preliminary Preferred Design is identified, a Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment will be completed to assess the potential for any indirect impacts to heritage resources within 50 metres of the proposed improvements.

The Norval West Bypass and widening of 10 Side Road to four lanes is among a number of transportation network improvements identified in the Halton-Peel Boundary Area Transportation Study (HPBATS), 2010.

In addition, the need for greater connectivity and mobility (to 2031) in the southeast quadrant of the Town of Halton Hills was reconfirmed through the Region’s Transportation Master Plan The Road to Change, 2011.

To learn more about these studies please see the following links:

A detailed Transportation Study is being undertaken as part of this Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study.

To date, an assessment of the Alternative Road Corridor Concepts has been considered. The next phase of the study will evaluate design alternatives including intersection configuration requirements. This information will be presented at the next Public Information Centre which is anticipated to be in Winter 2022.

As this study progresses and a preliminary preferred design is identified, streetscaping will be examined, with consideration of the Region’s standards and guidelines, the character of downtown Norval and the future Southeast Georgetown Secondary Plan.

It should be noted, that streetscaping considerations at the future Norval West Bypass and Guelph Street intersection will be subject to the Ministry of Transportation approval, as this intersection would be under the Ministry’s jurisdiction, as part of Guelph Street.

As part of this Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study, natural environment specialists have conducted field studies to determine the presence of sensitive natural heritage features, environmentally significant areas, and surveys for Species at Risk and their habitats. These findings have been summarized in video 2 on the PIC#1 webpage, which identified Existing Conditions of the corridor.

As the study progresses and the Preliminary Preferred Design is selected, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report will be prepared. The report will evaluate the potential environmental impacts and identify recommended mitigation measures as required.

Halton Region will also continue to work directly with Credit Valley Conservation Authority, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and other key stakeholders.

The Region’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) (2031) – The Road to Change was completed in 2011. The vision for the TMP accommodates various travel choices, (including walking, cycling and transit options) and supports a sustainable and multi-modal transportation network in the future.

Improvements along this corridor will ultimately fit into the overall active transportation network as identified in the Halton Region Active Transportation Master Plan. The proposed cross section for the Norval West Bypass and 10 Side Road includes 1.8 metre bike lanes and 3 metre multi-use paths on both sides of the corridor.

The alternative solutions were assessed using a range of factors, including socio-economic environmental, natural environment and the cultural environment. The study also considered how well each alternative was able to address the problems and opportunities identified for the study area (See PIC#1 Video 3 Alternative Planning Solutions (video)).

Concept C was screened out from further consideration for the following reasons:

  • it has the most significant encroachment into the Greenbelt Natural Heritage System, including an area designated as Key Features;
  • it has potential to impact the largest amount of area designated as a Significant Groundwater Recharge Area;
  • it has the most potential significant impact to Russell Hill of Pines Heritage Woodlot and Hillcrest Cemetery;
  • it has the closest proximity to residential properties fronting on Highway 7 and Adamson Street, and crosses through one residential/farm parcel; and
  • it has potential for design challenges relating to the tie-in at Winston Churchill Boulevard and 10 Side Road.

The Regions 2021 Roads Capital Plan plans for construction of the Norval West Bypass improvement to start in 2026 subject to council approved financing.

Next steps

Timeline

  • Fall/Winter 2020

    Review all public and agency comments and feedback

    Confirm road corridor concept

  • Spring/Summer 2021

    Develop and evaluate design alternatives

    Identify preliminary preferred design alternative

  • Winter 2022

    Consult with technical agencies

    Public Information Centre #2

Updated: August 2021

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