Wilson Street Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion

Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment

The study

The City of Guelph (City) has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for improvements to Wilson Street from Gordon/Norfolk Street to Macdonell Street. The City is proposing to replace the existing roadway, storm and sanitary sewers, and watermain. This road is within Downtown Guelph and needs to support future intensification while prioritizing walking, cycling and public transit. The road will also need to support the development of the future Wilson Street ParkadeThe approximate extent of the study area is shown on the map below.

The process

The study has been undertaken in accordance with a “Schedule B” Municipal Class EA under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. As part of the study, Public Information Centres were held in April and July 2016, which presented background information on the study including the Preferred Design Concept for the roadway. The study also included stakeholder consultation, evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed alternatives and identification of measures to mitigate any adverse impacts.

The Class EA and consultation identified the following preferred alternative for Wilson Street:

  • Reverse the flow of traffic on the one-way section of Wilson Street between Northumberland Street and Gordon/Norfolk Street, from northbound to southbound; and
  • Maintain the current two-way traffic flow on Wilson Street from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street.

Comments invited

A Project File was prepared to document the planning process followed, including conclusions and recommendations, and how public input was received and considered. The Environmental Assessment Study documents will be available for public review for a minimum period of 30 calendar days, starting on March 3, 2017 and ending on April 3, 2017. Documents are available online at guelph.ca and hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations during regular business hours, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Guelph City Hall
Clerk’s Office
1 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3A1
519-822-1260

Guelph Public Library
Main Branch
100 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4J6
519-824-6220

Interested parties should provide written comments to either of the following within the 30-day review period:

Andrew Janes, P. Eng., Project Manager
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street, 3rd floor
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 extension 2338
andrew.janes@guelph.ca

Mark Christensen, P.Eng., Project Manager
WalterFedy
675 Queen Street South, Suite 111
Kitchener, ON  N2M 1A1
519.576.2150 extension 285
mchristensen@walterfedy.com

Public concerns regarding this project that cannot be resolved in discussion with the City of Guelph, may be directed to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) by requesting a Part II Order. Requests must be sent to the Minister at the address below and copied to the City’s Project Manager on, or before, April 3, 2017.

Director, Environmental Approvals Branch
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st floor
Toronto, ON M4V 1P5

This notice was issued on March 3, 2017.