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Hunt Club Community to South Keys / Greenboro Transit Stations

Frequently asked questions

What is an Environmental Assessment and why is it required for this project?

An environmental assessment (EA) is a study that is undertaken to determine the relevance of a proposed solution to a problem, whether it is needed or not, and ultimately to develop a preliminary design of the solution developed throughout the study.

As required by the Municipal Engineering Association (MEA) of Ontario, municipalities must undertake an environmental assessment for projects which potentially impact the environment such as this pathway project (this includes natural, social, cultural, land use, and economic environments). This specifically includes:

  • collection of existing environmental inventories
  • determining the need for the project
  • design of the recommended plan of the proposed solution
  • engagement of the public in order to get input on the project
  • producing an Environmental Study Report (ESR)

The study is reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and if accepted, the City could proceed with the detail design and construction of the project.

What is the Hunt Club Community to Southeast Transitway Pathway Connection project?

This EA is being undertaken to determine the most appropriate pathway alignment to connect the residential lands west of the Airport Parkway with the Southeast Transitway. This involves looking at options that address pedestrian crossing of the Airport Parkway, integration with the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands, and a connection to the Southeast Transitway (i.e. South Keys Station and/or Greenboro Station).

The EA will examine a number of feasible alternatives to solve the problem and will recommend the preferred solution from a technical perspective and the corresponding design.

Why do we need a pathway connection?

In June 2008, City Council’s Transit Committee approved the statement of work for this EA to address community and staff concerns related to pedestrians crossing the Airport Parkway. As part of this EA, a needs assessment was conducted at the outset which outlined not only the safety concerns already voiced by the community, but also collision information, travel demand, and future City cycling / pedestrian / transit policy and plans with regard to the study area.

It was determined by the study team that this pathway connection project is warranted.

Who is conducting the Study?

The City of Ottawa is the proponent of this study. An Agency Consultation Group (ACG), made up of organizations such as the National Capital Commission, Airport Authority as well as many different disciplines from within the City (e.g. pedestrian and cycling, natural environment, parks and recreation, land use planning, etc.), will guide the project technically. Public input is also sought, for example, through Open Houses held at key stages in the study. To assist the City with the day-to-day management and technical aspects of the study, GENIVAR was retained as the project consultant.

Will the study look at more than one crossing?

This EA is considering a number of alternatives spanning the length of the study area. Each alternative will be evaluated against one another and ultimately a single corridor will be recommended to be implemented in the near term horizon. Additional pedestrian links in the study area will be considered when warranted.

What about pathway connections to the north and south connecting to the storm pond pathways?

As a separate effort from this EA, the City is currently looking at two additional pathway connections (north and south of the Study Area). Options to extend a pathway from Hunt Club Road to the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland (within this EA’s study area) as well as options to connect Walkley Road with the SCCW lands are currently being assessed by the Cycling Facilities group.

Will the pathway be lighted?

Yes, the pathway will be lighted once implemented. As part of the design exercise, various elements will be included which address aesthetical and crime prevention concerns. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) features will be included in the design and will include strategic lighting.

Will the pathway be accessible for the disabled?

This project will be designed to ensure that disabled individuals will be able to use the facility. Both the standards outlined by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Guidelines will be incorporated into the design of this project.

People are concerned with crime / safety considerations in any proposed plan. How will the City make this pathway safe?

The design will include features which foster Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). This includes features such as natural surveillance, natural access control, territorial reinforcement, and maintenance. For additional information, please refer to www.cptedontario.ca.

Will this create more parking demand along Plante Drive?

It is not anticipated that this project will induce unwarranted parking along Plante Drive. This project supports City policies to encourage non-automobile travel (i.e. walking, cycling, and transit) by bringing people closer to transit and retail areas east of the study area. It also supports long-term pedestrian / cycling connectivity which will ultimately serve to encourage individuals to choose other modes of travel.

Is the pathway going to have a bridge, tunnel, or at-grade crossing of the Airport Parkway?

An evaluation will be undertaken to determine the best course of action, from a technical perspective, as to the type of pathway connection. This includes consideration of items such as CPTED, safety, sub-surface conditions, potential impact to existing services, land use / Rail corridor impacts, and impact on vehicular traffic along the Airport Parkway.

What will the bridge look like?

The configuration and preliminary design of the crossing will be determined as part of this EA and will be completed in late fall / early winter of this year. While the physical / aesthetical nature of the Airport Parkway crossing component of the pathway alignment is yet to be determined, the design will be required to meet City standards for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), safety, vertical clearance, accessibility, and policies outlined in the Ottawa Cycling and Pedestrian Plans. In addition, the National Capital Commission will be involved in the design review process as this route is designated as a scenic entry route.

Why did the City close the tunnel under the O-Train tracks, and will it be reopened?

City staff undertakes routine inspections of structural facilities all across the city to determine their condition and ability to maintain appropriate levels of service and safety of users. In the case of the O-Train underpass structure located in the vicinity of South Keys Station; staff has determined that the structure presents a potential hazard to pedestrians travelling underneath.

Should the preferred alignment utilize this corridor, repair/reconstruction of this structure will be explored.

Will the alignment impact property along Plante Drive?

The alignment of the new pathway will be constructed on City property.

How much will this project cost?

This has not been determined yet, but will be included within the EA study. A preliminary cost estimate of the project will be undertaken following the completion of the Recommended Plan. The City will be able to use this estimate for budget planning.

The safety of people crossing today is of concern - when will this project be built?

Once the EA is completed (anticipated to be by the end of 2009) and the study has been posted for the 30-day public review, the project can be carried forward by Council for budget approval. If so received then detailed design would occur followed by tendering for construction.

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for a future multi-use pathway connection between the Hunt Club community and the Southeast Transitway. The intent of this future pathway connection, between Cahill Drive West and the South Keys Transitway Station, will be to better connect residents with rapid transit, neighbouring communities and local commercial areas. This project is supported by policies found in the City’s Official Plan – Hunt Club Secondary Plan, the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan.

The project is classified as a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2007) document. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) documenting the purpose, rationale, recommended plan and mitigation measures has been prepared and was placed on record March 19, 2010 for public and agency review for a 30-day period.  No comments of objection were received. 

Previously, at the January 6, 2010 meeting of Transportation Committee, approval was given to proceed with the notification of ESR completion.  Additionally in the 2010 City Budget monies were allocated for the design and construction of this pedestrian-cycling bridge over the Airport Parkway and the multi-use pathway links to Cahill Drive West and the South Keys Transitway Station.

Notice of Study Commencement

Study Area Map

Pathway Connection Environmental Assessment

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Environmental Assessment (EA) for a future pathway connection between the Hunt Club community and the South Keys /Greenboro Transit Stations. The project is being planned as a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2007) document. The intent of this undertaking is to develop a Recommended Plan for a future pathway connection to better connect residents with transit and neighboring communities, as previously identified in the City’s Official Plan – Hunt Club Secondary Plan (2003), Ottawa Cycling Plan (2008) and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (draft 2009). This EA Study will document existing environmental conditions, examine alternatives and potential impacts, and recommend mitigation measures to minimize environmental impacts.

There is an opportunity at any time during the EA process for interested persons to provide comments. Any comments received pertaining to the study will be collected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

At the completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report documenting the effects anticipated by the project and the corresponding mitigation measures will be prepared and placed on the public record for public and agency review. For more information, or if you wish to be placed on the study’s mailing list, contact:

For more information, or if you wish to be placed on the study’s mailing list, please contact:

Steven Boyle, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26087
Fax: 613-580-2578
E-mail: Steven.Boyle@ottawa.ca

Christopher Gordon, P. Eng
Principal, Transportation
Genivar
15 Fitzgerald Road, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K2H 9G1
Tel: 613-829-2800
Fax: 613-829-8299
E-mail: Christopher.Gordon@genivar.com

Notice of Study Completion

Study Area Map

Notice of Study Completion
Pathway Connection Environmental Assessment

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for a future multi-use pathway connection between the Hunt Club community and the Southeast Transitway. The intent of this future pathway connection, between Cahill Drive West and the South Keys Transitway Station, will be to better connect residents with rapid transit, neighbouring communities and local commercial areas. This project is supported by policies found in the City’s Official Plan – Hunt Club Secondary Plan, the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan.

The project is classified as a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2007) document. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) documenting the purpose, rationale, recommended plan and mitigation measures has been prepared and will be placed on record March 19, 2010 for public and agency review for a 30-day period. Copies of the ESR are available for public review at the following locations:

City of Ottawa Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West

Ottawa Public Libraries
Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street
Greenboro District Library, 363 Greenberg Drive
Alta Vista Library, 2516 Alta Vista Drive

Universities and Colleges
University of Ottawa, Morisset Hall, 65 University Private
Carleton University, MacOdrum Library, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Algonquin College Library, 1685 Woodroffe Avenue

Interested persons are encouraged to review the ESR and provide comments within the 30 day review period to the City of Ottawa Project Manager listed below. If after consulting with the City of Ottawa, you have unresolved concerns, you have the right to request the Minister of the Environment (135 St. Clair Avenue West, 12th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5) to “bump-up” (i.e. make a Part II Order for) this project. A Part II Order may lead to preparation of an individual environmental assessment. A written copy of the “bump-up” request must be received by the Minister of Environment by April 19, 2010 at the address indicated above. A copy of the request should also be sent to the City of Ottawa Project Manager at the address indicated below. If there are no outstanding concerns after April 19, 2010, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Class EA and the project will proceed with design and construction as presented in the planning document.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

For more information on this project please contact:

Steven Boyle, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26087
Fax: 613-580-2578
E-mail: Steven.Boyle@ottawa.ca

Christopher Gordon, P. Eng
Principal, Transportation
Genivar
15 Fitzgerald Road, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K2H 9G1
Tel: 613-829-2800
Fax: 613-829-8299
E-mail: Christopher.Gordon@genivar.com

Open House #1 (June 2009)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
5 to 8 p.m.
Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre
3320 Paul Anka Drive

Study Area Map

The purpose of the first open house is to present the following: preliminary existing conditions; study design/process; need and justification; preliminary connection alternatives/solutions; and next steps.

If you are not available to attend the Public Open House and would like to discuss the project, or would like additional information, please direct your comments and questions to:

Steven Boyle, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26087
Fax: 613-580-2578
E-mail: steven.boyle@ottawa.ca

Christopher Gordon, P. Eng.
Principal, Transportation
Genivar
15 Fitzgerald Road, Suite 100
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 9G1
Tel: 613-829-2800
Fax: 613-829-8299
E-mail: christopher.gordon@genivar.com

Open House #2 (December 2009)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
6 to 9 p.m.
Greenboro Pavilion
14 Tapiola Crescent, Ottawa

Study Area Map

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the Environmental Assessment (EA) for a future pathway connection between the Hunt Club community and the Southeast Transitway. The project is classified as a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2007) document. The intent of this future pathway connection will be to better connect residents with rapid transit, neighbouring communities and local commercial areas. This project has been identified in the City’s Official Plan – Hunt Club Secondary Plan, the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan.

There is an opportunity at any time during the EA process for interested persons to provide comments. Any comments received pertaining to the study will be collected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

The purpose of this second and final open house is to present the following: summary of existing conditions, study design/process, project need, alternatives, evaluation, Recommended Plan and steps to complete the project.

Substantial feedback from both agencies and members of the public has been provided primarily relating to transportation connectivity, safety, crime prevention, aesthetics, timing, and general support for a bridge as the preferred type of connection to cross the Airport Parkway at the alternative alignment extending from Cahill Drive West to the South Keys Station. As a result of this feedback the study team:

  • Made minor refinements to the preliminary alignment alternatives presented at the first Public Open House (June 23, 2009)
  • Streamlined the project schedule to complete the project earlier than originally anticipated
  • Undertook an evaluation of alternatives
  • Drafted a Recommended Plan for the project.

As part of this EA Study for the pathway connection, an inventory of existing environmental conditions and an evaluation of alternatives was undertaken. The evaluation of the alignment alternatives determined that the Technically Preferred Alternative (TPA) was an alignment connecting Cahill Drive West with South Keys Station though the area of the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands. Another evaluation determined the technically preferred Airport Parkway crossing type should be a pathway bridge over the roadway. A preliminary design of the TPA was undertaken to determine the form and function of this preferred alignment and crossing. The preliminary design was then refined and it forms the Draft Recommended Plan for the pathway connection.

At the completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report documenting the effects anticipated by the project and the corresponding mitigation measures will be prepared and placed on the public record for public and agency review. For more information, or if you wish to be placed on the study’s mailing list, please contact:

Steven Boyle, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26087
Fax: 613-580-2578
E-mail: steven.boyle@ottawa.ca

Christopher Gordon, P. Eng.
Principal, Transportation
Genivar
15 Fitzgerald Road, Suite 100
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 9G1
Tel: 613-829-2800
Fax: 613-829-8299
E-mail: christopher.gordon@genivar.com

Open House #1 Display boards (June 2009)

Welcome

Welcome to the first of three Public Open Houses for the Hunt Club Community Pathway Environmental Assessment (EA) undertaken on behalf of the City of Ottawa.

Please feel free to view the presentation material and the available background reports / memorandums at the Resource Table. Should you have any questions regarding the material, or any other aspect of the study, please speak to any of the City or Consultant study team members in attendance.

We encourage you to provide your comments in writing. Comment sheets are available at the registration desk. Please deposit completed forms in the comment box or mail/ fax/ e-mail to the address at the bottom of the form. We also encourage you to record your attendance at the registration desk.

Hunt Club Community Pathway EA

The goal of this meeting is to:

  • Describe the Environmental Assessment process
  • Present the Draft Study Design
  • Identify the issues of the project
  • Present a Preliminary Assessment of Alternative Planning Solutions
  • Obtain your comments

Background

In 2008, City council mandated staff to complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine the pedestrian connectivity solution between the Hunt Club Community and the South Keys and Greenboro rapid transit stations. This study will ultimately satisfy the requirements outlined in the Class EA, which is required under the Planning Act. The main objective of this study will be to gain approval for the recommended future connection(s) linking the Hunt Club Community with the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands and the South Keys and Greenboro transit stations. Following the completion of this EA, the project will be carried forward to the detailed design stage.

Study Area

The Hunt Club Community Pathway study area extends from Plante Drive / Cahill Drive West / McCarthy Road to South Keys Shopping Centre. The North-South boundaries are the CN Rail line to the north and Hunt Club Road to the south. The Airport Parkway and the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland (SCCW) are located centrally within the study area. East of the SCCW are the O-Train corridor and Southeast Transitway including two major stations (Greenboro and South Keys). The lands east of these transit corridors include the South Keys Shopping Centre and the Greenboro Park and Ride Facility.

Figure of Study Area

Figure of Study Area

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Environmental Assessment Process

This project is being undertaken as a Schedule “C”, Class EA in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study, 2000, which is available at the Resource Table.

This study will also be harmonized to satisfy the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, if triggered by this project.

There is opportunity at any time during the Environmental Assessment process for interested persons to provide comments and review outstanding issues. If after participating in this project, and at the conclusion of the study, you still have serious environmental concerns, you have the right to request the Minister of the Environment to reclassify the project as a Part II order (or “bump-up”) to an Individual Environmental Assessment.

The Hunt Club Community Pathway EA has been initiated to examine the possible improvements to accommodate the needs outlined in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan (TMP), the Ottawa Cycling Plan (OCP), Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP), and Hunt Club Secondary Plan. This study will confirm the need for a pathway connection between the existing communities including the required features for pedestrians and cyclists as well as environmental mitigation measures.

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process

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Study Stages

This harmonized EA study will include the following five key study stages:

  1. Study Commencement
  • Define Problem (Need and Justification) or Opportunity
  • Information Gathering and Generation of Alternatives
  • Consideration of Alternative Solutions/Alternative Projects
  • Analysis and Evaluation of Alternatives and Technically Preferred Alternatives
  • Alternative Design Concepts for Preferred Solutions
  • Recommended Plan
  • Effects and Mitigation Measures
  • Documentation
  • Environmental Study Report

Existing Pedestrian Crossing Activity along Airport Parkway

An informal unsigned route between the Hunt Club Community and South Keys Station is currently being used by pedestrians as evident through observations during site visits, the context of ‘beaten’ paths, and an understanding of historical tragic occurrences that have taken place along this corridor.

Planning Initiatives

The City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), Ottawa Cycling Plan (OCP), Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP), and Hunt Club Secondary Plan all include provisions to accommodate pedestrian / cycling connectivity between the Hunt Club Community and the Southeast Transitway.

Ottawa Pedestrian Master Plan (OPMP) – Pedestrian Network

Ottawa Pedestrian Master Plan (OPMP) – Pedestrian Network

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Ottawa Cycling Plan Network (OCP)

Ottawa Cycling Plan Network (OCP)

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Planning Solutions

Planning Solutions represent alternative ways of addressing the identified problem. This step in the study process will address Phase 2 of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process (i.e. problem definition, project need and justification, and assessment of alternative planning solutions).

A preliminary evaluation has been undertaken of Alternative Planning Solutions to solving the connectivity and safety related needs of the existing community. The exercise indicated that transportation system improvements are appropriate to address existing deficiencies such as pedestrian safety and connectivity with transit facilities as well as address planning initiatives as per the TMP, OCP, OPP, and secondary plans.

Preliminary Assessment of Planning Solutions

Planning Solutions represent alternative ways of addressing the identified need. The options listed below will be considered throughout the study. The table presents a relative comparison between Planning Solutions:

Criteria

Do Nothing

Prohibit Crossing of Parkway

Facilitate / Construct Pathway Crossing of Parkway

Modify Transit Service

Transportation

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Land Use
Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Socio-Economic

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Environmental

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Recommendations

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

 

DO NOT CARRY FORWARD

Does not solve pedestrian connectivity initiative as indicated in planning initiatives. In addition, existing safety issues remain

DO NOT CARRY FORWARD

Does not solve pedestrian connectivity initiative as indicated in planning initiatives

CARRY FORWARD

Supports OP, TMP, OCP, OPP, and Secondary Plan initiatives and presents opportunities to improve safety

CARRY FORWARD

Supports TMP and OP initiatives. This solution also complements the pathway connection solution

   
Legend

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Preliminary Alternative Design Concepts

Based on the preliminary existing conditions information and general input provided by the study team, an initial list of preliminary corridor alignments were developed for comment.

Following a review of the final environmental inventories, further project team / Agency Consultation Group (ACG) input, and review of the POH results (POH No. 1), these preliminary alignments will be modified and/or coarse screened where appropriate to address preliminary feedback and identified constraints.

The following display board illustrates the preliminary corridor alignments.

Preliminary Alignment Alternatives

Preliminary Alignment Alternatives

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What are the Evaluation Criteria?

The following evaluation criteria categories may be used in the assessment:

  • Transportation
  • Natural Environment
  • Cultural Environment
  • Socio-Economic Environment
  • Land Use and Property
  • Cost

This list is preliminary and it will be reviewed and expanded with input from the ACG and Public Consultation Group (PCG). Should you feel that there are other criteria that should also be considered please list them on your comment sheet.

Public Involvement

Your input into this study is valuable and appreciated. Comment forms are available at the Registration Desk. All information is collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

Please provide your completed comment form on or before Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Methods of sending in your form are indicated on the comment sheet.

Public Consultation Group (PCG)

A PCG will be created to provide local residents/ businesses/ interested stakeholders an opportunity to provide their perspective of the project.

Schedule

Following Public Open House (POH) No.1, the next scheduled items include:

  • Inventories (transportation, stormwater, structures, fisheries, transit, geotechnical, landscape architecture, and archaeological/heritage)
  • Analysis and Evaluation (Summer 2009)
  • Selection of Technically Preferred Alternative (Summer 2009)
  • POH No. 2 (Fall 2009)
  • Refinements to the Technically Preferred Alternative
  • Functional Design
  • POH No. 3 (Late 2009)
  • Environmental Study Report (Winter 2010)
  • Study Completion (Winter 2010)

Next Steps

  • Review all comments
  • Meet with the Public Consultation Group and Agency Consultation Group
  • Complete environmental inventories review and collection

You can remain involved in the Hunt Club Community – South Keys Pathway EA study by:

  • Requesting that your name be added to our study mailing list providing a written comment sheet
  • Attending the next Public Open House, to be held in Fall 2009. A notice will be placed in the newspaper at that time.
  • Request to participate on the Public Consultation Group and represent the interests of communities potentially effected
  • Contacting consultant or City staff at any time during the study

Any of our representatives can assist you in completing the above activities.

Thank you for your involvement in this study.

Open House #2 Display boards (December 2009)

Welcome

Welcome to the second and final Public Open House for the Hunt Club to Southeast Transitway Pathway Environmental Assessment (EA) undertaken on behalf of the City of Ottawa.

Please feel free to view the presentation material and the available background reports / memorandums at the Resource Table. Should you have any questions regarding the material, or any other aspect of the study, please speak to any of the City or Consultant study team members in attendance.

We encourage you to provide your comments in writing. Comment sheets are available at the registration desk. Please deposit completed forms in the comment box or mail / fax / e-mail to the address at the bottom of the form. We also encourage you to record your attendance at the registration desk.

Hunt Club to Southeast Transitway Pathway EA

The goal of this meeting is to:

  • Describe the Environmental Assessment (EA) process
  • Present a summary of existing conditions information
  • Indicate the alternatives considered in the study
  • Describe the Evaluation of Alternatives
  • Present the Recommended Plan and mitigation measures
  • Identify steps to complete the project
  • Obtain your comments

The Hunt Club Community to Southeast Transitway Pathway EA was initiated to examine how to better connect residents with rapid transit, neighbouring communities and local commercial areas. This project has been identified in the City’s Official Plan – Hunt Club Secondary Plan (2003), the Ottawa Cycling Plan (2008) and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (2009).

Background

In 2008, City Council mandated staff to complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine the pedestrian connectivity solution between the Hunt Club Community and the South Keys and Greenboro rapid transit stations. This study will ultimately satisfy the requirements outlined in the Class EA, which is required under the Planning Act. The main objective of this study will be to gain approval for a recommended future connection linking the Hunt Club Community with the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands and the Southeast Transitway. Following the completion of this EA, the project will be carried forward to the detailed design stage prior to implementation.

Study Area

The study area extends from Plante Drive / Cahill Drive West / McCarthy Road to Bank Street. The North-South boundaries are the CN Rail line to the north and Hunt Club Road to the south. The Airport Parkway and the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland (SCCW) are located centrally within the study area. East of the SCCW are the north-south rail corridor and Southeast Transitway including two major stations (Greenboro and South Keys). The lands east of these transit corridors include the South Keys Shopping Centre.

Figure of Study Area

Figure of Study Area

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Environmental Assessment Process

This project is being undertaken as a Schedule “C”, Class EA in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study, 2007, which is available at the Resource Table. This study will also be harmonized to satisfy the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, if triggered by this project.

There is opportunity at any time during the Environmental Assessment process for interested persons to provide comments and review outstanding issues. If after participating in this project, and at the conclusion of the study, you still have serious environmental concerns, you have the right to request the Minister of the Environment to reclassify the project through a Part II order (or “bump-up”) to an Individual Environmental Assessment.

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process

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Study Stages

This harmonized EA study includes the following five key study stages:

  1. Study Commencement
  • Define Problem (Need and Justification) or Opportunity
  • Information Gathering and Generation of Alternatives
  • Consideration of Alternative Solutions/Alternative Projects
  • Analysis and Evaluation of Alternatives and Technically Preferred Alternatives
  • Alternative Design Concepts for Preferred Solutions
  • Recommended Plan (WE ARE AT THIS STAGE)
  • Effects and Mitigation Measures
  • Documentation
  • Environmental Study Report

Study Design Update

A review of the study schedule was considered by the study team following the substantial feedback from the public at Public Open House No. 1, reviewing additional project related information related to existing conditions and previous public feedback from the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland design consultation, and undertaking preliminary works in regard to the evaluation exercise.

It was determined that a revised schedule was the appropriate course of action as a method of removing redundancy within the process for this particular project, ensuring that the study’s overall time frame was adhered to, and meeting process requirements.

In summary, the revised project schedule will allow the project to be completed and presented to City Council early in 2010.

Summary of Existing Conditions Information

Natural Habitat

Limited due to the amount of on-going development in the area. Considered to have been transformed from a natural condition by mid 1980s. Small isolated woodlot immediately north of CN rail corridor (dominated by White cedar).

Geotechnical

Natural topography is generally flat. Glacial till typically overlie bedrock. Leda clay overlies till within study area. SCCW excavated to several metres below table land.

Land Use

Low density residential, South Keys Shopping Centre, new developments at 40 Mountain Cres. and 2200 Bank Street. The OP designates the Airport Parkway as a scenic entry route.

Municipal Infrastructure

Watermain follows Airport Parkway through the study area. Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland (SCCW) provides quantity and quality control of discharge to Sawmill Creek.

Archaeological and Heritage

A single site has been registered. Portions of site have archaeological potential - Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian archaeological sites.

Fisheries

No fish habitat was observed in any of the storm pond cells, however components of the area can support fish habitat.

Structures

Underpass at O-Train corridor in poor condition with numerous efflorescence stained cracks on soffit and extensive delamination on the abutments (single span rigid frame).

Need for a Pedestrian Crossing

The need for a pathway connection was confirmed based predominantly on safety issues associated with an existing travel demand line. An informal unsigned route between the Hunt Club Community and South Keys Station was confirmed and a review of travel demand and study area transportation layout information indicated that a new pathway connection is needed. It should also be noted that a pedestrian connection has been included in City Plans (Ottawa Cycling Plan, Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and the Official Plan - Hunt Club Secondary Plan).

Hunt Club Secondary Plan

Ottawa Pedestrian Master Plan (OPMP) – Pedestrian Network

Ottawa Cycling Plan (OCP)

Ottawa Cycling Plan Network (OCP)

Alternative Alignments

Based on existing conditions information and general input provided by the study team, public, and agencies, the preliminary list of alternative alignments presented at the first Public Open House was refined.

Alternative Alignments

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Evaluation of Alternative Alignments

A set of criteria was developed upon which to evaluate the alignment alternatives based on study team, public, and agency input. A long list of criteria was initially developed (included in the Evaluation Report). For the purposes of determining a preferred alternative, only the evaluation criteria, which result in measurable differences between the alternatives, were carried forward into the quantitative evaluation. These criteria are shown below. (NOTE: Alternative 8 coarse screened for safety reasons – i.e. proximity of pathway to adjacent rail track and unprotected use of Transitway boulevard.)

Short List of Evaluation Criteria

TRANSPORTATION

  • Travel Distance to Rapid Transit Station
  • Ability to deter pedestrians/cyclists from crossing the Airport Parkway at an undefined crossing location
CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT
  • Ability for alternative to allow for casual surveillance
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist safety associated with CPTED principles
  • Visual intrusion

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Potential removal of vegetation

SOCIO-ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

  • Residential catchment
  • Commercial/industrial catchment

LAND USE AND PROPERTY

  • Easement on CN Rail lands required
  • Easement on NCC property required

COST (Life Cycle Cost Index)

Evaluation of Alternative Alignments Table

Criteria

Alternative A1

Alternative A2

Alternative A3

Alternative A4

Alternative A5

Alternative A6

Alternative A7

Transportation
             

Travel Distance between edge of community and Rapid Transit Station.

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Ability to deter pedestrians from crossing the Airport Parkway at an undefined crossing location.

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Cultural Environment

             

Ability for alternative to allow for casual surveillance.

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Pedestrian Safety associated with CPTED principles.

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Visual Intrusion

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Natural Environment

             

Potential removal of vegetation.

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Socio-Economic
             

Residential catchment

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Commercial/Industrial Gross Floor Area (GFA) within 200 m catchment area.

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Property
             

Easement on CN Rail lands required.

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Easement on NCC property required.

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Good in comparison

Cost
             

Life cycle cost index

Good in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Good in comparison

Recommendations
             
 

Not Carried Forward as part of this EA

Not Carried Forward as part of this EA

Not Carried Forward as part of this EA

Not Carried Forward as part of this EA

Not Carried Forward as part of this EA

Not Carried Forward as part of this EA

Alternative 7 is recommended to be Carried Forward as the Technically Preferred Alternative (TPA) for this EA

   
 
Legend

Good in comparison

Good in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Neutral in comparison

Poor in comparison

Poor in comparison

Airport Parkway Crossing Alternatives

Any pathway connecting the Hunt Club community with the Southeast Transitway will require crossing of the Airport Parkway. A number of alternatives exist to implement a crossing of the Airport Parkway:

Airport Parkway Crossing Alternatives

Evaluation of Airport Parkway Crossing Alternatives

Alternative C1 (At Grade Crossing) NOT CARRIED Poor in comparison

Airport Parkway / Hunt Club Road queuing impact; driver / pedestrian / cyclist conflict; Airport Parkway form and function impact; pedestrian / cycling travel delay / potential for disobedience

Alternative C2 (Pathway over Airport Parkway) CARRIED Good in comparison

Separates pedestrian / cycling crossing traffic from vehicles; maximizes casual surveillance; reduced potential for creating entrapment locations; no modifications to Airport Parkway

Alternative C3 (Airport Parkway over Pathway) NOT CARRIED Poor in comparison

Significant adjustment to the vertical profile of the roadway; unfavourable from Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) perspective - entrapment areas, vandalism, natural lighting

Alternative C4 (Pathway under Airport Parkway) NOT CARRIED Poor in comparison

Presents challenges from a CPTED perspective - entrapment areas, vandalism, natural lighting ability; waterproofing requirement; potential Impact on the water distribution main under Airport Parkway

Alternative C5 (Airport Parkway under Pathway) NOT CARRIED Poor in comparison

Similar to option C3, this option is not recommended as it presents potentially significant investment to modify the Airport Parkway profile.

Alternative C6 (Split grade over Pathway) NOT CARRIED Poor in comparison

Similar to the discussion regarding option C4, this option is not recommended to be carried forward.

Alternative C7 (Split grade over Airport Parkway) NOT CARRIED Poor in comparison

Similar to the discussion regarding option C2, this option presents a number of similar benefits, however the effort of adjusting the grade of the Airport Parkway has a high potential for significant modifications.

Multi-Use Pathway Cross-Section

The Ottawa Cycling Plan (OCP) includes the preferred multi-use pathway cross-sections. In general, a 6.0 m cross-section is required with a 3.0 m asphalt pathway with 1.5m of adjacent cleared areas along both sides of the pathway. A vertical clearance zone of 3.0 m is preferred.

Multi-Use Pathway Cross-Section

Recommended Plan

  • A preliminary design was undertaken for the Technically Preferred Alternative as per the evaluation. This design was cross-reviewed with public, study team, and agency input and refinements to this initial design were made to form the Recommended Plan.

The following presents a description of the plan:

  • Pathway between Cahill Drive West and South Keys Station
  • Alignment designed to minimize travel distance for pedestrians while maintaining appropriate accessibility requirements.
  • Post-tensioned concrete bridge type was proposed at this stage of the project as per input from bridge design staff related to feasibility, cost, aesthetics, potential to accommodate flexible design of the future Airport Parkway, and casual surveillance, and as such should be carried forward to the next stage for further investigation. Specific detailing of bridge features (i.e. facade, lighting, edge protection materials/design) will be undertaken as part of the detailed design stage.
  • Lighting to ensure both visibility for users and casual surveillance
  • 5.5 m height clearance over Airport Parkway to ensure appropriate separation from the roadway surface
  • Bicycle parking within the area of the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands (SCCW) and in the vicinity of South Keys Station will be incorporated.
  • Existing railway underpass will be refurbished to accommodate alignment until the ultimate form of South Keys Station is in place.
  • Connection to maintain existing pathway connectivity in the SCCW will be implemented
  • Landscaping along pathway bridge approaches
  • Screen plantings to mitigate visual intrusion
  • Preliminary cost estimate indicates anticipated cost of $4.2 million for the pathway connection including the new bridge, approach embankments, pathway alignment segments, and South Keys connection. The following boards present illustrations and drawings of the Recommended Plan followed by photographs of example pedestrian bridges.

Recommended Plan

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View 1

View 2 and 3

Example Pedestrian Bridge Elements to Consider (Photographs by Others)

The images below provide examples of existing or proposed pedestrian bridges in other locations. Each possess bridge features which could potentially be considered at the detailed design stage of the Airport Parkway crossing component in an effort to maximize the bridge as a “gateway” / “scenic entry” to the City.

Areas of Environmental Sensitivities and Preliminary Mitigation

Potential Environmental Impact

Concerned Agency/Stakeholder

Mitigation

Impacts to Archaeologically significant lands

Ministry of Culture

Carry out Stage 2 assessment on undisturbed lands

Impact to vegetation adjacent to Airport Parkway

City of Ottawa

Implement replacement plantings

Stormwater runoff

City of Ottawa

Stormwater will be directed to existing municipal drainage systems, which will flow to Stormwater Management ponds (i.e. Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland)

Existing Utilities

Utilities Companies, Public

Prior to construction, utilities will be located to ensure works will avoid disturbances of services

Noise Impacts associated with Airport Parkway Traffic

Public

Noise conditions from Airport Parkway will be improved by the implementation of the pathway connection (embankments) for a component of the residents to the west of the Airport Parkway

Lighting

Public

Minimize light spillover

Visual Intrusion

Property Owner

Provide landscaped berms and new screen plantings where appropriate

Vehicular usage of pathway corridor

Public, City of Ottawa

Provide appropriate signage and physical barriers (i.e. bollards) to ensure motorists do not access the pathway

Stormwater management facility encroachment from pathway connection

City of Ottawa

Provide appropriate setback to 100-year high water line in the detailed design of the realignment of the existing pathway connection in the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland

This chart will be modified as per additional public and agency commentary as required.

Public Participation

Your input into this study is valuable and appreciated. Comment forms are available at one of the project tables or registration desk. All information is collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

Please provide your completed comment form on or before December 15, 2009. Methods of sending in your form are indicated on the comment sheet.

Final Steps to Complete the Project and Capital Budget Planning

Following this second public open house (POH 2), the following steps will need to be taken to complete the project:

  • Receive final public commentary on the study (mid December 2009)
  • Public Open House 2 Summary Report (late December 2009)
  • Refinements (if required) to Recommended Plan and Mitigation Measures (late December 2009)
  • Completion of Environmental Study Report (ESR) (early January 2010)
  • Staff Report and presentation to Transit / Transportation Committee (January 2010)
  • 30-day public review filing as per the Ministry of Environment (February 2010)

It is understood that this project is included in the City’s draft capital budget for 2010 for design and implementation.

Following the completion of this EA study, the project can be carried forward to the detailed design stage and ultimately be tendered for construction as per the City’s budget process.

We encourage you to fill out a comment sheet to indicate any remaining concerns or general comments you may have on the project and materials presented. Any of our representatives can assist you in completing the above activities or answering any questions you may have.

Thank you for your involvement and participation in this study.