The Earl Armstrong Road Extension Environmental Assessment Study Recommendations were presented at Transportation Committee on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 for approval. Presentation to City Council followed on June 12, 2019. The report was approved and is available from Service Ottawa.
The City of Ottawa has initiated the Earl Armstrong Road Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to establish the future right-of-way requirements and protect the corridor from encroaching development. The findings of the study will also inform and guide the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands. The EA study area is illustrated below.
The City’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identifies the need for the extension of Earl Armstrong Road from Albion Road to Hawthorne Road in the Network Concept Plan. The timing for the road extension is planned for beyond year 2031. Earl Armstrong Road will need to meet the long-term east-west travel demand through this south-eastern sector of the City’s urban area. It will be important to verify the growth and development assumptions and demand forecasts for this sector, undertake field studies as necessary to document baseline conditions, and establish the recommended corridor. The study will have regard for the City’s policy on Multi Modal Level of Service (MMLOS) and will embrace the concept of Complete Streets. The Study will also recognize the effect that the Trillium Line LRT investment will have on transportation in this southern sector of the City.
The study is being conducted in accordance with Ontario's EA Act, fulfilling requirements as a Municipal Class EA process for a Schedule C project. The City must evaluate alternative solutions, corridors and designs for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental effects of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts. The EA will result in a cost effective, context-sensitive, complete street functional design that accommodates all travel modes (walking, cycling, transit, autos and trucks), as appropriate; that is compatible with surrounding land uses and minimizes impacts on the surrounding environmental (social, natural/physical, and economic) conditions. The Plan will also recognize the area’s natural heritage and aggregate resources.
As part of the study process, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared to document all activities and findings during the planning and design process, and to present the Recommended Plan. Once complete, the ESR will be placed on the public record and be available for review by the public and review agencies for a period of at least 30 calendar days. Following the public review period, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Municipal Class EA Process.
The EA process requires a comprehensive consultation program involving many stakeholders, including Indigenous people, regulatory agencies, conservation authorities, local community associations, property owners and business owners, special advisory and interest groups and members of the public. The study is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
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If you have any questions or wish to be kept informed of the study please do not hesitate to contact the City of Ottawa Project Manager at the coordinates below.
Katarina Cvetkovic, P.Eng,
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Environmental Assessments Branch
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor, Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 22842