The City of Ottawa has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) study to develop a Recommended Plan for the extension of Vanguard Drive from Lanthier Drive to Mer Bleue Road.
The EA study limits for the extension of Vanguard Drive will extend from Lanthier Drive in the east to Mer Bleue Road in the west. The Study Area will cover a broader area extending westerly to west of Frank Bender Street and easterly to Tenth Line Road, to address environmental impacts, operational issues and to co-ordinate with relevant on-going studies and projects. This ensures that a reasonable range of alternatives can be developed and assessed.
Rationale for Extension of Vanguard Drive
The Official Plan, as amended by Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 150, identifies the westerly extension of the Vanguard Drive on Schedule EA as a future east-west collector road. The existing Vanguard Drive is an east-west collector road with an urban cross-section that runs between the arterial road Tenth Line Road and the local road Lanthier Drive.In September 2016, the City of Ottawa Planning Committee established a strategy and work program for the construction of the Vanguard Drive extension to support economic development of the South Orléans Business Park. The EA study will identify and protect a corridor for the roadway extension.
The EA process will include a consultation program involving many stakeholders, including the City of Ottawa, the Government of Ontario, other approval and regulatory agencies, including local community associations, businesses, institutions, special advisory, interest groups, and members of the general public. The first round of consultation meetings will occur in March 2018.
As of January 2018, this EA study is on track to meeting its target completion set for fall of 2018. Preliminary alternative alignments are currently being developed for evaluation, as preparatory work for the first round of consultation meetings scheduled for March 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
To assist in providing information to the public, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) list will be prepared to provide answers to common questions raised during the study. The FAQs document will be established early in the study process, and will be updated as the EA progresses towards completion. This document will also be posted on the web site.
1: When is the Vanguard Drive extension expected to be built?
The expected buildout horizon will not be confirmed until after the Vanguard Dr. EA is completed and approved.
You are encouraged to participate in the study by attending consultation events or by directly contacting the study team with information, comments or questions. Updated project information may be posted periodically on the study website.
The study will also have the benefit of input from agency, business and public consultation groups that will meet at key points during the study.
Two open houses will be scheduled throughout the study as an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the study and provide input. Notifications for the open house will be provided through local newspapers, emails to the study mailing list and postings on the website. The first Open House is set for March 28, 2018.
Interested persons can provide comments throughout the EA process. Any comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.
To have your name placed on the study mailing list or to submit comments or questions, please contact:Asad Yousfani, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Infrastructure Approvals
Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext.16571