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Notice of Study Commencement and Public Information Centre for Master Drainage Plan Study

Posted on Monday July 16, 2018
Master Drainage Plan Study Area

The Study

The County of Northumberland (County) has initiated a Master Plan to identify a drainage plan for the overall study area (Figure 1). The County completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Municipal Class EA) for County Road 2 from Burnham/William Street in Cobourg to Hamilton Road in the Municipality of Port Hope that was approved by the MOECC in 2016, which recommended that a Master Drainage Plan (MDP) be developed for the Study Area. The intent of the MDP is to confirm existing and proposed drainage patterns as well as future development plans in the study area, address existing flooding issues at the Unnamed Watercourse 07 East, and to develop future development targets for stormwater in the study area to assist developers, the County, Town of Cobourg and Hamilton Township with development review and approval.

This study is being conducted in accordance with the requirements for Master Plans of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015). A Master Plan approach allows for long-range planning that integrates infrastructure requirements for existing and future public needs. Master Plans examine an infrastructure system or group of related projects in order to outline a framework for planning multiple, future projects. This overarching planning approach recognizes that there are benefits to the process when comprehensive plans are undertaken for projects that have some common elements such as geography, function or environmental impact.

The County is using Approach 1 of the Municipal Class EA process for Master Plans. This approach involves the preparation of a Master Plan document at the conclusion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class EA process. The Master Plan document will be made available for public comment prior to being approved by the County. The preferred Master Plan alternative will recommend a variety of projects. For all projects that trigger the criteria of a Schedule B and C project, further documentation will be required at the project-specific level to fulfil the Municipal Class EA requirements.

Want to get involved?

Public and agency consultation is an important component of the Environmental Assessment process. Throughout the study, Northumberland County will be consulting with various agencies and members of the community. Any comments received during the study will be part of the decision making process. Should you wish to continue to receive project updates or if you have any questions or comments please contact the Project Manager identified in this notice.

As part of the study, A Public Information Centre (PIC) is planned for Wednesday, July 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the County of Northumberland offices at 555 Courthouse Road. This PIC will present background information on the study, the problem/opportunity statement, and draft evaluation criteria for assessment of alternative solutions.

Denise Marshall, P.Eng.
Manager, Project Engineering
County of Northumberland
555 Courthouse Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 5J6
Telephone: (905) 372-3329
Fax: 905-372-1696
E-mail: marshalld@northumberlandcounty.ca

Ken Smith, P.Eng.
Project Manager
D.M. Wills Associates Ltd.
150 Jameson Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 0B9
Phone: (705) 742-2297
E-mail: ksmith@dmwills.com

This Notice of Study Commencement and Public Information Centre was issued on June 22nd, 2018

For more information, please view the attached document.

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