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Paradise Point & Grandview Beach Servicing Class EA FAQ

Q: Why is the Township undertaking this Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: Development restrictions have been in place in the Grandview Beach and Paradise Point Community (the Community) since 1974 in response to environmental and well water quality issues.  Studies since 1974 have looked at various options to address these issues. The Township is undertaking this Class EA to evaluate previously studied and new servicing options in order to improve water and wastewater services in the Community.

Q: What is a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: A Class EA is an evaluation of the possible impact, positive or negative, that a proposed project may have on various social, cultural, economic, heritage, archeological, ecological, biological and financial factors. A Class EA provides the framework for a seamless, open, transparent, and traceable decision-making process involving public and agency consultation, including consultation with affected Aboriginal communities.

The purpose of this particular Class EA is to ensure that Tay Township Council considers the potential impacts in evaluating the need for and the feasibility of improving water and wastewater services in the Grandview Beach and Paradise Point Community, and whether to proceed with its implementation.  The Class EA is proceeding as a Schedule B undertaking, in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Municipal Class EA, October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011.

Q: What is the study area for this Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: Click here to view the Class EA study area.

Q: Who is conducting this Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: Tay Township retained a consulting team led by J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd., in association with Hemson Consulting Ltd. and Golder Associates Ltd., to conduct this Class EA.

Tay Township and the consulting team have signed a Commitment Charter to demonstrate a joint commitment to this Class EA.

Q: When will this Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) be completed?

A: The Class EA is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015.

Q: What is the process for this Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: The Class EA is being done in two phases:

Phase 1 - Problem Statement: The consulting team will review background information, consult with the public and other stakeholders, and meet with the Public Liaison Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and Financial Impacts Committee.  These Committees are being formed to provide guidance throughout the Class EA.  Factors will be documented based on these tasks, which will lead to the preparation of a Problem Statement.  The Problem Statement will identify the problem and/or opportunities that will be addressed by this Class EA.

Phase 2 - Alternative Solutions: The consulting team will identify alternative solutions and assess their impacts, including mitigation measures to either reduce or eliminate negative impacts, in order to determine a preferred solution.  This work will be based on:

  • Technical assessments of the Class EA study area, which will include an ecological survey, archeological assessment, heritage impact assessment, hydrogeological assessment and a financial impacts analysis;
  • Consultation with the public and other stakeholders; and
  • Meetings with the Public Liaison Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and Financial Impacts Committee.

 A report, called a 'Schedule B - Project File', will be prepared to document the Class EA process for review and endorsement by the Township of Tay Council.  Once it has been endorsed by Council, there will be a mandatory 30-day public and agency review period.

Q: How will the public be consulted during the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: Public and agency consultation are key elements of the Class EA process. A Consultation Plan has been developed to encourage input throughout the study. Consultation activities will be facilitated through:

  • Conducting door-to-door visits early on in the study to inform people of the study and how they can get involved;
  • Maintaining a comprehensive and complete agency, stakeholder group and contact list;
  • Engaging the community through a Public Liaison Committee;
  • Providing regular study updates by mail and/or email (sign up here);
  • Regularly updating the study website;
  • Holding two Public Open Houses, one on September 13, 2014 in Port McNicoll to introduce the Class EA and provide information on the Class EA process; and the second Public Open House in the spring of 2015 to present and receive public input on the preferred servicing alternative;
  • Vetting decision-making and study activities through a Technical Advisory Committee;
  • Working with a Financial Impacts Committee to confirm the financial impacts of the alternative solutions; and
  • Engaging consultation activities with affected Aboriginal communities.

A contact list for notification by mail or email of study status updates, public information meetings, and other opportunities for public input is being updated regularly. If you wish to be added to the contact list, please complete the sign-up form or contact:

Michael Troop, P.Eng.
Environmental Engineer
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
107-450 Speedvale Ave. West
Guelph, ON N1H 7Y6
Email Michael Troop
Phone: 519-763-0713 ext. 6522

Peter Dance, P. Eng.
Director of Public Works
Tay Township
450 Park St., P.O. Box 100
Victoria Harbour, ON L0K 2A0
Email Peter Dance
Phone: 705-534-7248 ext. 224

 

Q: What can I expect during the door-to-door visit?

A: Starting July 20, 2014, consulting team members will be conducting door-to-door visits of properties within the Class EA study area.  They will speak with property owners about the Class EA process.  The property owners will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and may also be asked for a water sample from the property.  In order to meet with as many people as possible, the visits will take place on weekdays and on Sundays between 10:00 am and 7:30 pm.

Please note that the consulting team members will be wearing name tags and will also have photo ID and a letter from the Township indicating the purpose of the visit.

Q: What is a Public Liaison Committee (PLC)?

A: A PLC is being established to:

  • Provide input on consultation activities to ensure that community information needs are met;
  • Provide input on information to be presented at the Public Open Houses and review the consultation reports completed after these events; and
  • Attend the Public Open Houses to provide a link between the consulting team and community.

Applications to be part of the PLC were accepted until July 31, 2014. The first meeting is scheduled for August 27, 2014.  For more information on the PLC, please refer to the Committee Terms of Reference

Q: What is a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)?

A: A TAC is being formed to provide technical guidance to the consulting team and assist in identifying potential approval requirements. The following agencies/organizations have been invited to be part of the TAC:

  • Tay Township Staff
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment
  • Severn Sound Environmental Association
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

An introductory TAC meeting will be held in September 2014.  TAC meetings will be held approximately four times throughout the study.

Q: What is a Financial Impacts Committee (FIC)?

A: A FIC is being formed to provide guidance on the financial impacts of the alternative solutions and how the associated servicing costs can be shared, deferred, and/or funded.

An introductory FIC meeting will be in the fall of 2014.  FIC meetings will be held approximately four times throughout the study.

Q: Is there Federal and Provincial involvement?

A: Yes, a number of Federal, Provincial, and local agencies will be consulted throughout the study. 

Q: Will Aboriginal communities be consulted?

A: Yes, the consulting team will engage consultation with affected Aboriginal communities throughout the study. 

Q: What will be the construction cost of this project, and how will it be funded?

A: Construction costs and funding alternatives will be evaluated in consultation with the Financial Impacts Committee as part of the study.

Q: Who can I contact to get more information about this Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

A: If you want more information about this Class EA, please contact:

Michael Troop, P.Eng.
Environmental Engineer
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
107-450 Speedvale Ave. West
Guelph, ON N1H 7Y6
Email Michael Troop
Phone: 519-763-0713 ext. 6522

Peter Dance, P. Eng.
Director of Public Works
Tay Township
450 Park St., P.O. Box 100
Victoria Harbour, ON L0K 2A0
Email Peter Dance
Phone: 705-534-7248 ext. 224

Check the website (www.tay.ca) for study updates.

Complete the sign-up form to join the study mailing list.

Plan to attend the first Public Open House scheduled for September 13, 2014 in Port McNicoll.