Highway 7/12 Alternative Route Environmental Assessment

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Building on the feedback collected from residents through its first two community engagement sessions, during the third community engagement session, the Town of Whitby sought additional input from the community to help finalize its preferred Highway 7/12 Alternative Route in north Whitby.

As part of this third round of community engagement, the public, business owners, and interested parties were encouraged to provide feedback through a survey and virtual engagement session on the Town's Connect Whitby platform. This opportunity was communicated through all of the Town's communication channels, including Connect Whitby, social media, Town newspapers, web updates, e-news alerts and public notice.

Between June 24 and July 31, 2021, nearly 700 people visited the Connect Whitby project webpage, with nearly 310 having completed the survey. On July 22, more than 120 people attended a Zoom Webinar held by the Town. During the webinar, the Town received more than 160 questions from attendees.

What We Heard

View the report summarizing the feedback received during Community Open House No. 3.

In general, the online survey results were split evenly between those who support the Technically Preferred Corridor (Alternative A) and those who did not support the recommendations. As an example, Table 1 below shows the results for the question that asked: "Please read the following statement below and rate it on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree): I support the Technically Preferred Corridor (Alternative A, Townline Road/Lake Ridge Road) as the best alternative route for the Highway 7/12 Highway."

Table 1: COH No.3 Online Survey Results

Options

Results

Strongly Agree

108 (35%)

Somewhat Agree

34 (11%)

Neither

9 (3%)

Somewhat Disagree

7 (2%)

Strongly Disagree

149 (49%)

New Alternative

In response to public feedback received during our Community Open Houses, we are evaluating Refinement Alternatives for the East-West Connection portion of the project. This is where we have heard the greatest number of public comments.

As part of the process, we are also conducting a more detailed review of the East-West connection at the northern portion of the Study Area.

Three alternatives are being evaluated for the East-West link, as shown in Figure 1. The alternatives include Alternative A, which follows Townline Road; Alternative A-R, which includes a re-alignment along the north side of the CP rail line; and Alternative B-R, which is a refinement to the original Alternative B and follows the south side of the CP rail line.

The evaluation of these three alignment alternatives for the East-West connection is considering transportation performance, natural environment, social environment, cultural environment, land-use and property and cost factor groups.

About the Highway 7/12 Alternative Route Environment Assessment Study

As the population grows in Whitby and the Greater Toronto Area, usage of Highway 7 and 12 is increasing. To support the traffic infrastructure needs of the community and accommodate this future growth, the Town has initiated a Provincial Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to determine an alternative route(s) for provincial traffic that does not go through the Downtown Brooklin area.

The study will evaluate alternative options for the route and recommend a preferred plan to address both the local and provincial traffic needs of the study area.

The Study Design Report was finalized after the first Connect Whitby round of community engagement conducted in June 2020. The report describes the study background, approach, process, alternatives and public consultation program.

This is a map of the preliminary preferred Highway 7/12 alternative route corridor, as determined by the evaluation of the short list of corridors identified during previous community engagement sessions. This is the route corridor being proposed for a new Highway 7/12 highway.

This map shows two possible alignments for the preliminary preferred Highway 7/12 alternative route (Alternative A [more impacts to residential properties] or Alternative A-R [more impacts to farmland and Oak Ridges Moraine]).

This map shows options for the future alignment of Thickson Road with a realigned Baldwin Street.


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

Building on the feedback collected from residents through its first two community engagement sessions, during the third community engagement session, the Town of Whitby sought additional input from the community to help finalize its preferred Highway 7/12 Alternative Route in north Whitby.

As part of this third round of community engagement, the public, business owners, and interested parties were encouraged to provide feedback through a survey and virtual engagement session on the Town's Connect Whitby platform. This opportunity was communicated through all of the Town's communication channels, including Connect Whitby, social media, Town newspapers, web updates, e-news alerts and public notice.

Between June 24 and July 31, 2021, nearly 700 people visited the Connect Whitby project webpage, with nearly 310 having completed the survey. On July 22, more than 120 people attended a Zoom Webinar held by the Town. During the webinar, the Town received more than 160 questions from attendees.

What We Heard

View the report summarizing the feedback received during Community Open House No. 3.

In general, the online survey results were split evenly between those who support the Technically Preferred Corridor (Alternative A) and those who did not support the recommendations. As an example, Table 1 below shows the results for the question that asked: "Please read the following statement below and rate it on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree): I support the Technically Preferred Corridor (Alternative A, Townline Road/Lake Ridge Road) as the best alternative route for the Highway 7/12 Highway."

Table 1: COH No.3 Online Survey Results

Options

Results

Strongly Agree

108 (35%)

Somewhat Agree

34 (11%)

Neither

9 (3%)

Somewhat Disagree

7 (2%)

Strongly Disagree

149 (49%)

New Alternative

In response to public feedback received during our Community Open Houses, we are evaluating Refinement Alternatives for the East-West Connection portion of the project. This is where we have heard the greatest number of public comments.

As part of the process, we are also conducting a more detailed review of the East-West connection at the northern portion of the Study Area.

Three alternatives are being evaluated for the East-West link, as shown in Figure 1. The alternatives include Alternative A, which follows Townline Road; Alternative A-R, which includes a re-alignment along the north side of the CP rail line; and Alternative B-R, which is a refinement to the original Alternative B and follows the south side of the CP rail line.

The evaluation of these three alignment alternatives for the East-West connection is considering transportation performance, natural environment, social environment, cultural environment, land-use and property and cost factor groups.

About the Highway 7/12 Alternative Route Environment Assessment Study

As the population grows in Whitby and the Greater Toronto Area, usage of Highway 7 and 12 is increasing. To support the traffic infrastructure needs of the community and accommodate this future growth, the Town has initiated a Provincial Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to determine an alternative route(s) for provincial traffic that does not go through the Downtown Brooklin area.

The study will evaluate alternative options for the route and recommend a preferred plan to address both the local and provincial traffic needs of the study area.

The Study Design Report was finalized after the first Connect Whitby round of community engagement conducted in June 2020. The report describes the study background, approach, process, alternatives and public consultation program.

This is a map of the preliminary preferred Highway 7/12 alternative route corridor, as determined by the evaluation of the short list of corridors identified during previous community engagement sessions. This is the route corridor being proposed for a new Highway 7/12 highway.

This map shows two possible alignments for the preliminary preferred Highway 7/12 alternative route (Alternative A [more impacts to residential properties] or Alternative A-R [more impacts to farmland and Oak Ridges Moraine]).

This map shows options for the future alignment of Thickson Road with a realigned Baldwin Street.


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

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Feedback collected will help inform the next phase of the project, which is to finalize the preliminary design of the preferred alternative route and submit the Environmental Study Report to the Government of Ontario for review.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for sharing your feedback - the next survey on the Highway 7/12 Alternative Route will take place here on Connect Whitby from June 24 to July 16, 2021.

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