Consultation is an important part of the Class Environmental Assessment process. Consultation provides opportunities for two-way communication between the Project Team and interested stakeholders and enables the identification of potentially significant matters early in the decision-making process.
We feel that effective engagement goes beyond the application of tools, but starts with a thoughtful approach that is tailored to this project and its context. Our engagement and consultation program includes a variety of traditional and innovative techniques to increase stakeholder awareness and participation, as outlined below.
Throughout the study, a variety of notification methods (i.e., newspaper advertisements, mail delivery, and this website) will be used to notify interested stakeholders about the study at key project milestones, including commencement, the Public Information Centres (PICs) and the availability of the Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) for the 30-day public review.
Newspaper notices will be published in the following local newspapers:
- Hamilton Spectator
- Burlington Post
The Notice of Study Commencement was issued in April 2017.
The Notice of Public Information Centre #1 was sent in September 2017.
Pop-up Event Booth
To raise awareness about the project / upcoming consultation events, and to receive input about the alternative solutions, members of the Project Team will have a pop-up style booth at local community events. The purpose is to engage the community in-place and to capture a segment of the population that may not have otherwise participated in the project. Our booth was at the Burlington Mall Farmer’s Market located at Prospect Street and Guelph Line on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
Public Information Centres
Opportunities for consultation will be provided at key project milestones. The Project Team along with MTO Staff will host two public open houses. It is anticipated that the format of the open houses will include:
- Open review of posters and presentation boards that describe the existing conditions, alternatives / evaluation, recommended solution, mitigation measures and next steps.
- Invitation for attendees to participate via marking up maps to enhance the Project Team’s existing knowledge of the existing conditions. This can be done using post-it notes, and dots that correlate to a specific comment sheet.
- The Study Team will be available to answer questions as attendees complete the interactive components and review of the presentation boards.
The first Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on October 10, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre. The PIC provided external agencies, interested stakeholders, Indigenous Communities, and members of the community with an opportunity to review the study process, existing conditions, need and justification, generation of preliminary alternatives, the evaluation criteria which will be used to assess the alternatives, and next steps in the study.
The first PIC was held as a drop-in style, open house format as follows:
|Date:||October 10 2017|
|Location:||Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
3063 South Service Road
|Time:||4:00 pm to 8:00 pm|
Details from the PIC are posted below. Please review the display boards presented at the PIC and provide any comments or suggestions you may have to the Project Team using the comment form here:
The second public open house will be held later in the project and will represent an opportunity to present the recommended solution and ask the community, “Did we get it right?” Input will be sought on the selection of the preferred Preliminary Design Alternative, which includes the evaluation of environmental impacts and proposed mitigation.
To contact the Project Team directly with comments or to request to be added to the study mailing list, please visit the Contact Us page of this website.