Completed Environmental Assessments
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6th Concession Road/North Talbot Road
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment to provide an improved 6th Concession Road/North Talbot Road corridor that will serve the needs of the transportation system and area growth for a 20-year period. The study addresses impacts on the adjacent arterial/collector road network and land uses, including consideration of pedestrian connections, bikeway connections, traffic calming, and drainage issues.
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment Study (Class EA) to investigate providing an improved transportation corridor along Banwell Road from Tecumseh Road East to the Windsor city limits at the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) tracks south of Intersection Road (approximately 2.7 kilometres), which will serve the needs of the City of Windsor and area growth through a staged program of improvements over the next 20 years. The study addresses the short- and long-term traffic impacts, the adjacent road network, provisions for cyclists and pedestrians, and improved public safety in accordance with the Windsor Area Long Range Transportation Study (WALTS) and the Essex Windsor Regional Transportation Master Plan.
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study to address capacity, safety and operational improvements along the Cabana/Division Road corridor. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared. The ESR documents the activities conducted in Phase 1,2, and 3 of the Environmental Assessment.
Environmental Study Report:
Public Information Centre
There will be a Public Information Centre (PIC) held on May 3rd between 5pm and 7pm at Roseland Public School to discuss the possible road closures to Karen Street and Harcourt Street. See the link below for further details.
Central Box Study Area
The City of Windsor has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to provide short and long-term transportation network improvements to the Central Box Study Area in the City of Windsor to serve the needs of the transportation system, related infrastructure and area growth for a 20-year period. The study area is generally bound by Eugenie Street (north), Howard Avenue (east), West Grand/South Cameron Boulevard (south) and Dominion Boulevard (west).
Dougall Parkway/Sixth Concession
Downtown Transportation Strategy
The City of Windsor has completed a study to develop a sustainable strategy for a transportation system that supports Council's Strategic Vision for a vibrant and inviting Downtown Windsor, focusing on place-making and supporting active transportation choices, while taking into account existing and planned land uses.
Downtown Windsor Transportation Master Plan
Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) in association with the City of Windsor and Windsor Casino undertook a Downtown Windsor Transportation Master Plan study to assess the longer-term traffic circulation and operational requirements to accommodate new developments in the downtown area. This study was conducted following the approved environmental planning process for Master Plans under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) (2000), with opportunity for public input throughout the study. This process fulfilled the Class EA requirements for any Schedule B projects that are identified under this study.
Grand Marais Drain Concrete Channel
The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and the City of Windsor retained Landmark Engineers Inc. to carry out an environmental assessment of the existing concrete-lined segment of the Grand Marais Drain. This Class EA aimed at exploring the potential for establishing improved connections between the communities on either side of the Drain and for making recreational, aesthetic, and habitat improvements within the channel corridor.
Grand Marais Drain Study and Environmental Assessment
The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and the City of Windsor retained Landmark Engineers Inc. to carry out an environmental assessment of the Grand Marais Drain from Dougall Avenue to Walker Road. This Class EA aimed at defining a scope of channel improvements to the previously unimproved sections along the drain corridor through this reach.
Environmental Study Report:
Addendum (August 2015):
Grand Marais Road Corridor Improvement (Howard Avenue to Walker Road)
As part of the City of Windsor's ongoing roadway system improvements, a section of Grand Marais Road East from Howard Avenue to Walker Road has been identified in the Windsor Area Long Range Transportation Study (WALTS) as needing operational and capacity improvements. These improvements may involve roadway upgrading and widening for additional traffic lanes and/or bicycle lanes, and associated traffic control improvements at key intersections for traffic calming. The purpose of this study is to evaluate alternative solutions for the identified transportation problems in the study area, leading to the selection of a preferred solution and ultimately a preferred design.
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study to address capacity, safety and operational improvements along Howard Avenue between Highway 3 and Division Road, the Dougall Parkway Interchange, and the South Cameron Boulevard/DRTP/Division Road Intersection Complex. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared:
Central Corridor Network - Transportation Review
The City of Windsor completed a preliminary review of the Central Corridor Network (CCN) Area in association with the Howard Avenue Corridor Improvements Study to identify transportation issues with the study area.
The City of Windsor in conjunction with Tru Land Developments has completed a Class Environmental Assessment Study in accordance with Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The purpose of the study was to establish the preferred design and alignment for the Kamloops Street Extension from Marentette Avenue easterly through the Southwind Subdivision to the existing cul-de-sac west of Calderwood Avenue.
Lauzon Parkway Improvements
A Class Environmental Assessment Study has been completed to address the future requirements for Lauzon Parkway improvements.
The study has the following main components:
Lauzon Parkway from E.C. Row Expressway to County Road 42 (2.5 km)
Lauzon Parkway's extension to Highway 401 (3 km)
Lauzon Parkway's further extension to Highway 3 (2.5 km)
County Road 42 from Walker Road to the City/County boundary (5.5 km)
County Road 42 from the City/County boundary to County Road 25 (10 km)
Lou Romano Water Reclamation Plant - Environmental Reports for New Generator
The City of Windsor with the assistance of Dillon Consulting Inc. has completed an Environmental Screening Report (ESR) under O. Reg. 116/01 and the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act for the replacement of an existing diesel generator at the Lou Romano Reclamation Plant. The new generator will serve as emergency back-up power, as well as being available for non-emergency use to generate and supply power during peak periods under the Provincial Global Adjustment Program. The emergency generator will also include a selective catalyst reduction system to improve the quality of exhaust emissions, as required to allow for non-emergency use.
The Ontario government, through the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC), is investing $400 million at Casino Windsor. Part of the investment is for a new hotel, entertainment complex and conference centre to be located to the west of the Casino between Pitt Street and Chatham Street. The Expansion Project includes:
- New 400-room hotel (23 storeys) complementing the existing hotel
- New 5,000-seat auditorium/theatre
- 100,000 square feet of convention space
As the proposed site between the Esplanade and McDougall Street is not large enough, the Expansion Project will require a reconstruction of McDougall Street from Riverside Drive to south of Chatham Street.
In order to address the treatment of McDougall Street, the City of Windsor, in conjunction with OLGC, has conducted a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process, to confirm the need for any required modifications to McDougall Street and to identify the preferred solution.
The preferred McDougall Street solution was presented to the public at a Public Information Centre (PIC), held on August 16, 2005. Taking into consideration the problem being addressed, the assessment of planning alternatives and potential environmental effects, and the comments received from technical agencies and the public, the recommended plan for McDougall Street includes reducing the roadway to one northbound and one southbound lane between Pitt Street and Chatham Street to accommodate the Expansion Project. A request for public comment on the plan was advertised throughout the community; documents were made available; and resulting comments were received until October 31, 2005.
Online documentation, in portable document format (PDF):
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study to address capacity, safety, and operational improvements along the Provincial/Division Rd. corridor. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared. The ESR documents the activities conducted in Phase 1, 2, and 3 of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.
Riverside Drive Pedestrian Crossings
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study of the Riverside Drive pedestrian crossings. The objective of this project is to evaluate the potential alternative solutions to a pedestrian underpass based on the demand for a dedicated pedestrian grade separation, the suitability of the proposed location(s) and the design constraints along the Central Riverfront.
Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study to address capacity, safety and operational improvements along the Riverside Drive. The primary EA study area extends 16 kilometres from Rosedale Avenue just west of the Ambassador Bridge, east to the City border. A secondary study area for traffic analysis purposes was also established from Riverside Drive to Wyandotte Street along this 16 kilometre corridor. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared.
Subsequent to the completion of this Environmental Assessment, detailed design commenced in 2018 for Phase 2A (from Ford Boulevard to St. Rose Avenue). Appendix A Preferred Design Concept Plans posted below for Buckingham to Thompson, Prado to Jefferson, Patrice Street, and St. Rose to Belleperche are superseded by detailed design plates. Riverside Drive Vista Phase 2A Reconstruction (Ford Boulevard to St. Rose Avenue), Property/Easement Requirements and Street Trees plans, as presented at PIC on May 23, 2019, which illustrated detailed design for proposed asphalt pavement, on-road bike lanes, driveway restoration, proposed sidewalk, and tree impacts, and property/easement requirements known at the time. The Sewer and Coastal Flood Protection Master Plan completed in November of 2020 further identified property/easement needs for sewer and barrier landform works.
Environmental Study Report:
Sewer and Coastal Flood Protection Master Plan
The City of Windsor completed the Sewer and Coastal Flood Protection Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment to better understand flooding issues within the city. The master plan took a system-wide approach to identify existing flood-prone areas for surface, basement, and coastal flooding and identified solutions, by priority, to address and reduce the risk of flooding during extreme rainfall events. The recommendations ultimately achieved the Mayor's 8-Point Plan to address flooding, which included source control measures, sewer system conveyance and storage improvements and coastal flood protection measures.
The master plan achieved the ultimate goal to set new standards and further support the successful long-term operation and maintenance of the city's storm and sanitary sewer systems.
Sewer and Coastal Flood Protection Master Plan Report
St. Rose Stormwater Pumping Station
The City of Windsor has completed a Schedule 'C' Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the St. Rose Stormwater Pumping Station. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared. The recommended layout from the ESR features the pumping station below grade in the centre of the western portion of the park site with the electrical building and emergency generator at the south-west corner of the site.
Construction of the proposed infrastructure will increase the resiliency to flooding in this area and positively impact the community by protecting property, including municipal infrastructure, local transportation networks, and residential properties.
Tecumseh Road East Improvements
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study to address capacity, safety, and operational improvements along Tecumseh Road East between Jefferson Boulevard and Banwell Road. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared.
Tecumseh Road West Corridor
Improvements to the Tecumseh Road West Corridor are required to address traffic safety concerns as well as to increase roadway traffic efficiency. The Master Plan process is described in the Class EA process document as being preferential where there are multiple problems in the study area and where improvements are to be implemented over an extended period of time.
Subway Structures at Wellington Avenue Environmental Study Report
This report together with the Tecumseh Road West Corridor Master Plan comprises the Environmental Study Report for the Tecumseh Road West Subway Structures at Wellington Avenue.
Addendum to Master Plan
The Tecumseh Road West Corridor Master Plan identified that Crawford Avenue to Church Street was substantially deficient with respect to traffic flow as a result of delays caused by rail traffic blocking traffic movements at each of the Essex Terminal (ETR) crossing and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) crossing.
As per the Addendum, the decline in the number of rail movements at the CPR crossing at Tecumseh Road West has reduced the need for a grade separation at this location, but the exposure index still necessitates that some improvements be undertaken at the ETR and CPR crossings.
Twin Oaks Drive/Railway Spur Line
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate environmental issues and alternatives for the extension of Twin Oaks Drive, construction of a rail spur track, relocation of Lachance Drain and municipal servicing. The City of Windsor requires the construction of a rail spur track extending northward from the Canadian Pacific Railway main track to the south side of the C.S. Wind property limits. The proposed alignment of the rail spur track crosses lands owned by the City. The City also intends to extend Twin Oaks Drive to the east of the railway spur track, relocate a portion of Lachance Drain and to provide site servicing to the adjacent properties. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared.
Final Report & Appendices
Upper Little River Master Plan Environmental Assessment (ULREA)
The City of Windsor in conjunction with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and the Town of Tecumseh completed a Class Environmental Assessment Study in accordance with Phase 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The purpose of the study is to document existing conditions and to recommend storm water management measures to protect existing resources as development continues in the upper reaches of Little River. In January 2023, the ULREA was completed and tabled for the 30-day review period in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment process. Comments were received and addressed, and the report has now been adopted. The letter below summarizes the 30-day review period comments.
Walker Road Corridor
The City of Windsor has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study to address capacity, safety and operational improvements along the Walker Road Corridor (Riverside Drive East to the City Limits) and Grand Marais Road East Corridor (Walker Road to Central Avenue). An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared.
- Environmental Study Report
Walker Road Corridor - Grand Marais Road East Improvements Preferred Design:
Other Studies (not initiated by the City of Windsor)
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