The County of Essex is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for improvements to County Road 20 (Seacliffe Drive) from Kratz Sideroad in the Town of Kingsville to Sherk Street in the Municipality of Leamington.
The first step in the Class EA process is to complete background studies including:
traffic analysis (safety/collision data, future traffic growth, turning lane requirements, etc.)
a review of existing and planned land uses in the study area
natural environment inventories
This information is used to fully understand the problems and opportunities in the study area and to develop alternative solutions to address them.
A summary of this information and the alternative solutions will be presented at an upcoming public meeting. Notices of the meeting will be published in the local newspaper and mailed to those on our mailing list. Please email the project team if you would like to be added to the mailing list.
Class EA Process
The planning and design of municipal infrastructure projects that have the potential to affect the environment must meet the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The term environment includes the natural, socio-economic, cultural and constructed environments.
Many municipal road projects are similar in nature and have predictable environmental effects that can be avoided or mitigated. The Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) has defined a planning and design process known as a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) that must be followed by the County before improvements can be made to County Road 20.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recognizes the Municipal Class EA process as meeting the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.
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