Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process
The planning and design of municipal infrastructure projects must meet the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, which is a provincially legislated document that governs all public undertakings that have the potential to affect the environment. In this sense, the term "environment" is broadly applied to include the natural, social, cultural, constructed and economic environments. The Environmental Assessment Act essentially defines a planning and design process that proponents of projects must follow to ensure that all environmental impacts are considered, and any effects appropriately mitigated, before their project is implemented.
Many projects related to municipal water supply, sanitary sewerage and transportation systems are similar in nature, are carried out routinely, and have predictable and mitigable environmental effects. In order to facilitate the undertaking of such routine municipal projects, the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) has defined a simplified planning and design process known as a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.
In general, the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process categorizes proposed municipal projects according to their anticipated environmental impact, and calls for increasingly stringent review requirements as the magnitude of the anticipated environmental impact increases. The Ministry of the Environment has formally recognized the Municipal Class EA process as meeting the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, and the MEA has issued a comprehensive document to detail the process.
City of Dryden Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan/ Master Plan (2005)
The City of Dryden (City) completed a Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan for the City and surrounding study area in 2005. The City initiated this comprehensive review of the City’s municipal infrastructure in 2003 to allow the City to plan and budget for the required upgrading or expansion of the municipal infrastructure systems over the next 16 years. The result of this review is the Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan which is also referred to as the Master Plan.
The Study incorporates the following:
• Land use projections to 2020.
• Water, wastewater and drainage infrastructure requirements to 2020.
• Water, wastewater and drainage servicing plans for currently unserviced areas.
• Budget projections for infrastructure upgrading.
• Amendments to the City Official Plan.
• The Final Report which is web-enabled for use by the public and potential investors in the City.
Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan/ Master Plan.pdf
Addendum - Ministry of Environment (MOE) comments on Master Plan - April 08/2008 .pdf
Proposed City of Dryden Replacement Sewage Treatment Plant
Class EA - Schedule 'C'
Proposed Sewage Treatment Plant - Public Information Center #5 Slide Presentation.pdf
Notice of Completion of Environmental Study Report for City of Dryden Sewage Treatment Plant.pdf
In accordance with the requirements of Phases 3 and 4 of the approved Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process (Schedule C), an Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been completed. This report documents the planning process followed to arrive at the preferred solution for a replacement sewage treatment plant (STP), as well as the anticipated environmental impacts and proposed mitigation measures associated with the project.
City of Dryden Proposed Replacement Sewage Treatment Plant Environmental Study Report.pdf
Norwill Industrial Park Expansion
Class EA - Schedule 'B'
This project includes the extension of water distribution mains, sanitary sewer mains, storm sewers and roads to service 14.9 hectares of land to be Zoned M1 Industrial.
Notice of Completion Norwill Industrial Park Expansion.pdf
Notice of Completion Norwill Industrial Park Expansion (Revised Feb 19 2010).pdf
The planning of this project has been conducted in accordance with the requirements of a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. Initial planning following Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) of future development in the community, including the Norwill Industrial Park Expansion, has previously been completed in the Master Plan entitled Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan Study. The Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan Study identifies the recommended infrastructure to service the future growth of the City while minimizing environmental impacts. Within the Land Use Implementation and Servicing Plan Study, the area designated North Central General Industrial) was identified for future industrial growth. The expansion of the Norwill Industrial Park is the preferred solution to meet the immediate needs of the community.
Project File Container below - Norwill Industrial Park Expansion