(LEAMINGTON, ON) – In July of 2015, Leamington initiated a review of its sanitary sewer servicing strategy, including an environmental assessment. The review identified the need to extend the current sanitary trunk sewer to include lands north of Highway 3, up to Mersea Road 11.
The proposed sewer will service currently approved growth areas within the study area, in addition to greenhouses and residential properties up to the boundary of Mersea Road 11. Recognizing the significant change in scope and potential stakeholder interests, Leamington has decided to initiate a new environment planning process rather than an addendum.
The study is being conducted in accordance with the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class EA guidelines. It will look at servicing alternatives inside and outside of existing road allowances, in addition to existing and future utility corridors.
The EA process includes public consultation, evaluation of alternative solutions, an assessment of the effects of the project, and development of mitigation measures to reduce potential impacts.
Input from the public is important to the study. A public information centre for the environmental assessment is scheduled for May 16, from 1pm to 4:30pm and again from 5:30pm until 8:30pm, at the Leamington Lebanese Club on Highway 77.
The sessions will be conducted in an open house format with display material and study documentation available for review. Leamington staff and AECOM will present feasible alternatives, answer questions, and discuss the next steps in the process.
A short presentation followed by questions and answers will be held at 1:30pm and 6pm.
A report will be prepared to document the planning process and a notice of filing will be placed in the local newspapers as well as sent to those who sign up for the study mailing list.