Item - 2018.EX34.5

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 22, 2018 without amendments and without debate.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on May 14, 2018 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on May 22, 2018.

EX34.5 - Scarborough Waterfront Project - Environmental Assessment and Next Steps

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
36 - Scarborough Southwest, 43 - Scarborough East, 44 - Scarborough East

City Council Decision

City Council on May 22, 23 and 24, 2018, adopted the following:  

 

1.  City Council endorse the submission of the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment and Preferred Alternative to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for formal review.

 

2.  City Council authorize the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to submit the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

 

3.  City Council authorize the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, in consultation with the City Manager, to pursue eligible funding program opportunities from the provincial and federal government for the Scarborough Waterfront Project that would not compromise funding opportunities for other City Council identified infrastructure priorities.

 

4.  City Council authorize the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to advance to Stage 2 Work Plan, and request the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to report to the Executive Committee with preliminary costing for Segment design and implementation, subject to a favourable decision from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

 

5.  City Council request that the cost estimates for the erosion control components, multi-use trail, and the waterfront access, along with any funding eligibility criteria be provided by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority as part of the completed stage-gate 3 class 3 costing and detailed design of each of the three Segments.

 

6.  City Council request the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, in consultation with appropriate City staff, to:

 

a.  maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey;

 

b.  explore ways to protect existing wave conditions; and

 

c.  include public amenities such accessible washroom facilities, through continued engagement of interested stakeholders during the detailed design process,

 

in accordance with the commitments made within the Environmental Assessment, as part of the next stage of design and in keeping with the key Objectives and commitments of the Environmental Assessment.

 
7. City Council direct the Chief Financial Officer and the City Manager to work with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to explore partnership funding opportunities, such as federal and provincial contributions to the Project, to accomplish the objectives as outlined in Part 6 above.

 

8.  City Council request the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, as part of the City's budget process, to make its first funding priority the West Segment of the Project, in particular the public safety issues related to the necessity for Brimley Road South to be reconstructed, subject to a favourable decision from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Background Information (Committee)

(May 14, 2018) Presentation from the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-115048.pdf
(May 1, 2018) Report from the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on Scarborough Waterfront Project - Environmental Assessment and Next Steps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114704.pdf
Attachment 1 - Project Study Area Map
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114847.pdf
Attachment 2 - Shoreline Erosion Diagram
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114848.pdf
Attachment 3 - Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Scarborough Waterfront Project Summary, including Segment Maps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114849.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 6, 2018) E-mail from Nicole Conboy (EX.Supp.EX34.5.1)
(April 26, 2018) Letter from Jennifer McKelvie, President, Scarborough Community Renewal Organization; Ron Wootton, President, Coronation Community Association of West Hill; Jim Whitney, President, Guildwood Village Community Association; David Adamson, President, Highland Creek Community Association; Kevin Narraway, President, West Rouge Community Association; and Kathy Rowe, President, Centennial Community and Recreation Association (EX.Supp.EX34.5.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-80247.pdf
(May 8, 2018) Letter from Roy Wright, President, Save Grey Abbey Beach (EX.Supp.EX34.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-80251.pdf
(February 15, 2018) Letter from M. Jane Fairburn (EX.Supp.EX34.5.4)
(May 9, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange (EX.Supp.EX34.5.5)
(May 9, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (EX.Supp.EX34.5.6)
(May 9, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (EX.Supp.EX34.5.7)
(May 10, 2018) Letter from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (EX.Supp.EX34.5.8)
(May 11, 2018) Submission from Jennifer Falvy, Friends of the Bluffs (EX.Supp.EX34.5.9)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Jennifer Falvy, Friends of the Bluffs (EX.Supp.EX34.5.10)
(May 11, 2018) Submission from M. Jane Fairburn and Kathleen Gillis (EX.Supp.EX34.5.11)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Jane Fairburn (EX.Supp.EX34.5.12)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Pavlovich (EX.Supp.EX34.5.13)
(May 11, 2018) Submission from Jennifer Falvy (EX.Supp.EX34.5.14)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Sherry-Lynn Adams (EX.Supp.EX34.5.15)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Kathleen Gillis (EX.Supp.EX34.5.16)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Steve Smith (EX.Supp.EX34.5.17)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from MJ Wass, Alliance for Protection of Environmentally Significant/Sensitive Areas (APESA) (EX.Supp.EX34.5.18)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Reta Sagadore (EX.Supp.EX34.5.19)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Christine Pavlovich (EX.Supp.EX34.5.20)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Gerard T. Arbour (EX.Supp.EX34.5.21)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Neda Shakeri (EX.Supp.EX34.5.22)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Paul and Frances Pavlovich (EX.New.EX34.5.23)
(May 12, 2018) E-mail from Ben Mounsey (EX.New.EX34.5.24)
(May 12, 2018) E-mail from Rafael Pacquing (EX.New.EX34.5.25)
(May 12, 2018) E-mail from Janna Van Hoof (EX.New.EX34.5.26)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Tracy Horvath, The Wild Bluffs (EX.New.EX34.5.27)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Daniela Dumas (EX.New.EX34.5.28)
(May 14, 2018) Submission from Barbara Woloszczuk (EX.New.EX34.5.29)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Andrea Macina (EX.New.EX34.5.30)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Anne De la Franier (EX.New.EX34.5.31)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Denise Grosdanof (EX.New.EX34.5.32)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Leslie Jennings (EX.New.EX34.5.33)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Karen Yukich (EX.New.EX34.5.34)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Carlos Bolullo (EX.New.EX34.5.35)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Niamh Rafter and Mary McIntyre Rafter (EX.New.EX34.5.36)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from May Dowling (EX.New.EX34.5.37)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Shauna Kirk (EX.New.EX34.5.38)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Peter Makowchik (EX.New.EX34.5.39)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Miryana Golubovich (EX.New.EX34.5.40)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Alejandra Perdomo, Trevor Dunn and Rio Dunn Perdomo (EX.New.EX34.5.41)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Beau R. Lukes (EX.New.EX34.5.42)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Shazia Mazhar (EX.New.EX34.5.43)
(May 14, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange (EX.New.EX34.5.44)
(May 14, 2018) Submission from William F. Sheehan (EX.New.EX34.5.45)

EX34.5 - Scarborough Waterfront Project - Environmental Assessment and Next Steps

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
36 - Scarborough Southwest, 43 - Scarborough East, 44 - Scarborough East

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:  

 

1.  City Council endorse the submission of the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment and Preferred Alternative to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for formal review.

 

2.  City Council authorize the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to submit the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

 

3.  City Council authorize the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, in consultation with the City Manager, to pursue eligible funding program opportunities from the provincial and federal government for the Scarborough Waterfront Project that would not compromise funding opportunities for other City Council identified infrastructure priorities.

 

4.  City Council authorize the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to advance to Stage 2 Work Plan, and request the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to report to the Executive Committee with preliminary costing for Segment design and implementation, subject to a favourable decision from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

 

5.  City Council request that the cost estimates for the erosion control components, multi-use trail, and the waterfront access, along with any funding eligibility criteria be provided by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority as part of the completed stage-gate 3 class 3 costing and detailed design of each of the three Segments.

 

6.  City Council request the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, in consultation with appropriate City staff, to:

 

a.  maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey;

 

b.  explore ways to protect existing wave conditions; 

 

c.  include public amenities such accessible washroom facilities, through continued engagement of interested stakeholders during the detailed design process,

 

in accordance with the commitments made within the Environmental Assessment (EA), as part of the next stage of design and in keeping with the key Objectives and commitments of the Environmental Assessment.

 
7. City Council direct the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the City Manager to work with Toronto Region Conservation Authority to explore partnership funding opportunities, such as federal and provincial contributions to the Project, to accomplish the objectives as outlined in Recommendation 6 above.

 

8.  City Council request Toronto Region Conservation Authority as part of the City's budget process to make its first funding priority the West Segment of the Project, in particular the public safety issues related to the necessity for Brimley Road South to be reconstructed, subject to a favourable decision from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Chief Executive Officer and the Waterfront Specialist, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority gave a presentation on Scarborough Waterfront Environmental Assessment.

Origin

(May 1, 2018) Report from the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Summary

This report provides the results of the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment (EA) completed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto; and seeks Council authority for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to submit the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for approval, in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

 

The Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment was initiated to study the feasibility of creating a system of publicly accessible and safe greenspaces along the Lake Ontario shoreline, between Bluffer’s Park and East Point Park which respects and protects the significant natural and cultural features of the Scarborough Bluffs (see Attachment 1). 

 

The Scarborough Waterfront Project is an Individual Environmental Assessment pursuant to the Environmental Assessment Act and Ontario Regulation 334. Through consultation with City of Toronto staff, a Terms of Reference for the Scarborough Waterfront Project Individual Environmental Assessment was developed for review and approval by Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The Terms of Reference was approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on December 15, 2015.  The resultant Draft Environmental Assessment was available for public and agency comment from August 17 to October 2 2017.  Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is now seeking authorization to submit the final Environmental Assessment to Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for review and approval.

 

The Scarborough Waterfront Project is an opportunity to comprehensively plan for improvements to and management of this area of the Scarborough waterfront, given the pressures on the recreational use of the area, the limited access to and along the waterfront and risks to public safety, while also providing an opportunity to manage and, where possible, enhance habitat integrity. Some of these issues could be solved on a piecemeal or ad hoc basis through current or future City Divisional projects, but this would not permit a holistic and integrated solution and would likely result in inefficiencies. The Scarborough Waterfront Project is a City-wide Project that allows for a coordinated approach across multiple City Divisions, in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to collaboratively manage these issues with an integrated solution.

 

The planned scope of this Project includes shoreline erosion control and shoreline treatments for habitat creation, infrastructure protection, water quality improvements as well as nature-based recreation and a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists along an 11 kilometre-long stretch of shoreline. Due to the size of the Project Study Area and long length of shoreline considered, the Project Study Area was divided into three shoreline Segments (West, Central and East) to facilitate the 'Alternative Methods' development and evaluation process. This allowed for the selection of Segment-based Preferred Alternatives, and ultimately an overall Preferred Alternative, that meet the Project Vision and Objectives.    

 

Consultation was a core principle of the Scarborough Waterfront Project, with consultation activities initiated early in the process that engaged with a range of interested stakeholders through a variety of forums and avenues. In response to public, agency and stakeholder consultation, the Preferred Alternative was refined to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed shoreline protection, with further enhancements to the aquatic habitat; increase the length of sand shoreline maintained; and minimize the size of cobble required along the proposed cobble beaches.

 

This report provides preliminary costs based solely on the work completed through the Environmental Assessment process to complete each Segment to support discussions regarding the cost allocation to each Segment of work. This Project will follow a longer capital planning and approval process and further costing analysis to be undertaken through the detailed design will support development of a Class 3 cost estimate (i.e., based on 30 percent or greater design at stage gate 3). As the Preferred Alternative presented in the Environmental Assessment is at a conceptual level of detail, detailed design is required before Project costs can be refined further. Any cost figures used prior to the completion of this due diligence work are for the purposes of addressing the scope and magnitude of work to be undertaken.

 

The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will report back to City Council on an updated cost estimate and a financing strategy according to funding eligibility as part of stage gate 3, after the final decision from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is received.

Background Information

(May 14, 2018) Presentation from the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-115048.pdf
(May 1, 2018) Report from the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on Scarborough Waterfront Project - Environmental Assessment and Next Steps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114704.pdf
Attachment 1 - Project Study Area Map
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114847.pdf
Attachment 2 - Shoreline Erosion Diagram
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114848.pdf
Attachment 3 - Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Scarborough Waterfront Project Summary, including Segment Maps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114849.pdf

Communications

(May 6, 2018) E-mail from Nicole Conboy (EX.Supp.EX34.5.1)
(April 26, 2018) Letter from Jennifer McKelvie, President, Scarborough Community Renewal Organization; Ron Wootton, President, Coronation Community Association of West Hill; Jim Whitney, President, Guildwood Village Community Association; David Adamson, President, Highland Creek Community Association; Kevin Narraway, President, West Rouge Community Association; and Kathy Rowe, President, Centennial Community and Recreation Association (EX.Supp.EX34.5.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-80247.pdf
(May 8, 2018) Letter from Roy Wright, President, Save Grey Abbey Beach (EX.Supp.EX34.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-80251.pdf
(February 15, 2018) Letter from M. Jane Fairburn (EX.Supp.EX34.5.4)
(May 9, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange (EX.Supp.EX34.5.5)
(May 9, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (EX.Supp.EX34.5.6)
(May 9, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (EX.Supp.EX34.5.7)
(May 10, 2018) Letter from Sherri Lange and Michael Spencley (EX.Supp.EX34.5.8)
(May 11, 2018) Submission from Jennifer Falvy, Friends of the Bluffs (EX.Supp.EX34.5.9)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Jennifer Falvy, Friends of the Bluffs (EX.Supp.EX34.5.10)
(May 11, 2018) Submission from M. Jane Fairburn and Kathleen Gillis (EX.Supp.EX34.5.11)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Jane Fairburn (EX.Supp.EX34.5.12)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Pavlovich (EX.Supp.EX34.5.13)
(May 11, 2018) Submission from Jennifer Falvy (EX.Supp.EX34.5.14)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Sherry-Lynn Adams (EX.Supp.EX34.5.15)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Kathleen Gillis (EX.Supp.EX34.5.16)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Steve Smith (EX.Supp.EX34.5.17)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from MJ Wass, Alliance for Protection of Environmentally Significant/Sensitive Areas (APESA) (EX.Supp.EX34.5.18)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Reta Sagadore (EX.Supp.EX34.5.19)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Christine Pavlovich (EX.Supp.EX34.5.20)
(May 11, 2018) Letter from Gerard T. Arbour (EX.Supp.EX34.5.21)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Neda Shakeri (EX.Supp.EX34.5.22)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Paul and Frances Pavlovich (EX.New.EX34.5.23)
(May 12, 2018) E-mail from Ben Mounsey (EX.New.EX34.5.24)
(May 12, 2018) E-mail from Rafael Pacquing (EX.New.EX34.5.25)
(May 12, 2018) E-mail from Janna Van Hoof (EX.New.EX34.5.26)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Tracy Horvath, The Wild Bluffs (EX.New.EX34.5.27)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Daniela Dumas (EX.New.EX34.5.28)
(May 14, 2018) Submission from Barbara Woloszczuk (EX.New.EX34.5.29)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Andrea Macina (EX.New.EX34.5.30)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Anne De la Franier (EX.New.EX34.5.31)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Denise Grosdanof (EX.New.EX34.5.32)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Leslie Jennings (EX.New.EX34.5.33)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Karen Yukich (EX.New.EX34.5.34)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Carlos Bolullo (EX.New.EX34.5.35)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Niamh Rafter and Mary McIntyre Rafter (EX.New.EX34.5.36)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from May Dowling (EX.New.EX34.5.37)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Shauna Kirk (EX.New.EX34.5.38)
(May 13, 2018) E-mail from Peter Makowchik (EX.New.EX34.5.39)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Miryana Golubovich (EX.New.EX34.5.40)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Alejandra Perdomo, Trevor Dunn and Rio Dunn Perdomo (EX.New.EX34.5.41)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Beau R. Lukes (EX.New.EX34.5.42)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Shazia Mazhar (EX.New.EX34.5.43)
(May 14, 2018) Submission from Sherri Lange (EX.New.EX34.5.44)
(May 14, 2018) Submission from William F. Sheehan (EX.New.EX34.5.45)

Speakers

William F. Sheehan
Roy Wright
Barbara Woloszczuk
Andrea Woloszczuk
Gerard T. Arbour
Sherri Lange, Toronto Wind Action
Robin Pacquing
Mark Mattson, President, Lake Ontario Water Keeper
Jane Fairburn
Honourable David Crombie, Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Deepak Mathur, Wild Bluffs
Christopher Winsor, Highland Yacht Club
Pam Erickson
Penn Penev
Mike Sandusky, Surf Ontario
May Dowling
Emily Jane Daigle
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gary Crawford (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, in consultation with appropriate City staff, to:

 

a. maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey;

 

b. explore ways to protect existing wave conditions; 

 

c. include public amenities such as accessible washroom facilities, through continued engagement of interested stakeholders during the detailed design process,

 

in accordance with the commitments made within the Environmental Assessment (EA), as part of the next stage of design and in keeping with the key Objectives and commitments of the EA.

 
2. City Council direct the Chief Financial Officer and the City Manager to work with Toronto Region Conservation Authority to explore partnership funding opportunities, such as federal and provincial contributions to the Project, to accomplish the objectives as outlined in Recommendation 1.

 

3. Subject to a favourable decision from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), City Council request Toronto Region Conservation Authority as part of the City's budget process to make its first funding priority the West Segment of the Project, in particular the public safety issues related to the necessity for Brimley Road South to be reconstructed.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-14-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 10 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Stephen Holyday, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory (Chair)

2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-14-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 10 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Stephen Holyday, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory (Chair)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council