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FAQs

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers.

  1. In what way are the City-wide Infrastructure Master Plans integrated with the GRIDS process?
  2. What study process will the City-wide Infrastructure Master Plans follow?
  3. What is the purpose of the Water and Wastewater Master Plan?
  4. What is the purpose of the Transportation Master Plan?
  5. What is the purpose of the Stormwater Master Plan?
  6. What is the timeframe for the Master Plans?
  7. What are the timelines for completion of the City-wide Infrastructure Master Plans?
    In response to the need to develop a strategy for the City to grow and prosper in the future, the City has initiated the Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy. GRIDS is a unique planning process which will determine where future growth will occur in the City over the next 25 to 30 years. Specifically, this process will:
    • Identify growth scenarios
    • Evaluate infrastructure requirements
    • Assess Financial Implications
    • Identify the preferred growth scenario for the City by considering social/cultural, economic and environmental implications

    This Planning process is being co-ordinated under the title Building a Strong Foundation (BASF) to ensure that sustainable thinking prevails in decisions pertaining to the City’s future. The BASF process has developed 9 strategic directions that will be used to guide growth related decisions. As part of this integrated planning process, three infrastructure master plans have been initiated that will develop servicing strategies to accommodate growth for the next 30 years. Growth Scenarios will be developed and assessed with respect to impact on transportation, stormwater and water/wastewater servicing. The diagram below shows the inter-raltationship between the GRIDS and Master Plan processes.



    Each Master Plan will follow a 3-staged sutdy process. Stage 1 will involve the development of a “baseline” study to inventory the existing systems, including the identification of opportunities & constraints. Stage 2 will involve the development of principles or policies to guide development of the master plan. Stage 3 will include the development of 3 master plans for water/wastewater, storm water and transportation servicing to address the servicing needs for future growth.

    Each Master Plans will:

    Develop a recommended implementation program for the preferred alternatives in the master plan, including associated funding implications and strategy.

    • Provide opportunities for input from all stakeholders
    • Ensure a holistic look at water/wastewater, storm water and transportation servicing

    • Follow the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process, including application of the following key principles of successful environmental assessment planning:
    1. Consultation with potentially affected parties (i.e. review agencies, other municipalities, public, interest groups and property owners) early on and throughout the master planning process so as to foster a cooperative process;
    2. Identification and consideration of all reasonable and feasible alternatives;
    3. Identification and consideration of the effects of each alternative on all aspects of the environment;
    4. Systematic evaluation of the alternatives in terms of their advantages and disadvantages to determine their net environmental (natural, social and economic) impacts including the consideration of appropriate mitigating measures; and
    5. Provision of clear and complete documentation of the master planning study processes to provide a traceable decision making process.

    The following diagram illustrates the study process.

     


    The City is undertaking a Water and Wastewater Master Plan that will form the servicing strategy for the design and operation of the City’s lake based water/wastewater systems to the year 2035. City staff will use the master plan to guide and support:

    • Official Plan reviews;
    • Development Charge Bylaw reviews;
    • Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS), the City's long range strategic planning study;
    • Preparation of capital works and operating budgets; and
    • Final design of the preferred solutions to address the needs of the City.

    The objectives of the Integrated Water/Wastewater Master Plan are to:

    • Inventory the existing water and wastewater network and treatment facilities (refer to Appendix B for a Data Library Index);
    • To utilize water and wastewater system hydraulic models in the analysis of the wastewater collection and water distribution systems in the selection of preferred servicing solutions;
    • Incorporate existing plant optimization studies and analyse the existing underground infrastructure to determine and document existing capacity and capabilities;
    • Identify the City’s water/wastewater infrastructure needs to the year 2035;
    • Develop a preferred set of solutions capable of addressing the City’s water/wastewater infrastructure needs to the year 2035; and,
    • Apply the key principals of successful environmental assessment planning.

    The City is undertaking a Transportoion Master Plan that will form the servicing strategy for the design and operation of the City’s lake based City’s Transportation network for the next 30 years. City staff will use the master plan to guide and support:
    • Development of the new City Official Plan;
    • Development Charge Bylaw reviews;
    • Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS), the City's long term growth management planning study;
    • Preparation of capital works and operating budgets; and
    • Final design of the preferred solutions to address the needs of the City.

    The objectives of the Transportation Master Plan are to:

    • Update population and review calibration reports to identify network constraints and opportunities.
    • Integrate the developed sets of policy recommendations into the potential scenarios for evaluation.
    • Develop a Transportation management program for the City to deal with present development and future development, that ensures the quality of the environment (natural, social and economic).
    • Identify system requirements based on preliminary and final GRIDS growth scenarios.
    • The City’s Transportation infrastructure needs for the year 2035;
    • A preferred set of solutions capable of addressing the City’s Transportation network needs to the year 2035;
    • Apply the key principles of successfull environmental assessment planning.
    • Develop a recommended implementation program for the preferred alternatives in the transportation master plan, including associated funding implications and strategy.
    • Develop a monitoring plan for the recommended program and for the existing network.

    The City is undertaking a City-wide master planning study utilizing the Class Environmental Assessment process to develop a master plan that will provide strategies for servicing and develop management guidance for the City’s Stormwater systems for the next 30 years. City staff will use the master plan to guide and support:

    • Development of the new City Official Plan;
    • Development Charge Bylaw reviews;
    • Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS), the City’s long term growth management planning study;
    • Preparation of capital works and operating budgets; and
    • Final design of the preferred solutions to address the needs of the City

    The principle objectives of the stormwater master plan are to:
    • Study and review existing storm sewer infrastructure and operating strategies to identify system upgrades.
    • Establish appropriate stormwater management practices to maintain/ enhance the existing stream system water quality.
    • Develop a stormwater quality management program for the City (other than for lower Stoney Creek, which has recently been completed as part of a separate Master Plan).
    • Identify system requirements based on preliminary and final GRIDS growth scenarios.
    • Identify the preferred alternatives through consultation with potentially affected parties and systematic and comprehensive evaluation of the alternatives in terms of their advantages and disadvantages.
    • Apply the key principles of successfull environmental assessment planning.
    • Develop a recommended implementation program for the preferred alternatives in the master plan.
    • Develop a monitoring plan for the recommended program and for the existing system.

    The Master Plans will set out long term servicing strategies for the City, for the next 25 to 30 year period.

    Once complete, the Master Plans will be reviewed periodically (e.g. every 5 years), inclduing a reivew of the planning and design process undertaken and the environmental settings to ensure that the projects proposed and mitigation measures are still valid given the current planning context.


    The City-wide Infrastructure Master Plans study process will run concurrently with, and will be integrated with, the overall GRIDS study process. The following is a summary of expected timelines for completion:

    Short List of Growth Options and Infrastructure Master Plan Public Information Centre 2

    • Council workshops – October/November 2005
    • Committee of the Whole – November, 2005
    • Public Information Centres – late November, 2005

    Analysis of Feedback on Short List of Growth Options and Infrastructure Master Plan Public Information Centre 2

    • November, 2005

    Preferred Growth Option and Infrastructure Master Plan Public Information Centre 3

    • Development of preferred Growth Option – November, 2005
    • Documentation and analysis of preferred Growth Option – December, 2005 to January, 2006
    • Council workshop – early February, 2006
    • Committee of the Whole – late February, 2006
    • Public Information Centres – early March, 2006
    • Presentation of Preferred Growth Option and supporting documentation– Late March, 2006