Public Input Session to present Transportation Master Plan recommendations and next steps – Dec. 3, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Posted on Thursday November 19, 2020

Since fall of 2017, the City of St. Catharines has been working on developing a new Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to guide the future of transportation with long-term goals of community resilience, growth, health and environmental sustainability. This TMP will provide the foundations and tools to help City staff proactively plan for the anticipated “future” of the City and support infrastructure implementation, behavior change and policy directions.

The TMP is being completed under the master plan requirements of Approach One of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process. By fulfilling these Phases, several of the proposed infrastructure projects will be considered “pre-approved” under the new MCEA requirements and would move onto Phases Three through Five of the process (as needed) for design confirmation and construction; whereas some may require additional investigation and assessment.

Master Plan Approach One requires – at a minimum – two points of engagement with members of the public and stakeholders. There has been several consultation and engagement activities hosted to collect feedback and input to inform key project outcomes. We have used input gathered from interactive online engagement tools, engagement pop-ups at Brock University, working sessions with internal and external stakeholders and public input sessions to shape the TMP vision and objectives and to review and confirm potential transportation improvement alternatives.

We are hosting our final round of engagement!

The TMP report has been drafted, recommendations have been identified and we are ready to present these findings to the community and gather your input.

Our project webpage has been updated to include more information about the status of the project and the work completed to date, we encourage you to learn more about our new TMP and the exciting next steps at www.engageSTC.ca/TMP.

To help share information about the project and present the TMP recommendations and next steps, we will be hosting a public session on December 3, 2020. The session will begin with a presentation, followed by an opportunity to ask questions to the project team. Due to COVID-19 protocols, this meeting will be an electronic meeting, affording both telephone and electronic participation. Please note that in-person participation is not permitted at this time.

Details of the Public Information Session

Please note: This is not a meeting of council but an opportunity for the TMP project team to communicate draft recommendations to the public and receive input. Input from the public following this meeting will be used to inform potential refinements to the draft recommendations and to identify key considerations that should be addressed prior to finalizing the TMP and bringing it forward to Council for adoption in early 2021.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Meeting will be held electronically via Zoom and streamed to YouTube. Visit www.engageSTC.ca/TMP for information on how to access and participate in the meeting.

 Following the public session, we will be launching our second survey to gather input on the draft recommendations. The survey will be available starting on Dec. 3, 2020 and will be available until Jan. 8, 2021. The survey will be hosted at www.engageSTC.ca/TMP and promoted through social media and other information sharing avenues.  If you prefer to complete the survey in an alternate manner, please contact one of the project representatives.

If you have any questions or would like to provide your feedback in an alternate manner, please contact either Brian Applebee or Steve Bittner to discuss your preferences and the options that can be provided:

Contact

Brian Applebee (St. Catharines, Manager of Transportation Services)

Tel: 905.688.5601 x1659; TTY:905.688.4TTY (4889); Email: bapplebee@stcatharines.ca

Steve Bittner (St. Catharines, Transportation Technologist)

Tel: 905.688.5601 x1663; TTY: 905.688.4TTY (4889);Email: sbittner@stcatharines.ca

Brett Sears (WSP)

Tel: 289-982-4752; Email: brett.sears@wsp.com

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