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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.0 INTRODUCTION 1-1

1.1 STUDY AREA 1-1

1.2 STUDY BACKGROUND 1-4

1.2.1 Region of Ottawa-Carleton 's Transportation Master Plan 1-4

1.2.2 City of Kanata Official Plan 1-4

1.3 PARALLEL STUDIES 1-5

1.4 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS 1-5

1.5 PUBLIC CONSULTATION 1-7

1.5.1 Public Open House No. 1 1-8

1.5.2 Criteria Workshop 1-8

1.5.3 Public Open House No. 2 1-8

1.5.4 Summary of Public Comments 1- 9

2.0 PROJECT NEED AND JUSTIFICATION 2-1

2.1 EXISTING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM 2-1

2.1.1 Pedestrian Facilities 2-1

2.1.2 Cycling Facilities 2-1

2.1.3 Transit Facilities 2-1

2.1.4 Roadway Facilities 2-4

2.1.5 Existing Transportation Demand 2-6

2.2 TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS/ISSUES 2-6

2.3 PROBLEM STATEMENT 2-9

3.0 EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS 3-1

3.1 NATURAL ENVIRONMENT 3-1

3.1.1 Aquatic Environment 3-1

3.1.2 Terrestrial Environment 3-5

3.1.3 Surface' Water Drainage 3-9

3.2 SOCIO-ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 3-11

3.2.1 Agriculture 3-11

3.2.2 Archaeology 3-14

3.2.3 Heritage 3-15

3.2.4 Economic 3-16

3.2.5 Existing and Planned Land Use 3-17

3.2.6 Social 3-18

4.0 EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS 4-1

4.1 SUMMARY OF TMP PROCESS .4-1

4.1.1 Strategic Phase 4-1

4.1.2 Detailed Phase 4-2

4.2 CONFIRMATION OF TMP RECOMMENDATIONS .4-3

4.3 CONFIRMATION OF PREFERRED SOLUTION .4-7

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5.0 IDENTIFICATION OF ALTERNATIVE DESIGN CONCEPTS 5-1

5.1 DESIGN CRITERIA 5-1

5.2 ROADWAY SECTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES 5-1

5.2.1 Section 1: Eagleson Road to Fernbank Road 5-1

5.2.2 Section 2: Fernbank Road to Hazeldean Road 5-4

5.2.3 Section 3: Hazeldean Road to Campeau Drive 5-5

5.2.4 Section 4: Campeau Drive to Goulbourn Forced Road/Terry Fox Drive 5-6

5.2.5 Section 5: Goulbourn Forced Road/Terry Fox Drive to March Road 5-13

6.0 EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE DESIGN CONCEPTS 6-1

6.1 EVALUATIONCRITERIA 6-1

6.1.1 Relative Importance of Evaluation Criteria Groups 6-7

6.2 COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF SECTION 1 ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENTS 6-8

6.2.1 Evaluation Assumptions 6-8

6.2.2 Data Collection and Identification of Potential Impacts 6-8

6.2.3 Overall Evaluation of Alternative Alignments 6-8

6.3 COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF SECTION 4 ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENTS 6-13

6.3.1 Evaluation Assumptions 6-14

6.3.2 Data Collection and Identification of Potential Effects 6-15

6.3.3 Evaluation of Alternatives on a Criteria Group Basis 6-22

6.3.4 Overall Multi-Discipline Evaluation of Alternatives 6-27

7.0 PROJECT DESCRIPTION 7-1

7.1 SELECTED DESIGN 7-1

7.1.1 Preferred Alignment 7-1

7.1.2 Drainage and Stormwater Management 7-1

7.1.3 Watercourse Crossings 7-5

7.1.4 Construction Staging/Timing 7-5

7.1.5 Project Cost 7-6

7.2 PROJECT BENEFITS, IMPACTS AND PROPOSED MITIGATING MEASURES 7-6

7.2.1 Terrestrial Environment 7-11

7.2.2 Aquatic Environment 7-12

7.2.3 Surface Water 7-13

7.2.4 Agriculture : 7-14

7.2.5 Social 7-16

7.2.6 Noise 7-17

7.2.7 Planned Land Use and Future Communities 7-19

7.2.8 Cultural Resources 7-20

7.2.9 Businesses 7-22

7.3 APPROVALS REQUIRED 7-23

7 .4 APPROVALS OBTAINED 7-24

8.0 PREFERRED ALIGNMENT - FUNCTIONAL DESIGN 8-1

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LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1.1 - SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENTS AND RESPONSES 1-10

TABLE 2.1 - EXISTING TRAFFIC DATA SOURCES 2-6

TABLE 3.1- FISHERIES INVESTIGATIONS FOR TERRY FOX DRIVE CLASS EA 3-4

TABLE 3.2 - SOILS OF THE TERRY FOX DRIVE STUDY AREA 3-6

TABLE 6.1- CRITERIA, INDICATORS AND DATA SOURCES 6-2

TABLE 6.2 - DATA COLLECTED, POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND RANKINGS

FOR SECTION 1 OF TERRY FOX DRIVE 6-9

TABLE 6.3 - SUMMARY OF RANKING OF ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENT FOR SECTION 1 6-11

TABLE 6.4 - DATA COLLECTED, POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND RANKINGS

FOR SECTION 4 OF TERRY FOX DRIVE 6-16

TABLE 6.5 - SUMMARY OF RANKING OF ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENTS FOR SECTION 4 6-27

TABLE 7.1- PROPOSED CROSS-SECTIONS FOR TERRY FOX DRIVE EXTENSIONIWIDENING 7-2

TABLE 7.2 - ASSESSMENT OF IMPACTS AND PROPOSED MITIGATIONIFUTURE WORK 7-7

TABLE 7.3 - PREDICTED DAYTIME NOISE LEVELS SUMMARY 7-18

LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1.1 - STUDY AREA

FIGURE 1.2 - EVALUATION SECTIONS

FIGURE 1.3 - FLOW CHART OF PLANNING PROCESS FOR MUNICIPAL CLASS EA PROJECTS FIGURE 2.1 - REGIONAL PEDESTRIAN NETWORK

FIGURE 2.2 - REGIONAL CYCLING NETWORK

FIGURE 2.3 - EXISTING TRAFFIC VOLUMES (1997)- NORTH AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 417 FIGURE 2.4 - EXISTING TRAFFIC VOLUMES (1997) - HIGHWAY 417/TERRY FOX DRIVE

INTERCHANGE

FIGURE 3.1 - NATURAL ENVIRONMENT EXISTING CONDITIONS FIGURE 3.2 - SOCIO-ECONOMIC EXISTING CONDITIONS

FIGURE 4.1 - 2021 PM PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC VOLUMES - EAGLESON ROADIHOPE SIDE ROAD TO HWY 417

FIGURE 4.2 - 2021 PM PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC VOLUMES - PERIMETER ARTERIAL AND INTERNAL COLLECTOR OPTION

FIGURE 4.3 - 2021 PM PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC VOLUMES - INTERNAL ARTERIAL OPTION FIGURE 5.1- RECOMMENDED ALIGNMENT - SECTION 1 ALTERNATIVES

FIGURE 5.2 - ALTERNATIVE 4.1

FIGURE 5.3 - ALTERNATIVE 4.2

FIGURE 5.4 -ALTERNATIVE 4.3A & B

FIGURE 7.1 - EFFECTS OF PREFERRED ALIGNMENT ON CARP RIVER FLOODPLAIN FIGURE 7.2 - EFFECTS OF PREFERRED ALIGNMENT ON RICHARDSON FARM

APPENDICES (under separate cover)

APPENDIX A - PUBLIC CONSULTATION MATERIALS APPENDIX B - GEOTECHNICAL REPORT

APPENDIX C - WILDLIFE WITHIN STUDY AREA APPENDIX D - OVERALL PLANNING CONTEXT APPENDIX E - NOISE ASSESSMENT REPORT APPENDIX F - COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE REPORTS

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INTRODUCTION

The Region of Ottawa-Carleton and the City of Kanata have completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the extension/widening of Terry Fox Drive from March Road to Eagleson Road. This study was undertaken to determine the alignment and cross-section for the extension of Terry Fox Drive north of Campeau Drive (Section 4) and south of Winchester Drive (Sections 1 & 2), and to identify widening requirements fOF existing Terry Fox Drive between Winchester Drive and Campeau Drive (Section 3). The EA for the section between Hazeldean Road and Fernbank Road (Section 2) has been previously undertaken by the City of Kanata and the results are incorporated in this study.

The" EA requirements for modifying the existing Terry Fox DrivelHighway 417 interchange, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario, were not addressed in this study. However, this EA study has taken into account the implications of widening the existing Highway 417 bridge structure in considering widening options for the existing section of Terry Fox Drive between Campeau Drive and Hazeldean Road.

The Terry Fox Drive EA Study was co-ordinated with the study processes and public consultation activities for the Kanata Official Plan Review, the Kanata North Urban Expansion Area Study, the Shirley's BrooklWatts Creek Subwatershed Study, and the Castlefrank Road OverpasslInterchange EA Study, all of which ran concurrently with all or portions of the Terry Fox Drive EA Study.

The selected design alternative, the impacts associated with this design and the proposed mitigation measures were presented to Regional Transportation Committee and Council, and the City of Kanata Council for their approval in March 2000. Following their approval, this ESR was prepared and filed for the mandatory 30 day period for public review to complete the Class EA process.

STUDY AREA

The study area for this project is illustrated in Figure E.1. The study area boundaries were:

• Terry Fox Drive/March Road in the north;

• Eagleson RoadIHope Side Road in the south;

• Carp River to the west; and

• Eagleson Road/March Road to the east.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS

The preferred functional alignment for the widening/extension of Terry Fox Drive was determined using a study process that follows the five (5) general principles of the Class EA process:

• consultation with members of the public;

• consideration of reasonable alternatives;

• consideration of aspects of the natural, social and economic environment;

• systematic evaluation of all net environmental effects; and

• complete (traceable and defensible) documentation of the decision-making process.

The widening/extension of Terry Fox Drive qualifies as a Schedule "C" project according to the Class EAfor Municipal Road Projects. Schedule C projects require the evaluation of planning alternatives and design alternatives (i.e. alignment/cross-section) and the preparation of an Environmental Study Report

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Kanata and Regional Official Plans both identify the Terry Fox Drive corridor from March Road to Eagleson Road as a second continuous north-south arterial road in addition to EaglesonlMarch Road.

The need for the widening/extension of Terry Fox Drive to create a continuous roadway from March Road (at the existing Terry Fox Drive) to Eagleson Road (at Hope Side Road) is driven by planned development. Without these proposed modifications, there will be both a north-south arterial roadway capacity deficiency and a north-south arterial roadway access deficiency by 2021. The extension of Terry Fox Drive between Campeau Drive and March Road is also identified as a specific requirement in the Kanata North Expansion Area. Within the overall 32,000 dwelling units allocated in the Region's Official Plan for Kanata as a whole, 3,100 dwelling units are expected to be located in the South March and Kanata North Expansion Areas. This EA Study has considered these planning assumptions.

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS

Alternative planning solutions to extending/widening Terry Fox Drive, considered in the TMP and this study included:

• Do Nothing;

• Transportation System Management (TSM)ffransportation Demand Management (TDM)

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• Traffic diversion to other roadways/correct deficiency elsewhere in the network;

• Roadway widenings;

• High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes;

• Alternate transportation modes; and

• New roadway.

Drawing on the work from the TMP, the preferred alternative solution to meet the capacity and access deficiencies includes a combination of TDMlTSM measures, improved transit, road widenings and a new roadway. A review of the current projections of traffic volumes in Kanata indicate that a new roadway is required between March Road and Campeau Drive and from Eagleson Road to Winchester Drive (an ESR has already been prepared and filed for the widening/extension of Terry Fox Drive between Hazeldean Road and Fernbank Road). Road widening was also identified as a requirement for the section from Campeau Drive to Winchester Drive.

DESIGN ALTERNATIVES

Although identified as' a continuous roadway from March Road to Eagleson Road, the need for modifications to Terry Fox Drive differed along the corridor. Based on the differing needs, the Terry Fox Drive corridor was divided into five sections as described below and illustrated in Figure E.2.

Section 1

Eagleson RoadIHope Side Road to Fembank Road

There is no existing road or Right-of-Way (ROW) in this section of Terry Fox Drive. This study identified and evaluated alignment alternatives for this section.

Section 2

Fernbank Road.to Hazeldean Road

An alignment for this section of Terry Fox Drive has been identified and approved through a previous Environmental Assessment (EA) (1991). Therefore, no alignment alternatives were considered for this section in this study. The proposed cross-section was reviewed and revised to be consistent with current Regional standards.

Section 3

This section of Terry Fox Drive is currently a two lane road (with wideniugs at

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intersections for tum lanes) within a defmed ROW. Potential alignment

alternatives were considered within the established ROW for future widening.

Section 4

Campeau Drive to Goulbourn Forced Road/Terry Fox Drive

There is no existing road alignment or ROW for this section of Terry Fox Drive. This study identified and evaluated alignment alternatives for this section.

Section 5

Goulboum Forced RoadlTerry Fox Drive toMarch Road

Terry Fox Drive is an existing two lane road within a defmed ROW. Alignment alternatives were considered within the established ROW for future widening.

Design alternatives, including cross-sections and alignment options, were developed in accordance with Regional and City policies and standards. Alignment alternatives for Sections 1 and 4 were evaluated based on eight criteria groups: Natural Environment; Agriculture; Social; Planned Land Use; Cultural Resources; Economics; Cost and Transportation Service. Each of the Criteria Groups were further subdivided into criteria and indicators. The alternative alignments for Sections 1 and 4, including the preferred alignment are illustrated in Figures 5.1 and 5.2 respectively.

For Section 1, the differences between the alternative alignments were not as significant due to the uniform characteristics of this portion of the study area. A paired comparison evaluation approach was used for the evaluation of Section 1 alternative alignments. Alternative 1-2 was identified as preferred for the following reasons:

• most consistent with the development concepts in the Region's Official Plan;

• lowest cost; and

• more preferred or equal to other alternatives for all other criteria groups.

Section 4 of the corridor was the most critical section for identifying and evaluating alignment alternatives, considering the nature of the terrain, environmentally sensitive features and land use planning considerations. Four alternatives were identified for Section 4:

• Alternative 4-1 parallels the Carp River Flood Plain;

• Alternative 4-2 for the most part traces the First Line Road alignment;

• Alternative 4-3 (with its minor variations 4-3A and 4-3B) lies closest to the existing Goulbourn Forced Road alignment.

These alternatives were also· evaluated using the Pair-Wise Comparison Method, which enabled the transparent comparison of alternatives. Alternative 4-1 was identified as the preferred alternative for the following reasons:

• minimizing community impacts by avoiding an arterial barrier through the future Marchwoodl

Lakeside community (as would be the case with Alternative 4-3 AlB);

• minimizing impacts of future residential communities;

• minimizing costs ($13.5M for 4-1, compared to $17.3M for 4-2 and $16.2M-$17.1M for 4-3); and

• maximizing transportation service, including potential for future capacity expansion.

The technically preferred alternatives were identified and presented to the public at the Second Open House, held on June 16, 1999. Following public input, a recommended alternative alignment evolved.

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(ESR). Although the need and planning alternatives were assessed and evaluated through the preparation of the Transportation Master Plan (fulfilling Class EA Phase 1· and 2 requirements), this work has been updated and re-confirmed in this study.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

A proactive and flexible approach to public and agency consultation was adopted in keeping with the needslinterests of stakeholders. The public consultation process included two Public Open Houses (February 25, 1998 and June 16, 1999), and a Criteria Workshop (May 7, 1998), which was held to obtain input on the evaluation approach, criteria and relative importance of criteria for evaluating alternative alignments. Technical Advisory Committee meetings, and circulation of materials to interest groups and review agencies were also undertaken. Many favourable comments regarding this project have been received during public consultation, both from area stakeholders and the residents of Kanata.

TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMSIISSUES

According to the Regional Official Plan, between 1995 and 2021, Kanata is forecasted to grow as follows:

• from 14,500 dwelling units to 32,000 dwelling units;

• from 58,000 to 115,000 in population; and

• from 14,500 to at least 35,000 jobs.

The transportation additions and network modifications identified in the Region's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) fOF the Kanata urban area required by 2021 include:

• the widening and extension of Terry Fox Drive;

• the construction of the Castlefrank Road overpass/partial interchange at Highway 417;

• the widening of Carling Avenue, Eagleson Road, Hazeldean Road, Campeau Drive, Katimavik Road, March Road and Highway 417.

Construction to all of these facilities are planned to be in place by 2021 to accommodate and service the population and employment growth anticipated in Kanata and to provide a level of transportation service that achieves all the objectives of the Region's Official Plan.

As Kanata has a primarily north-south orientation, the forecasted growth will create significant additional demands for north-south arterial roadway capacity. Much of the growth will be located northwest and southwest of existing communities, in areas that are currently undeveloped and, therefore, have no existing arterial road access to them.

Existing north-south arterial roadway capacity and access is provided by a single road: Eagleson RoadlMarch Road. This road is located along the eastern boundary of Kanata and will not provide sufficient access opportunities to the new growth areas. As well, much of Eagleson RoadlMarch Road is already developed to its ultimate width (sections of March Road have already been built to 6 lanes), providing limited opportunity to increase north-south arterial roadway capacity by widening this facility. The primary option for an additional north-south facility is Terry Fox Drive.

Terry Fox Drive is an existing north-south roadway that runs from south of Hazeldean Road (Winchester Drive) to Campeau Drive and has an interchange with Highway 417. The existing Terry Fox Drive is designated as an existing Regional arterial roadway from Hazeldean Road to Highway 417. The City of

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RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS

The following summarizes the recommended improvements for each of the sections of Terry Fox Drive. Preliminary Designs for each section have been prepared and are included in this ESR.

Section 1

Eagleson Road/Hope Side Road to Fernbank Drive

The preferred alternative for this section (Alternative 1-2) is a new roadway connecting Hope Side Road, at Eagleson Road, to Fernbank Road, at the planned intersection of Terry Fox Drive (as per the City of Kanata alignment for Section 2). Hope Side Road would be realigned to the north to meet Terry Fox Drive at Eagleson Road at approximately an 81 degree angle (this is consistent with development concepts east of Eagleson Road). This section of Terry Fox Drive would have a divided four (4) lane urban cross-section, a design speed of 90 km/h and a posted speed of 80 kmIh. It would have a sidewalk on the east side and bike lanes in both directions. The estimated cost for Section 1 is $3.3 million (in 1999$).

Section 2

Fernbank Road to Hazeldean Road

The preferred alignment for this section of Terry Fox Drive was identified and approved through a previous Environmental Assessment (EA). The existing ROW can accommodate a four lane widening as required. Minor changes are recommended to the previously approved cross-section to accommodate bicycle lanes and sidewalks as per the Region's current transportation policies. The estimated cost for Section 2 is $8.5 million (in 1999$).

Section 3

Hazeldean Road to Campeau Drive

This existing section of Terry Fox Drive is primarily a two-lane road with sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides. The preferred alternative for this section includes widening to a four lane arterial road with a divided urban cross-section. North of Palladium Drive, through the Highway 417 interchange. and the Kanata Centrum lands, additional auxiliary lanes will be required to accommodate turning movements. The following describes the proposed improvements within this section.

Hazeldean Road to Palladiwn One additional lane northbound and one additional lane southbound are

Drive / Katimavik Road

required to meet the 2021 demands. To avoid impact to the residential and commercial uses on the east side, the widening will occur to the west of the existing roadway on the unused portion of the 40m ROW.

Palladium Drive / Katirnavik Road to future intersection with Earl Grey Drive

A review of the bridge structure indicated that due to structural conditions, the existing bridge cannot be widened. Future capacity will be provided by either twinning the existing structure or providing a new multi-lane structure. Either alternatives can be accommodated without affecting the centreline of Terry Fox Drive south ofPalladiwn Drive / Katimavik Road or north of Earl Grey Drive.

Earl Grey Drive to Campeau Drive

No widening will be required, as Terry Fox Drive already has two (2) northbound and two (2) southbound lanes at this point. Turning lanes will be required at the Campeau Drive and Earl Grey Drive intersections.

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The costfor the modifications to Section 3 will be $3.3 million (in 1999$). This cost does not include the required modifications to the Highway 417 interchange bridge and its ramps, or the proposed gradeseparated connection to Kanata Centrum.

Section 4

Campeau Drive to Goulbourn Forced RoadlTerry Fox Drive

The preferred alignment for Section 4 parallels the Carp River Floodplain. It includes a four lane road with a divided urban cross-section between Campeau Drive and a new intersection with a realigned Richardson Side Road (south of existing Richardson Side Road). North of the new intersection with Richardson Side Road, Terry Fox Drive will be a two lane rural road between Richardson Side Road and Goulbourn Forced Road.

It should be noted that this alignment lies to the west of the current approximate westerly urban boundary shown in the Regional and Kanata Official Plans. Approval of the preferred alignments may lead to applications to allow development west of the existing urban boundary. Such applications will need to be justified considering the Provincial Policy Statement, the Regional Development Strategy, the significant environmental features of this area, and the Region's and Kanata's development projections and servicing capabilities during the current planning period.

Local road connections to Terry Fox Drive would be in keeping with the City of Kanata's planned road network for MarchwoodlLakeside. Direct driveway access to Terry Fox drive through Section 4 will be limited, in keeping with Regional policies for arterial roads. There would be sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides from Campeau to Richardson Side Road (new) and a sidewalk on the east side, and bike lanes on both sides from Richardson Side Road (new) to Goulbourn Forced Road.

The estimated cost for Section 4 is $13.5 million (in 1999$).

Section 5

Goulbourn Forced RoadlTerry Fox Drive to March Road

This is an existing section of Terry Fox Drive where a widening will be required. A four lane divided urban arterial road will be constructed by widening Terry Fox Drive to the south, maintaining the alignment of the recent reconstruction of the Terry Fox DrivelMarch Road intersection. It would include sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides. The widening will be accomplished by adding 5 m to the ROW from land that is available on the north side of the existing ROW. The estimated cost of the widening of Section 5 will be $1.8 million.

NEXT STEPS

To complete the requirements of the Class EA process, this EA was prepared and filed for the mandatory 30 day period for public review. During the 30 day review period, any person having concerns over the recommendations of the ESR may request that the project be "bumped up" to an individual environmental assessment. If no "bump-up" requests are received, then the recommended improvements included in the ESR are considered approved. Amendments to Schedule C1 and Schedule D1 of the Regional Official Plan will be required to define the new Terry Fox Drive alignment. Prior to construction, the Region will prepare a detailed design for all of the proposed improvements. Potentially effected residents, businesses and property owners will be kept informed during the design and constructions phases.

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INTRODUCTION

The Region of Ottawa-Carleton and the City of Kanata have completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the extension/widening of Terry Fox Drive from March Road to Eagleson Road (at Hope Side Road). This study was undertaken to determine the alignment and cross-section for the extension of Terry Fox Drive north of Campeau Drive and south of Winchester Drive, and to identify widening requirements for existing Terry Fox Drive between Winchester Drive and Campeau Drive. The EA for the section between Hazeldean Road and Fembank Road, has been previously undertaken by the City of Kanata and the results are incorporated in this study.

The EA requirements for modifying the existing Terry Fox DrivelHighway 417 interchange, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario, were not addressed in this study. However, this EA study has taken into account the implications of widening the existing Highway 417 bridge structure in considering widening options for the existing section of Terry Fox Drive between Campeau Drive and Hazeldean Road.

1.1 STUDY AREA

The defined study area for this project is illustrated in Figure 1.1. The study area boundaries were:

• Terry Fox DrivelMarch Road in the north;

• Eagleson RoadIHope Side Road in the south;

• Carp River to the west; and

• Eagleson RoadlMarch Road to the east.

Although the study area included a "corridor" extending from March Road to Eagleson Road, the need for modifications differed along the corridor. Based on the differing needs, the Terry Fox Drive corridor was divided into five sections as described below and illustrated in Figure 1.2.

Section 1

Eagleson RoadIHope Side Road to Fembank Road

There is no existing road or Right-of-Way (ROW) in this section of Terry Fox Drive. This study identified and evaluated alignment alternatives for this section.

Section 2

Fernbank Road to Hazeldean Road

An alignment for this section of Terry Fox Drive has been identified and approved through a previous Environmental Assessment (EA) (1991). Therefore, no alignment alternatives were considered for this section in this study. The proposed cross-section was reviewed and revised to be consistent with current Regional standards.

Section 3 This section of Terry Fox Drive is currently a two lane road (with widenings at Hazeldean Road to Campeau intersections for tum lanes) within a defmed ROW. Potential alignment alternatives

Drive were considered within the established ROW for future widening.

Section 4 There is no existing road alignment or ROW for this section of Terry Fox Drive.

Campeau Drive to Goulboum This study identified and evaluated alignment alternatives for this section.

Forced Road/Terry Fox Drive

Section 5 Terry Fox Drive is an existing two lane road within a defmed ROW. Aligrunent

Goulboum Forced Road/Terry alternatives were considered within the established ROW for future widening.

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1.2 STUDY BACKGROUND

This study was based on the Region's Transportation Master Plan and the City of Kanata's Official Plan, as outlined below.

1.2.1 Region of Ottawa-Carleton's Transportation Master Plan

In 1997, the Region completed a lengthy transportation planning process that outlined the regional transportation needs for Ottawa-Carleton to the horizon year 2021. The Region's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identified the widening and extension of Terry Fox Drive as an important component of the Region's future transportation system. Undertaken as a "Master Plan" according to the requirements of the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Municipal Road Projects 1, the TMP followed Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA process. The TMP fulfilled Phase 1 (Problem Identification and the justification of need for future transportation improvements) by identifying the need for improved local access and transportation capacity for growth areas adjacent to the Terry Fox Drive corridor. Phase 2 (selection of the Preferred Solution) requirements were met through the identification and evaluation of "alternative solutions" taking into account natural, social, economic and cost considerations.

The TMP recommended the following roadway modifications to Terry Fox Drive by the year 2021:

• a four lane arterial roadway between Eagleson Road and Richardson Side Road;

• four lanes of roadway between Richardson Side Road and Goulboum Forced Road/existing Terry Fox Drive to provide both arterial access and arterial capacity. This could be provided either as a two lane arterial roadway and a two lane collector roadway or as a single four lane arterial roadway. Figures 4.2 and 4.3 show the forecasted 2021 traffic volumes for both scenarios; and

• a four lane arterial roadway between Goulboum Forced Road/existing Terry Fox Drive and March Road.

1.2.2 City of Kanata Official Plan

Schedule C of the City of Kanata's current Official Plan shows a Major Arterial Road (continuous from March Road to Fernbank Road (the Kanata Town Line)) in the same conceptual alignment identified for Terry Fox Drive in the previous Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Official Plan and as generally described in the Region's current Official Plan. The designation of Terry Fox Drive as a Major Arterial Road indicates plans for a 40 meter ROW for Terry Fox Drive for its entire length. The Kanata Official Plan describes the phased extension/widening of Terry Fox Drive, as follows:

• "extension of Terry Fox Drive as a two lane roadway (northbound lanes) will be to rural standard except at intersections which will be to urban standard, where appropriate, from Castlefrank Road to March Road" (pg. 167);

phased development of the Town Centre area, the timing of which is dependent on market demands. The Town Centre Transportation Study, based on the ultimate potential of the Land Use designations of the City of Kanata, called for an ultimate 6 lane cross-section on Terry Fox Drive between Campeau Drive and Katimavik RoadlPalladium Drive.

I Class Environmental Assessment/or Municipal Road Projects, Municipal Engineers Association, June, 1993.

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Schedule C of the Kanata Official Plan includes the widening of Terry Fox Drive from Katimavik Road/Palladium Drive to Winchester Drive from two to four lanes and for the extension of Terry Fox Drive from Winchester Drive to Fernbank Road as a four lane road. No details on the need for these improvements are provided other than the general desire to ensure that adequate municipal services are in place for the future development of the Katimavik, Hazeldean, and Glen Cairn communities and the Kanata South Business Park.

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The City of Kanata and the Region conducted four other studies concurrently with the Terry Fox Drive EA Study that overlapped this study area. These studies were:

• City of Kanata Official Plan Review and Update (on-going);

• Kanata North Urban Expansion Area Study (1999);

• Shirley's BrooklWatts Creek Subwatershed Study (1999); and

• Castlefrank Road Overpass/Interchange EA study (1999).

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The Terry Fox Drive EA Study was conducted recognizing these studies. Recommendations from these studies were incorporated into the Terry Fox Drive EA Study as they became available.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS

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consideration of aspects of the natural and socio-economic environment; systematic evaluation of all net environmental effects; and

complete (traceable and defensible) documentation of the decision-making process.

The widening/extension of Terry Fox Drive qualifies as a Schedule "C" project according to the Class EA for Municipal Road Projects. Schedule C projects require the evaluation of planning alternatives and design alternatives (i.e. alignment/cross section) and the preparation of an Environmental Study Report (ESR). Although planning alternatives were evaluated through the preparation of the Transportation Master Plan (fulfilling Class EA Phases 1 and 2 requirements), this work has been re-confirmed and updated within this study.

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• the Transportation Master Plan, which addressed Phase 1 and Phase 2 requirements for providing a continuous roadway alignment of Terry Fox Drive from March Road to Eagleson Road, as a 4 lane/2 lane road, depending on the section; and,

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FLOW CHART OF PLANNING PROCESS FOR MUNICIPAL CLASS EA PROJECTS

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the Environmental Study Report, completed for the City of Kanata (1991), to extend Terry Fox Drive from Fernbank Road to Hazeldean Road, initially as a two (2) lane roadway, with subsequent widening to four (4) lanes from Fernbank Road to Hazeldean Road.

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The EA Study did not address the specific configuration of Terry Fox Drive between Palladium DrivelKatimavik Road and Campeau Drive beyond contributing the need for four through lanes. The section of Terry Fox Drive between Palladium DrivelKatimavik Road and Earl Grey Drive was considered to be within the area of influence of the Highway 417 interchange, and the lane arrangements within this area will be dictated by the preferred interchange design. The Ministry of Transportation, Ontario (MTO) will be undertaking a comprehensive review of the preferred design for Highway 417 (Highway 7 to Highway 416), including the highway interchanges, within the next year. This process will determine the design of Terry Fox Drive between Palladium DrivelKatimavik Road and Earl Grey Drive.

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The design of Terry Fox Drive between Earl Grey Drive and Campeau Drive will be determined through the planning process as the Kanata Centrum lands continue to develop. Terry Fox Drive already has the appropriate number of through lanes in this section. The design of the access configuration, which could include a partial interchange into the Kanata Centrum, will be established through the transportation assessments completed in support of further Mall development.

1.5 PUBLIC CONSULTATION

The public consultation process for this project began early in the study by obtaining input from the public, affected property owners, local interest groups and review agencies to help select design criteria and identify alignment options. Later in the process, this input was utilized in the evaluation of alignment options and in the selection of a preferred alignment.

A proactive and flexible approach to public and agency consultation was adopted in keeping with the needs/interests of key stakeholders. Although the required points of public contact in the Class EA process are clear, the issues/concerns and level of interest by stakeholders often dictate the form and frequency of public contact.

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Two Public Open Houses (Feb. 25, 1998; June 16, 1999); Technical Advisory Committee meetings;

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Criteria Workshop (to obtain input on the evaluation approach, criteria and relative importance of criteria for evaluating alternative alignments and alignment options), (May 7, 1998); Co-ordination with the study processes and public consultation activities for the Kanata Official Plan Review, the Kanata North Urban Expansion Area Study, the Shirley's Brook/Watts Creek Subwatershed Study, and the Castlefrank Road Overpass/Interchange EA Study, all of which ran concurrently with all or portions of the Terry Fox Drive EA Study;

Presentation to Kanata City Council (Feb. 22, 2000);

Presentation to Regional Transportation Committee, Regional Council (May 3, 2000); and Notice of Completion of ESR.

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The following sections summarize the results of the key events that were held.

1.5.1 Public Open House No.1

Public Open House No. 1 was held on Wednesday, February 25, 1998 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Kanata City Hall in the 4th Floor Meeting Room. The Public Open House presentation material included information on:

• The EA process for the Terry Fox Drive EA Study;

• The Planning context for the project;

• Existing natural environment conditions in the study area;

• Existing transportation network in the study area;

• Existing and forecasted 2021 roadway link volumes; and

• Phase 1 and 2 conclusions.

Approximately 40 people signed the registration sheet at the Public Open House. Comments received were generally supportive of the project. The attendees suggested the need to preserve green space and protect the existing trail system. A summary of comments received and responses to those comments is provided in Appendix A, along with copies of the display boards, Public Open House notification, and comments received.

1.5.2 Criteria Workshop

A Criteria Workshop was held on May 7, 1998 for the purpose of obtaining input on the draft evaluation criteria and their relative importance. There were 23 participants at the workshop which included an initial presentation followed by break-out group sessions. Participants included those members of the public who expressed interest in attending the Workshop at the first Public Open House and representatives of local land owners. Comments were provided on the proposed criteria and attendees ranked the criteria groups in order of importance. This information was used to assist in making tradeoffs in the comparative evaluation of the alternative alignments. A summary of the Criteria Workshop results are contained in Appendix A. Section 6.1.1 describes how the public input was utilized within this study.

1.5.3 Public Open House No.2

Public Open House No.2 was held on Wednesday, June 16, 1999 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Mlacak Centre (2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata). This Public Open House was held jointly with the second public open house for the Castlefrank Road OverpasslInterchange EA Study. The Public Open House presented information on:

Project findings to date; The EA Evaluation Process;

Design criteria for Terry Fox Drive;

Planning and Design Alternatives for Terry Fox Drive;

A Functional Design for the Technically Preferred Alternative; and Overall Effects and a Draft Mitigation Plan.

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Approximately 76 people signed the joint registration sheet for the two Public Open Houses. Comments received were generally in support of the Technically Preferred Alternative. Some concerns were raised regarding the intersection of the proposed alignment and Richardson Side Road and clarification was provided to area landowners. Details regarding the Public Open House, including the display boards, Public Open House notification and comments received, are contained in Appendix A.

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