Environmental Assessment Study for Kirby Road Extension
Between Dufferin Street and Bathurst Street in the City of Vaughan, York Region, Ontario
Click on the links below to learn more about the study.
Class Environmental Assessment
A Class Environmental Assessment (EA) is a planning process prepared by the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) of Ontario
for a class or group of municipal infrastructure undertakings, including roads, water and wastewater projects.
The process is approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and through almost
three decades it has been proven to be an effective way of complying with requirements of the Ontario Environmental
Assessment Act (1990, as amended).
Applying the Class EA approach to planning and implementation of municipal infrastructure projects allows achieving considerable
public, economic and environmental benefits.
The key elements of the Class EA process are incorporated in the following five consecutive phases:
Since infrastructure projects can vary in their complexity and magnitude of environmental effects, they are classified by
the Class EA in terms of schedules. Depending on the EA Schedule, a project may not require to go through all
phases of the EA process prior to implementation. For example, Schedule "A" and "A+" projects are limited in
scale, have minimal adverse effects, are pre-approved and may proceed to implementation. However, Schedule "C"
projects such as construction of new facilities or major expansion of existing facilities that have the potential
for significant environmental effects must proceed under the full Class EA procedures.
Identify the Problem and/or Opportunity
Identify and evaluate Alternative Solutions
Identify and evaluate Alternative Design Concepts to the Preferred Solution
Document the above findings in an Environmental Study Report and make it available for scrutiny by review agencies and the
Complete design and proceed to construction and operation
The Class EA is a self assessment process. In all situations where the approach is applicable to a project, it is the responsibility
of a proponent to ensure that the process is carried out as set out in the Class EA document prepared by
MEA. As stipulated in the EA Act, proponent means a person who proposes or carries out an undertaking or
is the owner or person having charge, management or control of an undertaking.
Proponents, such as municipalities acting in their own behalf or on behalf of private sector developers or private sector
developers acting on their own behalf, undertake development of municipal infrastructure. Regardless of the
manner in which facilities are funded, any works designated as an undertaking to which Ontario EA Act applies
must follow the Class EA process, subject to specific exemptions. Provided the approved Class EA planning
process was followed, a proponent has complied with the EA Act.
As noted, certain infrastructure works can have significant impacts on the environment and such projects shall be planned
under Schedule "C" of the Class EA. Therefore, it is appropriate that those projects should be subject to
review prior to implementation, regardless of who (municipality or private developer) undertakes the planning,
construction or who is ultimately responsible for control and maintenance of the works.
Accordingly, private sectors developers proposing projects listed in Schedule "C" of the Class EA document that are servicing
residential developments must complete the Schedule "C" Class EA process. In addition, the Class EA document
provides means for integrating the requirements of the EA Act and the Planning Act, where a proponent wishes
to do so. By coordinating infrastructure planning under the Class EA process and land use planning application
under the Planning Act, proponents can meet requirements of both processes in the most expeditious manner.
The City of Vaughan (CoV) Transportation Master Plan (TMP) - A New Path (2013), companion to the CoV Official Plan (2010),
identified projects that will improve connections to local and regional infrastructure, provide access to
future developments, support transit-oriented nodes and corridors, and enhance transit ridership, cycling
In 2016, York Region TMP has also identified the need for Kirby Road extension between Dufferin and Bathurst Streets and
confirmed the requirement to construct the 4-lane missing link.
The CoV determined the sequence of improvements for the Kirby Road corridor and has authorized Rizmi Holdings Limited (RHL),
a private sector developer to act as a sole Study Proponent and undertake the necessary Class Environmental
Assessment Study (EA Study) to address missing road network connection and capacity.
Schaeffers Consulting Engineers (SCE) has been retained by the RHL to carry out the EA Study.
The road alignment may vary within the study corridor due to site specific constraints. The EA Study will identify and evaluate
Alternative Design Concepts for the new roadway between Dufferin Street and Bathurst Street and determine
a Preferred Design Concept(s).
By eliminating an important gap in the City's transportation network, the Kirby Road Extension will improve capacity, continuity
and effectiveness of existing network, including vehicular, pedestrian and cycling opportunities.
Study Process and Timeline
The Study is being planned in accordance with the MEA Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) document (October 2000,
as amended) as a Schedule "C" Municipal Road Project. The Phase 1 - Problem and /or Opportunity and Phase
2 - Alternative Solutions have been completed and addressed in the both 2013 CoV and 2016 York Region TMPs.
In addition, the Phases 1 and 2 findings will be revisited by the Project Team and this Class EA Study will
carry out the Phase 3 - Alternative Design Concepts for Preferred Solution and Phase 4 - Environmental Study
Report of the MEA MCEA planning and design process.
Figure below presents an overview of the Class EA process with the scope of the Kirby Road EA Study highlighted with red
The MEA MCEA process includes mandatory consultation with public and review agencies, evaluation of design alternatives to
the undertaking, assessment and mitigation of potential effects of the proposed road extension on the environment.
At the conclusion of the EA Study, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared that documents the study process
and identifies the preferred alignment and design for the extension of Kirby Road. The ESR will be provided
to the CoV for review.
Following their review, City's staff will table a report to the Committee of the Whole meeting on the outcome
of the Kirby Road Extension EA Study, which is anticipated in Q1 2019. The report will be recommending whether
or not the City will join RHL as a co-proponent of the EA Study, issue a Notice of Study Completion and file
the ESR for the 30-day public review period.
Public consultation is a vital part of the EA process. At key study milestones, Public Information Centres (PICs) will provide
anyone with an interest in this study with opportunity to review and discuss project related issues. PIC
details will be advertised in local newspapers and this web page closer to consultation dates.
A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will provide a forum for regulatory authorities, approval agencies, and the City to provide
feedback and guidance to the Project Team during the EA Study.
A Citizen Liaison Committee (CLC) will be formed to provide interested community members with an opportunity to discuss options
for the proposed Kirby Road extension.
Please click on the respective link below to download the file for review. We encourage you to review the materials and contact
the Project Team, should you have any questions or wish to share your valuable input.
Notice of Study Commencement (PDF 146KB)
Notice of Public Information Centre #1 (PDF 152KB)
PIC #1 for this study was held on June 29, 2017.
PIC#1 Display Boards (PDF 9.3MB)
PIC#1 Response Form (PDF 540KB)
Notice of Public Information Centre #2 (PDF 150KB)
PIC #2 for this study was held on June 28, 2018.
PIC#2 Display Boards (PDF 9.7MB)
PIC#2 Response Form (PDF 605KB)
As the study progresses, key information will be posted here. Please visit the project page back!
Who is involved in CLC?
Members of the CLC include local residents associations, businesses, community leaders and municipal government, including
York Region and CoV. It is anticipated that the CLC will meet at least three times over the course of EA
What are the issues?
The CLC will discuss issues related to:
Public concerns about potential environmental impacts and design alternatives of the road extension;
Proposed solutions to resolve public concerns; and,
Actions aimed at how to best engage with community residents, local groups and organizations that share an interest in the
How can I participate?
We would like to hear from you and discuss any concerns or issues related to the project. Consultation with interested stakeholders
is a key component of the study. You can let us know of your interest by contacting us and, if you wish,
your contact information can be added to the project mailing list. We also encourage you to attend future
public meetings where you will have an opportunity to provide your valuable feedback in person.
Who to Contact
Leonid Groysman, M.Sc.
Class EA Lead
905.738.6100 Ext. 245
Last modified: July 20, 2018