MSP Environmental Assessment

The Township of Springwater is continuing with Phase 3 & 4 of the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Planning Process to determine specific water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure requirements to accommodate future growth within the Midhurst Secondary Plan, in accordance with the “Midhurst Master Servicing Plan – Phase 1 & 2 – Water, Wastewater & Transportation, dated July 2009”. The Master Servicing Plan identified the infrastructure that will be required and also concluded that Phases 3 & 4 of the Class EA process needed to be completed.

Phase 3 & 4 of the Class EA process will follow the planning and design process for Schedule ‘C’ projects as described in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Document (October 2000 as amended in 2007, 2011 & 2015), published by the Municipal Engineer’s Association.  In particular Phase 3 & 4 of the Class EA process is focusing on the following Water, Wastewater & Transportation Infrastructure:
  • New water system(s) to service the proposed growth within the Midhurst Secondary Plan area including new wells, water treatment facilities, high lift pumps or booster stations, water storage reservoirs and distribution systems including transmission mains.
  • New Wastewater Treatment & Collection System (including sanitary collection systems, pump stations, treatment plant and outfall) to service the proposed growth within the Midhurst Secondary Plan, with the capability of servicing the existing Midhurst area, if required.
  • Upgrading/Reconstruction of existing roads and intersections throughout the existing community;
  • Construction of a new Craig Road (2 lanes) from County Rd. 27 to Russell Road including a direct connection to Forbes Road;
  • Upgrading of the Forbes Road and Highway 400 Interchange

Environmental Assessment Schedule

(Please note: these dates are tentative and subject to change)

August 3, 2016 –
Documents posted to Township website
August 3, 2016 – 
Council Presentation – Ainley Group to provide brief update on status of the Class EA 
October 18, 2016 –
Public Information Centre at Snow Valley Resort; 4:30 – 9:00 pm
October & December, 2016 –
Steering Committee and Residents Liaison Committee to meet
December 1, 2016 –
Public Commenting Period closes
February 21, 2017 –
Council Presentation – Ainley Group to provide brief update on status of the Class EA and a high level summary of the responses received during the official public commenting period.
March 8, 2017 - Meeting for Public to Provide Comments to Council 

April 3, 2017 -
Draft ESR released to Steering Committee (Not for Public Release)
April 18, 2017 -
Steering Committee Meeting (to review Draft ESR)
April 19, 2017 -
In-camera Township Council Meeting to present Draft ESR
April 20, 2017 -
Submit Draft ESR to MOECC for Technical Review
April 25, 2017 -
Steering Committee Meeting (Additional meeting to review Draft ESR)
Steering Committee & Resident Liaison Group Meetings to Discuss MOECC Comments (This assumes MOECC comments are received within 5 weeks)
TBD - Special Council Meeting (Brief update on the status of the Class EA), Township Administration Centre, 6:30 pm
Formal 30 Day Public Review Period
TBD- Open House # 2, at Snow Valley Resort, 4:00-8:00 pm
TBD- Steering Committee Meeting to discuss comments and/or Part II Orders received during formal 30-day Public Review Period

Meeting dates after May 25 are subject to change as draft comments from the MOECC are required to move forward with the project.

Fact Sheets (Added March 6)

Water Supply
Willow Creek and Minesing Wetlands
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds
Low Impact Development
Existing and Proposed Traffic in Midhurst
Craig Road Extension

Public Information Centre

A Public Information Centre was held on Tuesday, October 18 at Snow Valley Resort. Attendees were presented with information related to the Phase 3 & 4 Class Environmental Assessment. A formal presentation was made regarding the findings and attendees were provided with the opportunity to speak with the Project Team. A video of the Public Information Centre is available below. 

Public Information Centre Display Boards 

Environmental Assessment Update and Commenting Opportunity Meetings

Ainley Group, the Township's consultants for the Midhurst Secondary Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) provided an update on the EA process at a meeting on Tuesday, February 21. 

A subsequent meeting was held on March 8, 2017 to allow residents to provide comments to Council on the EA process to date. For a copy of the presentations please contact the Township Clerk at 705-728-4784 Ext. 2026 or via contact form here.

View the live stream recording of the meetings on Youtube.

Correspondence Received During Official EA Commenting Period

(Comments were due by December 1, 2016)

Feedback Received
Summary of Comments Received and Responses (Added March 6)

Meeting Notes

March 6, 2017 - Meeting with NVCA


Archaeological Assessment

Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment for Craig Rd Extension Draft - prepared by Archeoworks Inc. and dated June 2016

Natural Heritage

Willow Creek and Wilson Drive Terrestrial Habitat Assessment Draft - prepared by Beacon Environmental and dated May 30,2016

Water Supply and Treatment

Evaluation of Midhurst Water Supply and Water Treatment Alternatives Draft - prepared by Black & Veatch and dated May 2016

Hydrogeological Study Midhurst Water Supply Exploration Program Draft - prepared by Golder Associates and dated June 2016

Waste Water Treatment

Evaluation of Treatment Alternatives for Midhurst Waste Water Treatment Plant Draft - prepared by Black & Veatch and dated June, 2016

Willow Creek Assimilative Capacity Study Draft – prepared by Hutchinson Environmental and dated May 2016

Note: This Report includes the following reports as Appendices:

  1. 7Q20 Flow Assessment Update for Willow Creek at Hwy 26 Draft – prepared by Hutchinson Environmental and dated May, 2016;
  2. Fluvial Geomorphological Assessment of Willow Creek Downstream of Proposed WWTP Discharge at Hwy 26 prepared by Palmer Environmental
Midhurst Phosphorus Budget Draft – prepared by Hutchinson Environmental and dated May 2016

Transportation Studies

Midhurst Class EA - Traffic Operational Analysis Report - prepared by Ainley Group and dated August 26, 2016

Final Report Forbes Road Hwy 400 Interchange Operations Assessment - prepared by AECOM