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The Natural Environment &
Surrounding Community

As part of the Environmental Assessment, Terrapure will evaluate the potential effects of the options on the existing natural environment and surrounding community and develop appropriate mitigation measures. The Study Area for the Stoney Creek Regional Facility Environmental Assessment is 1.5km.

Below is the study area map and a link to the proposed evaluation criteria that will be applied to evaluate the potential effects. Click on the image to download the full list of evaluation criteria and indicators. 

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Evaluation Criteria

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The Natural Environment

As part of the baseline studies, the existing natural environment surrounding the Stoney Creek Regional Facility was assessed and the following was determined: 

  • There are no Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs) or Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSWs) identified within the site or Local Study Areas, and no ANSIs within the site Study Area. 
  • The footprint of the entire site Study Area has been previously developed and as a result wildlife habitat within the site Study Area is very limited. 
  • Stormwater is tested and discharged to a roadside swale on the west side or to the leachate pond, which flows to the City of Hamilton sanitary sewer
  • Double-liner system and extensive leachate and groundwater collection systems
  • Wind direction, wind speed, temperature and weather are monitored
  • Noise is less than road traffic on Upper Centennial Parkway
  • No landfill gas collection system
 

Considering the Natural Environment 

Each technical expert on our project team will evaluate the 6 options considering the following aspects of the natural environment:

Terrestrial and Aquatic 

  • Effect on fish in local streams and their habitat
  • Effect on wildlife in the area
  • Effect on vegetation and trees

 

    Atmospheric 

    • Effect on air quality, odour and noise on off-site locations such as  residences, businesses and schools (including the new proposed elementary school

    Geology and Hydrogeology 

    • Effect on groundwater flow and quality

    Surface Water 

    • Effect on drainage flow in the area
    • Effect on local streams

      


      Existing Land Uses & Historical Developments in Upper Stoney Creek

      As part of the baseline studies, the existing community surrounding the Stoney Creek Regional Facility was assessed and the following was determined: 

      • A future school may be developed within the residential area north west of First Road West and Green Mountain Road West
      • Nearest residential dwelling (currently under construction) is approximately 35 m away from the property boundary
      • Approximately 1,000 dwellings within 500m from the property boundary 
      • Penny Lane and Victory Developments (last 4 years) 
      • There are 300 units under construction to the north-west corner of the property boundary 
      • There are 340 units not yet developments to the north-west of the of the property boundary 

       

      Considering The Surrounding Community

      Each technical expert on our project team will evaluate the 6 options considering the following aspects of the surrounding community:

      Land Use

      • Effect on existing land uses such as residences, businesses, parks and schools
      • Effect on views from surrounding existing and future residences

      Transportation

      • Effect on existing traffic around the SCRF

      Economic

      • Effect on approved/planned land uses, such as new residentialdevelopments
      • Economic benefit to the City of Hamilton and local community
       
       
       

      Health

      • Effect on air quality, leachate, groundwater and surface water on human health

      Archaeology & Built Heritage

      • Effect on known or potentially significant archaeological resources
      • Effect on built heritage resources and cultural landscapes
       

      Feedback Section

      We want to hear from you on what makes Upper Stoney Creek such a great place to live, work, and play. This information will inform Terrapure on important aspects to consider in the completing the studies for the Environmental Assessment. 

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