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)

Date Details
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Documents posted to Township website
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Council Presentation – Ainley Group to provide brief update on status of the Class EA
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Public Information Centre at Snow Valley Resort; 4:30 – 9:00 pm
October & December, 2016 Steering Committee and Resident Liaison Committee meet
Thursday, December 1, 2016  Public Commenting Period closes
Tuesday, 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.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017  Meeting for public to provide comments to Council
Monday, April 3, 2017 Draft ESR released to Steering Committee (Not for Public Release) 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017  Steering Committee Meeting (to review draft ESR)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017   In-camera Township Council Meeting to present draft ESR
Thursday, April 20, 2017   Submit draft ESR to MOECC for Technical Review
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Steering Committee Meeting (Additional meeting to review draft ESR)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017  Springwater Council submits letter to MOECC regarding resident concerns related to Midhurst Class EA  
 Monday, April 30, 2018  MOECC releases comments on the draft ESR
Monday, May 14, 2018  In-camera Township Council Meeting. Solicitor reviewed the comments received by the MOECC on the draft ESR for the Midhurst Class Environmental Assessment
 Wednesday, May 16, 2018  Ainley Group provided an executive summary of the recent comments by the MOECC on the Midhurst Class Environmental Assessment and discussed the next steps in the process.
 Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Presentation of ESR and formal response to the MOECC to take place during regular Council meeting. 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018  Midhurst EA Steering Committee and Midhurst Resident Liaison Committee to review comments from the MOECC and the revised ESR
 Wednesday, June 13, 2018  Issue Notice of Completion of ESR and 30 days commenting period. Final ESR will be available on the Township website and a printed copy can be reviewed at the Township Administration Centre
 Monday, June 18, 2018  Final Open House at Snow Valley Resort. Display boards detailing the EA process and final ESR will be available for viewing.
  • Drop-in: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Presentation: 7:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Question and answer period: 8:00 - 9:00 pm
 Friday, July 13, 2018  30 day commenting period completed
 Any dates after this are conditional dependent on whether or not a Part 2 Order is submitted.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018  Midhurst EA Steering Committee meets to review comments made by the public during commenting period and responses to comments. 
 TBD  Council review of final ESR and submission to MOECC.

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