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Project Background

Project Vision 

The vision of the Scarborough Waterfront Project is to create a system of greenspaces along the Lake Ontario shoreline which respect and protect the significant natural and cultural features of the Bluffs, enhance the terrestrial and aquatic habitat, and provide a safe and enjoyable waterfront experience.

Project Objectives

Protect and enhance terrestrial and aquatic natural features and linkages

Habitat type, health, and sensitivity vary in the study area. There are opportunities to enhance existing terrestrial and aquatic habitat and create new greenspace.

Manage public safety and property risk

There are varying levels of risk to the public and property in the study area. For example, risk of slope failure, loss of tableland, hazardous access routes, and risk from waves to users of the greenspace. Existing and future risks need to be identified and mitigated.

Provide an enjoyable waterfront experience

A number of factors contribute to an enjoyable waterfront experience. For example, diversity of experience, including, active/passive recreation; views and vistas; multi-season use; trail connections; and education/appreciation of the natural and cultural features of the bluffs.

Consistency and coordination with other initiatives

Significant community planning has occurred in this area. The project will be consistent with, and coordinate with other initiatives, including the Lake Ontario Greenway Strategy (WRT), Urban Fish Management Plan; Guild Park & Gardens Management Plan; and local community initiatives.

Achieve value for cost

Maximize the benefits achieved through the project in relation to the estimated project cost (capital and maintenance).

Study Area

The study area extends across the shoreline from Bluffer's Park in the west to the mouth of the Highland Creek in the east. The northern boundary is Kingston Road and the southern boundary is Lake Ontario. 

SWP Study Area Map

Planning Process for the Proposed Project

The study is following the Individual environmental assessment process in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). The first step in the process is the preparation of the Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference sets out the framework and work plan for addressing the EAA requirements when preparing the environmental assessment including alternatives that will be considered and the public consultation activities that will be carried out. The Terms of Reference was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on June 4, 2015.

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