Members of the public, agencies, Aboriginal communities and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process by attending consultation opportunities, contacting project staff directly with comments or questions, and by attending Public Information Centres for the project.
Public consultation opportunities will be advertised on the project website, in local newspapers, and through the project mailing list.
Public Information Centre #1 for the Environmental Assessment - January 28, 2016
The Project Team would like to thank everyone who attended the first Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) phase of the project, held on January 28, 2016, and also to everyone that submitted comments after the PIC. The meeting was very well attended and the Project Team received valuable feedback from a variety of stakeholders.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide members of the public the following: a project overview, update on the study progress, present the draft Alternatives by Shoreline Segment and draft Evaluation Criteria, outline next steps, and offer an opportunity for meaningful discussion.
The meeting began with an information open house, where attendees had an opportunity to review information panels and speak with project staff about their thoughts, questions and concerns. Following the open house a presentation was delivered, followed by a facilitated open question period. The presentation provided a project overview, study update and review of the draft Alternatives by Shoreline Segment, Evaluation Criteria and Next Steps. Immediately after the presentation, and open Question and Answer (Q&A) period was held where attendees were able to ask questions about the project in a public forum. Following the presentation and Q&A, attendees had an opportunity to continue discussions with staff around the panels or at tables that were made available. Tables included maps illustrating Alternatives and workbooks with discussion activity questions about the Alternatives per Segment.
During and after the meeting, hundreds of comments were recorded through verbal conversation, sticky notes on panels, comments in the workbooks, during the facilitated Q&A and via the project email. Valuable comments, concerns and questions were received on specific details related to the Alternatives, the natural environment, erosion, safety, access points and type of access, Bluffer's Park, trail locations and connections, park amenities, construction and a number of other general observations. The Project Team reviews and considers all comments and input made by the public throughout the Project.
Stakeholder Committee EA Meeting #1 - January 14, 2016
The second Stakeholder Committee meeting for the Scarborough Waterfront Project was held on January 14, 2015. This meeting was the first engagement with the Stakeholder Committee as part of the Environmental Assessment phase of the project.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to preview the materials and format for the first EA phase PIC, scheduled to be held on January 28, 2016. Through this preview of draft panel displays, a dry-run of the presentation, and discussion of the meeting format for the PIC, Stakeholder Committee members were given an opportunity to provide feedback on the upcoming public session while providing their own input on Alternatives and Evaluation Criteria/Indicators.
Discussions with the Committee during the meeting yielded a number of comments on individual alternatives. Significant feedback was also received on the presentation and panel format and how best to communicate content to the public.
Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment and Notice of PIC#1 - January 7, 2016
Notice of Submission - June 4, 2015
Notice of Submission - Draft Terms of Reference - April 2, 2015
Public Information Centre (PIC) #2 - February 24, 2015
PIC#2 for the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference
The Project Team would like to thank the 150+ individuals who attended the PIC#2 for the Scarborough Waterfront Project on Tuesday, February 24th at Qssis Banquet Halls.
Materials presented at PIC#2 are available for download:
Notice of Public Information Centre #2 - February 5, 2015
Stakeholder Committee Meeting #2 - December 10, 2014
A second Stakeholder Committee meeting was held on December 10, 2014, where discussion focused on the revised project vision and objectives, the proposed approach for developing alternatives and input into establishing draft evaluation criteria. A presentation was delivered on these components, followed by breakout table discussions.
The Stakeholder Committee provided invaluable input at meeting #2 on the content and assisted the team in determining ways to modify the information to make it easier to understand. General themes that were raised at this meeting included:
- Keep it Simple - For ongoing work with the Stakeholder Committee, and especially for communications and consultation with the general public, it is essential to keep the information presented simple, clear and concise.
- Prioritize Nature - The fundamental and most important goal of this project, for many Stakeholder Committee members, is the protection of the natural environment and preservation of the unique natural character of the Bluffs.
- Watch the Use of Jargon - Much of the information presented was of a technical EA planning nature. Terms like “natural and cultural heritage” and “objectives based criteria” are not immediately understood or can be open to interpretation. Jargon should be avoided. Where it is required, an explanation or a glossary of terms should be included.
- Demonstrate How You are Listening - The Stakeholder Committee as well as members of the public will want to see examples of how the project team is listening to their concerns and incorporating feedback into the study process.
The Project Team refined the materials based on the input received and a third Stakeholder Committee meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 5, 2015 to review the refinement in advance of its presentation to the public at Public Information Centre #2.
Stakeholder Committee Meeting #1 - October 8, 2014
The Stakeholder Committee for the Scarborough Waterfront Project is an important component of the overall consultation program for the project. With a mix of voices and interests represented, the Stakeholder Committee will help the Project Team better understand different perspectives and address the various opportunities and issues that arise. The Stakeholder Committee is an advisory body and final decisions will be the responsibility of the Project Team.
The Stakeholder Committee held its first meeting on October 8, 2014. The meeting provided the group with an opportunity to get to know each other, to learn about the Scarborough Waterfront Project, gain an understanding of the function of the Committee and its role, and to discuss opportunities and concerns within the community related to the project, including a discussion of feedback from the first Public Information Centre.
Public Information Centre (PIC) #1 – September 10, 2014
PIC#1 for the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference
Public Information Centre #1 was held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. Thank you to the 150 people who attended!
The purpose of this first public information centre (PIC) was to introduce the project and the planning process. The format for the meeting included an open house session, a formal presentation and a breakout/feedback session.
In the open house portion of the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to talk to TRCA and City of Toronto project staff. Attendees were invited to provide comments, insights, and concerns directly onto maps of the Study Area which were posted around the room. Another opportunity for informal discussion and feedback, including a worksheet, was provided after the presentation.
The presentation described the history of the Scarborough section of the Toronto shoreline and the planning and erosion protection works that have taken place over the last 40 years. A brief overview of the Scarborough Waterfront Project was provided, including a description of the preliminary Vision and Objectives. The environmental assessment process was described with particular focus on the public consultation process and the formation of a Stakeholder Committee. Next steps and contact information were also provided.
Materials presented at the Public Information Centre are now available for download:
We received great feedback and local knowledge from 150 participants that attended the meeting. We asked the community to tell us about the challenges and opportunities in the Scarborough Waterfront and collected comments using worksheets and study area maps posted around the room. The map below is a summary of feedback collected at the meeting.
This input will be used to develop a set of alternatives for the Scarborough Waterfront as well as a set of criteria that can be used to evaluate these alternatives. Developing and evaluating alternatives for the future of the Scarborough Waterfront is part of the Environmental Assessment process. We will continue to seek your feedback on this process at the next meeting in January. Please stay connected to receive information about upcoming meetings.
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Notice of Commencement - July 17, 2014