Smith - The Burlington Post
Feb 5, 2003
council members want mid-peninsula highway planners to ease up on the
throttle. Burlington's mayor is seeking a consensus among municipalities
about how planning should proceed for the proposed highway between Niagara
and Hamilton or Halton.
want to make sure the process is followed comprehensively," Rob
MacIsaac said in an interview. "The Burlington section of the corridor
has not received adequate study."
was authorized Monday by council to negotiate and sign a memorandum
of understanding concerning the proposed highway's environmental assessment
was hoping to have it signed this week by representatives of Halton
and Niagara regions, plus Hamilton.
you're for or against the highway, a good process is important,"
he said. "Our feeling has always been the Burlington portion of
the route was an afterthought that hasn't received proper attention.
We think the province needs to slow down and back up."
said the environmental assessment's terms of reference (determining
how to examine the route or its alternatives) could be completed any
time. He said this lends urgency to having a memorandum of understanding
soon, but admitted Burlington has little control over when other municipalities
hope to get it soon or not get it at all," said the mayor.
added it will be easier for provincial officials to do what they want
with the highway proposal if municipalities are not in agreement.
details of the memo are confidential, but a
city report states the recommended approach is aimed at completing the
environmental assessment in a "comprehensive, transparent, inclusive
and timely manner."
connection with Hwy. 407 in Burlington was suggested during last year's
needs assessment phase for the highway. Local politicians complained
the original proposed route stopped at Hwy. 6 and then Burlington and
Halton officials were not consulted about the route change.
Ministry of Transportation officials have since proposed three possible
highway connections for upcoming study phases -- Hwy. 407 near Walker's
Line in Burlington, Hwy. 401 west of Milton or an expanded Hwy. 403
councillors strongly supported the memorandum of understanding on Monday.
will have a dramatic and beneficial effect on the study," said
John Taylor. "There are some very good principles in the letter;
things that we are fighting for now."
6 Councillor Carol D'Amelio said highway planners need all the background
available to make good decisions.
been working on something that is not complete and playing by rules
that are not there."
latest public information meeting for the proposed highway was slated
for last night (Tuesday) at the Burlington Holiday Inn.
session will be held tomorrow at Rockton World's Fairground, 812 Old
Hwy. 8 in Rockton. It will run from 3-9 p.m., with a presentation at