Smith - Special to the The Flamborough Post Feb. 28,2003.
Growth help keep the controversial mid peninsula highway from this area?
one question posed at a recent public meeting Tuesday in Burlington.
in the meeting was the grassroots and fast-growing Citizen's Opposed
to Paving the Escarpment as well as the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment.
The Ministry of Transportation were not involved in this meeting.
attendance were able to learn about the Central Ontario Smart Growth
Panel's recent discussion paper. Sitting on that panel is Burlington
Mayor Rob MacIsaac.
premature to say the panel is opposed to the highway going through (this
area)," he said after the meeting. "But things are encouraging."
Growth panel hasn't specifically addressed the proposed highway from
Niagara to Hamilton/Halton, MacIsaac told the Post.
has endorsed the concept of a trade corridor starting at the United
States border in Niagara that goes around the Greater Toronto Area.
highway is not viewed as an extension of Hwy. 407," said MacIsaac.
"It skirts the GTA and Hamilton."
the panel doesn't necessarily favour having the mid peninsula route
connect with Hwy. 401 west of Milton.
one of four possible connections for the proposed road. Other alternatives
under consideration include connections with Hwy. 407 in Burlington,
Hwy. 6 in Flamborough or Hwy. 403 on Hamilton Mountain.
have demanded more time for the environment assessment terms of reference
stage, which determines how to examine the route or its alternatives.
the public has until March 17 to respond to the draft document and approximately
April 30 to reply to the formal terms of reference.
for the proposed highway were criticized by the vice-chair of COPE in
a press release.
four possible routes left on the table for consideration are all indirect.
They add between 21 and 56 kilometres to the Toronto to Fort Erie trip
and will probably be tolled as well," said Troy's Susan McMaster.
"COPE does not see sufficient demand for the MPH materializing
to justify its $1.2 billion cost and the environmental damage it will
cause if built."
that Smart Growth principles are contravened because, if built, the
mid peninsula highway would not use existing infrastructure and it would
not minimize environmental damage, as it could cut the escarpment and
impact on hundreds of wetlands, forests, streams and wildlife habitat.
representatives have argued that expanded transit, railways and roadways
are all required to meet projected Golden Horseshoe growth of 2.5 million
people in 20 years.
They've also said management of transportation systems is also needed
to meet trade and transportation growth, plus increased congestion expected
for the area.