Post, 03 / 14 / 03 Dennis Smith
a new transportation minister and suddenly a new planning timetable
for the proposed highway from Niagara to Hamilton/Halton.
has extended the next deadline involving the mid-peninsula project's
environmental terms of reference, which determines how to examine the
highway route or its alternatives.
were pleased the deadline of March 17 was extended to April 30 for a
review period in the process.
that Minister Klees has listened to my concerns and those of the citizens
of Burlington," said Burlington MPP Cam Jackson. "This transportation
corridor has far-reaching implications and our government has demonstrated
a willingness to be flexible, fair and consultative at every stage of
said he met twice with the new minister to argue for more time. "I fully
support the reasonable request by local citizens for an extension,"
document and formal terms of reference are being developed, with public
response times for these steps.
In a recent
letter, Klees re-iterated the government's commitment to the mid-peninsula
project. He said besides the ministry's consultation period, there will
be five additional weeks for public comments through the government
agency review process.
council members also sought the April 30 extension.
Councillor John Taylor argued there were complex documents involved,
which require more time for meaningful responses and public consultation.
very encouraging that the new minister is listening to our MPP and to
our local concerns," said the councillor.
chair said she was happy with the latest development.
is good news for the region," said Joyce Savoline.
and Flamborough residents have been vocal in opposing the highway.
A key concern
is the route alternative linking the new road with Hwy. 407 near Walker's
Line. It's believed that route would loop north of Waterdown, then angle
back down the Niagara Escarpment into Burlington. Three other route
choices are being considered.
would likely run from Niagara to Hamilton's airport at Mount Hope, with
the alternatives extending from there.
other choices include connecting the road to an expanded Hwy. 403 on
Hamilton Mountain, Hwy. 401 west of Milton or to Hwy. 6 in Flamborough.
planners have argued expanded transit, railways, and highways are all
required to meet projected Golden Horseshoe growth of 2.5 million people
in 20 years.
have argued the mid-peninsula highway will be very expensive, damaging
to the environment and escarpment and still may not solve traffic problems.