Notice of Completion: Environmental Assessment for Merritt Road and Rice Road in Pelham, Thorold and Welland

Niagara Region has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study to identify improvements to Merritt Road and Rice Road as a result of proposed developments in the Town of Pelham, the City of Thorold and the City of Welland.
The study was built on the recommendations of Niagara Region’s Transportation Master Plan. It identified improvements to the two roadways to meet the future needs of the surrounding community for all road users.
The study also looked at active transportation needs by considering dedicated infrastructure that is:
  • Safe
  • Attractive to pedestrians and cyclists
  • Follows a complete streets approach
  • Compatible with the changing land use in the three local municipalities
The Process
The study was carried out as a Schedule ‘C’ project according to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment ActThe study addresses the requirements of Phases 1 to 4 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.
This notice informs that the study is now complete. An electronic copy of the Environmental Study Report that documents the planning, public consultation and decision-making process for the study is being placed on the public record for review from March 18 to May 6, 2024 on the Environmental Assessment and Detailed Transportation Assessment project page.
Comments and contacts
Interested persons may provide written comments addressing any comments and concerns to the Region’s project manager by May 6, 2024.
If you need alternative accommodations to view the document, you may also contact the project manager.
Maged Elmadhoon, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Manager, Transportation Planning
Section 16 Order Request
A request may be made to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for an order requiring a higher level of study (i.e., requiring an individual / comprehensive Environmental Assessment approval before being able to proceed), or that conditions be imposed (e.g., require further studies), only on the grounds that the requested order may prevent, mitigate or remedy adverse impacts on constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. Requests on other grounds will not be considered.
Requests should include the requester contact information and full name for the Ministry. Requests should specify what kind of order is being requested (request for additional conditions or a request for an individual / comprehensive environmental assessment), how an order may prevent, mitigate or remedy those potential adverse impacts, and any information in support of the statement in the request. This will ensure that the ministry is able to efficiently begin reviewing the request. 
The request should be sent by May 6, 2024 in writing or by email to both the following contacts, as well as the project manager.
Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Director, Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Ave. W., 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M4V 1P5
If no order request is received, the project will proceed to design and construction as outlined in the planning documentation.
Please visit the Ministry’s website for more information on requests for orders under section 16of the Environmental Assessment Act.
All personal information included in your request – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, under the authority of section 30 of the Environmental Assessment Act and is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public.
Any personal information submitted will be collected, used and disclosed, where applicable, by members of Regional staff according to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy ActAny information you share will only be used for the intended purpose for which it was provided.
For questions or comments about privacy practices, or for more information about the administration of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in Niagara Region programs, see Freedom of Information and Open Government.
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