City staff conduct studies to produce research on important topics. Findings are presented to the public and council for consideration.
An environmental assessment is a process to predict environmental effects of proposed initiatives before they are carried out.
The Adelaide Street North Environmental Assessment was initiated to:
The City of London is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment to address climate change resiliency improvements for the Adelaide Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The Arva to Huron water transmission main is a critical and important asset to the City as it is the primary route to provide water to the City of London. This study includes an assessment of the potential need to widen the existing transmission main easement to continue ongoing monitoring of the condition of the watermain and for potential maintenance, repair or replacement of the existing watermain.
The Biosolids Management Master Plan is a long-term plan that will look at how the City is currently managing and treating biosolids at our five wastewater treatment plants and guides how we will continue to meet the demands of our growing community over the next 30 years.
The Bostwick Road Environmental Assessment was initiated to consider realigning Bostwick Road west of Wharncliffe Road to increase capacity, accessibility and better serve all areas of the city – changes that were previously recommended by the City’s Transportation Master Plan and the Southwest Area Plan.
Through the Commissioners Road West Realignment Environmental Assessment, the project team looked at the possibility of realigning Commissioners Road west at the intersection of Springbank Drive and Byron Baseline Road to Cranbrook Road.
The Dingman Creek subwatershed is located in Middlesex County with 74% of the area within the City of London. The Dingman Creek Environmental Assessment is the most important stormwater study that will be completed by the City for the next 15 years. The recommendations of the Dingman Creek Environmental Assessment are intended to mitigate the impact of future development on water resources and to remediate the subwatershed, with consideration for current and potential flooding, erosion concerns, as well as wildlife/aquatic habitat and natural corridor enhancement.
To better serve the new development, the Dingman Drive Environmental Assessment was initiated to consider improvements to Dingman Drive from Wellington Road to Highway 401 and improvements to the intersection of Dingman Drive and White Oak Road.
The City of London is planning for future growth and development expected on the east end of the City, within the Vauxhall and Pottersburg wastewater treatment plant sewer sheds.
The Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street Intersection Environmental Assessment explored a variety of planning solutions to address the challenges in the area. Through the Environmental Study Report, several intersection improvements were recommended that aligned with the Transportation Master Plan’s recommendations.
Due to London's growth, the City is looking at solutions to help accommodate the increasing amount of traffic by improving this intersection and addressing the safety concerns of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The City of London is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment to address climate change resiliency improvements for the Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The Highbury and Hamilton Road Intersection Environmental Assessment explored a variety of planning solutions to address the challenges in the area. Through the Environmental Study Report, intersection improvements were recommended that aligned with the Transportation Master Plan's recommendations.
This study examines 96 hectares of future development lands in the Kilally neighbourhood in London’s north-east end. This study assesses natural heritage, archeological, geotechnical and hydrogeological site conditions to ensure a holistic stormwater management approach to servicing the area.
The City of London is supplied with water from both the Lake Huron Regional Water Supply System and the Elgin Area Water Supply System (Lake Erie).
To address future water storage needs, the City is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to determine a preferred site (or sites) for additional water storage to meet future growth and ongoing emergency supply and distribution needs.
The One River EA will consider the area historically influenced by the Springbank Dam. This environmental assessment will provide a plan that coordinates critical infrastructure projects in ways that preserve the Thames River for future generations, and allows people of all abilities to enjoy and access this designated Canadian Heritage River.
This study builds on the City’s 2030 Transportation Master Plan and Cycling Master Plan to develop and review options to widen Oxford Street West from two to four lanes, improve intersection operations including consideration of roundabouts, and improve pedestrian and cycling facilities through the corridor. The potential need to widen the Thames River Bridge will also be reviewed.
The intersection of Oxford Street West and Gideon Drive has seen an increase in traffic volume in recent years, because of development growth, including the recent extension of Kains Road. With further growth anticipated in the area, the intersection no longer has the capacity to accommodate current and future traffic demand.
This environmental assessment will look at solutions to improve the safety of the intersection, while also considering future growth and demand.
The City of London is developing an updated Pollution Prevention Control Plan (PPCP). The PPCP will be a 5-year action plan that outlines remediation activities and strategies to proactively manage the wastewater system in London, while demonstrating that the wastewater system meets the requirements set out by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks.
A portion of the Pottersburg Creek Trunk Sanitary Sewer is in poor condition between the Clarke Road Sanitary Pumping Station and where Pottersburg Creek crosses Dundas Street. Due to accessibility constraints of the existing location of the trunk sewer (located along Pottersburg Creek, and passing through multiple private properties), the City has proposed to realign the Pottersburg Creek Trunk Sanitary Sewer to locate it within City-owned right of way.
To plan for the future, the City is developing a long term Residual Waste Disposal Strategy. The Strategy involves the development of a long-term plan to manage residual waste and involves completion of an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) as prescribed by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The individual EA requires approval by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The Resource Recovery Strategy involves the development of a plan to maximize waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery in an economical viable and environmentally responsible manner.
The 60% Waste Diversion Action Plan is a standalone plan and part of the larger Resource Recovery Strategy. The City’s Action Plan proposes a set of actions to achieve 60% waste diversion of residential waste by the end of 2022.
The Southdale Road West and Bostwick Road Environmental Assessment looked at road improvements for Southdale Road West between Pine Valley Boulevard and Colonel Talbot Road. This study also looked at road enhancements to Bostwick Road from Southdale Road West to Pack Road to support future development in that region.
The Southdale Road West and Wickerson Road Environmental Assessment explored a variety of planning solutions to address the challenges on Southdale Road West between Boler and Wickerson Roads.
The Sunningdale Road Environmental Assessment was initiated to explore solutions to address challenges along Sunningdale Road, between Wonderland Road North and Adelaide Street North, including safety, traffic congestion, comfort and convenience, speed and travel time.
The Victoria Bridge Environmental Assessment was initiated to evaluate rehabilitation or replacement alternatives for the bridge to address its general structure and the need to safely accommodate all road users.
The City of London is undertaking a Wastewater Treatment Operations Master Plan to develop a long-term plan for the City’s wasterwater infrastructure, including its pumping stations and treatment plants.
The Western Road and Sarnia Road / Philip Aziz Avenue Environmental Assessment was initiated to explore solutions to the challenges in this area, including looking at:
The City is looking for solutions to improve Windermere Road from Western Road to Doon Drive by identifying the needs and balancing the requirements of the full range of potential users within the community including users of all ages and abilities, pedestrians, cyclists, transit vehicles and motorists.
The Wonderland Road Environmental Assessment was initiated to consider in greater detail:
The Kensington Bridge is a 90-year-old structure that that crosses over the North Branch of the Thames River. The bridge carries two lanes of east bound traffic on Riverside Drive and includes cantilevered sidewalks that are supported on the exterior of both trusses. Given the age of the structure, and repair needs, the City of London, in partnership with its consultant, AECOM, has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study to identify, evaluate and determine the best long-term rehabilitation or replacement alternative solution and design concept for the Kensington Bridge.