Port Albert Servicing Master Plan

The Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh initiated a Master Plan for Servicing the village of Port Albert in May 2018.

The purpose of a completed Master Plan would be to provide a system-wide approach to infrastructure planning to allow for proper drainage when development occurs within the Study Area.

Service Area Map

Why do we need a Servicing Master Plan?

A Servicing Master Plan is a road map for all future development decisions in the Port Albert Settlement area. This is a dynamic long-term plan that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development while at the same time improving on the existing infrastructure and drainage. This plan ensures that as development occurs in Port Albert that infrastructure needs are being met in the most effective and efficient manner while considering the environmental, social, and economic impact on the community.

The Purpose

The purpose of a Servicing Master Plan is to identify long range plans which integrate infrastructure requirements for existing and future land use with environmental assessment planning principles. These plans examine an infrastructure system, or group of related projects, to outline a framework for planning for subsequent projects and/or developments.

Master planning provides the Township with a broad framework through which the need and justification for specific projects can be established such that the environmental assessment process can be satisfied when development occurs.

A completed Master Plan would provide a system-wide approach to infrastructure planning to allow for proper drainage when development occurs within the Study Area. The work is to focus on optimizing each system to best service existing customers, and expand the systems to service future growth upon applications for development.

The Process

The Servicing Master Plan is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. Master Plan projects incorporate Phases 1 & 2 of the Class EA process and also include consultation with the general public, government review agencies First Nation and Métis communities, and affected property owners.

A descriptive or qualitative evaluation was completed by BMROSS to consider the suitability of alternative solutions/strategies, and identify significant advantages and disadvantages with respect to social/cultural, natural environment, public health and safety, economic/financial, legal/jurisdictional and technical evaluation criteria.

Studies Completed during Phase 1

  • Engineering Investigation of Study Area
  • Natural Heritage Assessment of Woodlot Areas
  • Drainage Assessment of Study Area

Studies Completed during Phase 2

  • Hydrogeological Review
  • Species at Risk Assessment of Study Area
  • Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment
  • Engineering review of Sewage and Water Servicing

Current Recommendations

Sewage and Water Servicing

  • Do nothing for Sewage and Water Servicing
    • Rationale
      • Financial impact to residents would be significant
      • No evidence of significant issues with existing sewage and water systems
      • Hydrogeology of study area supports existing sewage and water systems
      • Septic inspection program could be developed to address aging septic systems within the community

Existing Road and Drainage Infrastructure

  • Reconstruct roads to an urban design standard (similar to London Rd)
  • Develop minimum standard for grading, drainage and lot sizes

Future Development Areas

  • Develop a phasing plan for road and drainage infrastructure improvements
  • Confirm locations and standards for drainage/road infrastructure
  • Use location 3 if SWM pond is preferred or install stormceptors at key locations within the drainage system

Additional Recommendations

  • Address potential impacts to Bobolink and Meadowlark habitat
  • Complete Stage 2 Archaeological Assessments prior to construction, based on Stage 1 Report Recommendations
  • Investigate tree saving measures along Ashfield Street
  • Provide Beach Access at new storm outlet at Ashfield
  • Develop policy for maintenance of storm outlets
  • Recommend that wildlife corridors be developed in conjunction with proposed development plans
  • Consider adding a charge to the properties discharging to the Port Albert Drain, for possible upgrades –properties on Sydenham South and Wellington South (~25 parcels)
  • Use Stormceptors for Ashfield SWM

For more information on the recommendations provided please view BMROSS Presentation to Council August 2021 and updated Cost Summary. All presentations and project related information are available below. 

September 27, 2021 Public Meeting

Video Presentation for Public Meeting 

Project Costs as presented during the video presentation are also available in pdf. form below under documents.

Next Steps

  • Collect input from Public Meeting and review with ACW Staff
  • Modify report recommendations based on feedback
  • Finalize Financing Approaches and Cost Estimates
  • Finalize Master Plan Report
  • Council Adoption of Master Plan
  • Consider inclusion of Master Plan Recommendations in ACW Official Plan
  • Make Final Report Available to Public

Historical Documents

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