Lakeshore Roads Martin Rd N to Victoria Ave N Improvements - Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study

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As a result of high-water levels and isolated flooding events during the spring of 2017 and 2019, sections of the Town of Lincoln shoreline have deteriorated. This has resulted in significant damage to the road surface and foundations of Lakeshore Road and Verity Lane.

The residents within the project area were issued voluntary evacuation notices during the 2017 and the 2019 flooding events as emergency services were unable to access these areas during the events. While emergency repairs to the shoreline and road are ongoing, there are still long term improvements and climate adaptation actions required.

This Environmental Assessment (EA) will identify the preferred solution to allow for continued access to properties in the study area. Following the completion of the EA and conceptual design, a project to complete the detailed design will begin.


Project Overview:

This project requires the completion of a Schedule B Class EA to identify a solution that will provide adaptation and resiliency measures so that access to all properties along the lakeshore (between Martin Ave N and Victoria Ave N) is maintained. The Class EA will complete all necessary environmental studies to meet necessary regulations.

Solutions to be considered will include:

  • shoreline improvements
  • road relocation

All solutions will be evaluated from a technical feasibility, climate adaptation/resiliency, environmental, social and financial perspectives.

During the Class Environmental Assessment, a Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on June 23, 2021 with the impacted residents to provide an overview of the considered solutions and the proposed evaluations. Residents were able to provide feedback on the project and comments were reviewed and considered before preparing the final draft of the Environmental Assessment Report.


Project Update:

The background studies, evaluations and the Project File Report (PFR) have been completed. The evaluation takes into consideration a number of items including social, environmental, agricultural and financial impacts.

In accordance with the MCEA process, the PFR is being made available for a 30-day comment period starting on June 23, 2022 and ending on July 24, 2022.

A Notice of Completion will be emailed to the project email list and will be published on speakuplincoln.ca, in local newspapers, and on social media.

Specific property impacts (e.g. driveway locations) and exact road location will be completed during the detailed design phase of the project. The Town will continue to work closely with residents during the design and construction phases.

You are also encouraged to visit this page regularly to view project information including study notices, background information, and study updates. You can also submit comments and questions to the Project Team using the methods outlined on this website.


Public Information Centre - June 23, 2021:

A recording of this virtual PIC is available on the right side of this page. A copy of the presentation slides is available here or on the right side of this page.

  • Impacted residents received written notice the week of June 7, 2021 with details regarding the PIC
  • This notice provided residents with details on how to participate in the PIC and the overall goals of the PIC
  • The PIC was an open house format
    • Members of the project team including Town staff and GHD consultants were be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public

Please note that due to current Provincial Restrictions, this PIC was held virtually, on Zoom.


As a result of high-water levels and isolated flooding events during the spring of 2017 and 2019, sections of the Town of Lincoln shoreline have deteriorated. This has resulted in significant damage to the road surface and foundations of Lakeshore Road and Verity Lane.

The residents within the project area were issued voluntary evacuation notices during the 2017 and the 2019 flooding events as emergency services were unable to access these areas during the events. While emergency repairs to the shoreline and road are ongoing, there are still long term improvements and climate adaptation actions required.

This Environmental Assessment (EA) will identify the preferred solution to allow for continued access to properties in the study area. Following the completion of the EA and conceptual design, a project to complete the detailed design will begin.


Project Overview:

This project requires the completion of a Schedule B Class EA to identify a solution that will provide adaptation and resiliency measures so that access to all properties along the lakeshore (between Martin Ave N and Victoria Ave N) is maintained. The Class EA will complete all necessary environmental studies to meet necessary regulations.

Solutions to be considered will include:

  • shoreline improvements
  • road relocation

All solutions will be evaluated from a technical feasibility, climate adaptation/resiliency, environmental, social and financial perspectives.

During the Class Environmental Assessment, a Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on June 23, 2021 with the impacted residents to provide an overview of the considered solutions and the proposed evaluations. Residents were able to provide feedback on the project and comments were reviewed and considered before preparing the final draft of the Environmental Assessment Report.


Project Update:

The background studies, evaluations and the Project File Report (PFR) have been completed. The evaluation takes into consideration a number of items including social, environmental, agricultural and financial impacts.

In accordance with the MCEA process, the PFR is being made available for a 30-day comment period starting on June 23, 2022 and ending on July 24, 2022.

A Notice of Completion will be emailed to the project email list and will be published on speakuplincoln.ca, in local newspapers, and on social media.

Specific property impacts (e.g. driveway locations) and exact road location will be completed during the detailed design phase of the project. The Town will continue to work closely with residents during the design and construction phases.

You are also encouraged to visit this page regularly to view project information including study notices, background information, and study updates. You can also submit comments and questions to the Project Team using the methods outlined on this website.


Public Information Centre - June 23, 2021:

A recording of this virtual PIC is available on the right side of this page. A copy of the presentation slides is available here or on the right side of this page.

  • Impacted residents received written notice the week of June 7, 2021 with details regarding the PIC
  • This notice provided residents with details on how to participate in the PIC and the overall goals of the PIC
  • The PIC was an open house format
    • Members of the project team including Town staff and GHD consultants were be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public

Please note that due to current Provincial Restrictions, this PIC was held virtually, on Zoom.


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    Is one plan going to be chosen for all Martin Rd. to Thirty Rd.lakefront properties or will each block be dealt with individually ?

    MaggieMoore asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Each section for the areas between Martin Rd and Thirty Rd will be reviewed individually.

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    What is Town doing to other side of Martin Road?

    11 months ago

    There will be another Environmental Assessment (EA) studying Durham Road N to Martin Road N . Each section is being reviewed and evaluated based on same criteria

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    Would property owners be responsible for shoreline protection if the road is relocated?

    11 months ago

    In most cases, property owners already own the lakeshore, while the Town only owns the asphalt portion of the road. Shoreline protection and maintenance is already the responsibility of the property owner. The Town is not currently responsible and emergency works done in 2017 and 2019 were in a ‘grey’ area of responsibility.

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    Property owners should be responsible for their own property to save the road it’s only the farm land that has erosion problems all the homeowners are looking after their own properties

    Mike S asked 9 months ago

    Hi Mike,

    If the Town moves forward with road relocation, the current Lakeshore Road will be removed and revegetated. In these situations, the responsibility for protecting the shoreline will fall on the landowner, and the land beneath the current road to the shoreline will continue to be owned by the landowner.

    Please continue to visit speakuplincoln.ca for Project updates.

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    Who will pay for the new Road town of Lincoln has no money to do this

    Mike S asked 9 months ago

    Hi Mike,


    In terms of cost, the Town is looking at a number of funding opportunities including grants and levies. A significant amount of money has already been spent on emergency repairs, so the Town is considering this project from a lifecycle cost perspective. 

    Please continue to visit speakuplincoln.ca for Project updates.


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    What will be the new Lakeshore Road surface?

    11 months ago

    The new road surface would be asphalt with a granular shoulder, similar to what is currently in place.

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    Would Lakeshore Road be one lane or two lanes?

    11 months ago

    The road would be widened to be a standard two lane road (one lane in each direction), similar to other rural roads in the Town.

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    Does the Town have the ability to expropriate land if the Lakeshore Road portion is relocated to the south?

    11 months ago

    Yes the Town does have that ability. The Town’s preference is to work will all property owners and discuss all concerns with the property owners in one-on-one meetings.

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    Is retaining a legal professional the next step for the land acquisition process?

    11 months ago

    Yes, through the enhanced conceptual design Town will have details to present to property owners to move forward in the process.

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    Was there an option that relocates the road further south?

    11 months ago

    Yes, Alternative #5 Relocate Lakeshore Road (Southern Alignment) suggests moving the road further south to try to impact agriculture minimally. However, this would not be favorable due to additional negative impacts. Assessing the financial impacts to agriculture includes assessing capital and operation costs over 50 years.

Page last updated: 23 Jun 2022, 11:14 AM