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

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Project Overview:

As a result of high-water levels and isolated flooding during the Spring of 2017 and 2019, sections of the Town’s shoreline roads have deteriorated and eroded. This has resulted in significant damage to both the road surface and foundation.

During that time, voluntary emergency evacuations were issued to 50 of the 120 homes located along the shoreline. While emergency repairs to the shoreline and road are ongoing, there are still long-term improvements and climate adaptation actions required.

Following the 2017 and 2019 flooding events, the Town completed several studies to identify the existing condition and potential future solutions for the lakeshore roads and related shoreline improvement needs in order to develop a long-term adaptation plan.

To date, the Town has completed a Shoreline Protection Condition Assessment and, through correspondence with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, has identified hazards along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The Town is currently finalizing the Flooding and Erosion Emergency Response Plan as well, which will ensure operational plans and communication to impacted residents is formalized. The Town has also recently completed a Corporate Climate Adaptation Plan that identified the Lakeshore Road shoreline as a priority. It is intended that the design will incorporate adaptation measures for the increased lake levels and impacts of waves and/or freeze/thaw cycles.

The next step of the process is to complete a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to identify and evaluate alternative solutions. This MCEA will also determine a recommended plan for the shoreline roads and enhance the resilience for access on lakeshore roads and their associated shoreline improvements. In 2021, the Town retained WSP to undertake this MCEA. The study area for this MCEA can be found below:

The completion of the MCEA for the Lakeshore Roads and Shoreline Improvements, and the design and construction of the identified recommended plan are aligned with the Town’s priorities as determined by the Town’s Corporate Climate Adaptation Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Active Transportation Master Strategy.

As part of the EA process, WSP will complete field investigations to document existing conditions including:

  • Natural environment inventorying of animal/bird/fish surveys
  • Agriculture investigations
  • Socio-economic investigations
  • Site contamination overview
  • Archeological and built heritage investigations

Mitigation Plan:

To address the identified flood hazards, the Town is proposing the development of a mitigation plan that will include the two (2) Project components described below:

1. The Environmental Assessment (EA) will identify and analyze possible flood mitigation measures, discuss best practices, and recommend measures to reduce flood risks for the lakeshore/shoreline roads. It will also review land acquisition requirements. Ultimately, the EA will identify shoreline improvements that are recommended which may include road relocations.

The MCEA will be comprised of the following four phases:

  • EA Phase 1: Problem or Opportunity
  • EA Phase 2: Alternative Solutions
  • EA Phase 3: Alternative Design Concepts for Preferred Solution
  • EA Phase 4: Environmental Study Report

2. The development of community education and awareness materials. These materials will inform residents about flood prone areas and ways residents can minimize risk on their property.

These materials will, at a minimum; provide information on:

  • Emergency contacts
  • Types of flooding and flooding prevention (key areas along shoreline)
  • What to do before a flood (flood proofing, sump pump inspections, preparing a go-kit, insurance considerations)
  • What to do during a flood (including measures for both evacuation and sheltering in-place)
  • What to do after a flood (clean-up procedures, safety precautions, food safety, disposal of materials, replacement of documents)
  • Health considerations
  • Repairing your home
  • Grant and subsidy programs
  • Flooding checklist

The Environmental Assessment and public education materials will benefit the geographic area and the surrounding community in many ways. This two-pronged approach ensures that mitigation planning considers all vulnerable areas of the shoreline in some capacity.

This project will also include the development of a provisional enhanced conceptual design for the preferred solutions. This will include the collection of all project related information into a report and drawings. This stage will form the basis for continuing into the detailed design stage.

The project will examine connectivity to the areas of the shoreline where improvements are needed, which act as major points of access for blue and green spaces. This will result in increased active transportation benefits for the residents within the EA study area, and also by those outside of these neighbourhoods.


Public Engagement:

Public engagement is an important component of the MCEA, and the Town will work with, consult, and engage with interested stakeholders, including the public, landowners, and regulatory agencies, throughout the course of the study.

At this time, the Project Team is reviewing public and stakeholder feedback in order to finalize the preferred alternative and prepare the final draft of the Environmental Assessment Report (ESR). It is anticipated that the ESR will be completed and filed for a 30-day public review period in Summer 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.

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 #1

The first of two Public Information Centres (PICs) was held virtually via Zoom on October 5, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The goal of this PIC was to provide an opportunity for the public to review the environmental existing conditions and alternative design concepts, provide comments, and discuss concerns and issues with the Project Team. The PIC #1 presentation, summary report and recording can be found on the right side of the page and has also been sent to the project mailing list. The PIC Survey related to PIC #1, was open until October 20, 2021.

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #2

The second Public Information Centre (PIC), was held virtually via Zoom on December 7, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The goal of this PIC was to provide an opportunity for the public to review the evaluation of the alternative design concepts and the Preliminary Preferred Alternatives for each of the seven sections, as well as to provide feedback to the Project Team. The PIC #2 presentation, summary report, and recording can be found on the right side of the page. The PIC Survey related to PIC #2, was open until January 14, 2022.

How to participate:

  • E-mail LakeshoreEAs@lincoln.ca or call 905-563-2799 ext. 234 to have your name added to the project mailing list; provide any comments, questions, or concerns about the study; or to request a meeting with the Project Team to discuss property specific questions, utilities, or comments

Further Details:

This study will follow the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) for a Schedule ‘C’ project following the requirements outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association MCEA manual (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015). This is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. This MCEA will be completed with a focus on the analysis of the social, environmental, and economic impacts of each alternative solution in order to determine a preferred solution. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) and the Access to Information Act, comments and information regarding this project, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

The Town of Lincoln values engaging with residents and welcomes receiving feedback on service delivery and projects. The health and safety of our employees and community is paramount. In accordance with the Town’s Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy, Town staff will not tolerate any form of violence and harassment in our facilities or through online platforms. Where threatening behaviour is observed over the telephone, in-person or online, Town staff will terminate the communications after giving due warning of the intention to do so, as required. Thank you for your consideration and remaining respectful as we work together.

Project Overview:

As a result of high-water levels and isolated flooding during the Spring of 2017 and 2019, sections of the Town’s shoreline roads have deteriorated and eroded. This has resulted in significant damage to both the road surface and foundation.

During that time, voluntary emergency evacuations were issued to 50 of the 120 homes located along the shoreline. While emergency repairs to the shoreline and road are ongoing, there are still long-term improvements and climate adaptation actions required.

Following the 2017 and 2019 flooding events, the Town completed several studies to identify the existing condition and potential future solutions for the lakeshore roads and related shoreline improvement needs in order to develop a long-term adaptation plan.

To date, the Town has completed a Shoreline Protection Condition Assessment and, through correspondence with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, has identified hazards along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The Town is currently finalizing the Flooding and Erosion Emergency Response Plan as well, which will ensure operational plans and communication to impacted residents is formalized. The Town has also recently completed a Corporate Climate Adaptation Plan that identified the Lakeshore Road shoreline as a priority. It is intended that the design will incorporate adaptation measures for the increased lake levels and impacts of waves and/or freeze/thaw cycles.

The next step of the process is to complete a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to identify and evaluate alternative solutions. This MCEA will also determine a recommended plan for the shoreline roads and enhance the resilience for access on lakeshore roads and their associated shoreline improvements. In 2021, the Town retained WSP to undertake this MCEA. The study area for this MCEA can be found below:

The completion of the MCEA for the Lakeshore Roads and Shoreline Improvements, and the design and construction of the identified recommended plan are aligned with the Town’s priorities as determined by the Town’s Corporate Climate Adaptation Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Active Transportation Master Strategy.

As part of the EA process, WSP will complete field investigations to document existing conditions including:

  • Natural environment inventorying of animal/bird/fish surveys
  • Agriculture investigations
  • Socio-economic investigations
  • Site contamination overview
  • Archeological and built heritage investigations

Mitigation Plan:

To address the identified flood hazards, the Town is proposing the development of a mitigation plan that will include the two (2) Project components described below:

1. The Environmental Assessment (EA) will identify and analyze possible flood mitigation measures, discuss best practices, and recommend measures to reduce flood risks for the lakeshore/shoreline roads. It will also review land acquisition requirements. Ultimately, the EA will identify shoreline improvements that are recommended which may include road relocations.

The MCEA will be comprised of the following four phases:

  • EA Phase 1: Problem or Opportunity
  • EA Phase 2: Alternative Solutions
  • EA Phase 3: Alternative Design Concepts for Preferred Solution
  • EA Phase 4: Environmental Study Report

2. The development of community education and awareness materials. These materials will inform residents about flood prone areas and ways residents can minimize risk on their property.

These materials will, at a minimum; provide information on:

  • Emergency contacts
  • Types of flooding and flooding prevention (key areas along shoreline)
  • What to do before a flood (flood proofing, sump pump inspections, preparing a go-kit, insurance considerations)
  • What to do during a flood (including measures for both evacuation and sheltering in-place)
  • What to do after a flood (clean-up procedures, safety precautions, food safety, disposal of materials, replacement of documents)
  • Health considerations
  • Repairing your home
  • Grant and subsidy programs
  • Flooding checklist

The Environmental Assessment and public education materials will benefit the geographic area and the surrounding community in many ways. This two-pronged approach ensures that mitigation planning considers all vulnerable areas of the shoreline in some capacity.

This project will also include the development of a provisional enhanced conceptual design for the preferred solutions. This will include the collection of all project related information into a report and drawings. This stage will form the basis for continuing into the detailed design stage.

The project will examine connectivity to the areas of the shoreline where improvements are needed, which act as major points of access for blue and green spaces. This will result in increased active transportation benefits for the residents within the EA study area, and also by those outside of these neighbourhoods.


Public Engagement:

Public engagement is an important component of the MCEA, and the Town will work with, consult, and engage with interested stakeholders, including the public, landowners, and regulatory agencies, throughout the course of the study.

At this time, the Project Team is reviewing public and stakeholder feedback in order to finalize the preferred alternative and prepare the final draft of the Environmental Assessment Report (ESR). It is anticipated that the ESR will be completed and filed for a 30-day public review period in Summer 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.

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 #1

The first of two Public Information Centres (PICs) was held virtually via Zoom on October 5, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The goal of this PIC was to provide an opportunity for the public to review the environmental existing conditions and alternative design concepts, provide comments, and discuss concerns and issues with the Project Team. The PIC #1 presentation, summary report and recording can be found on the right side of the page and has also been sent to the project mailing list. The PIC Survey related to PIC #1, was open until October 20, 2021.

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #2

The second Public Information Centre (PIC), was held virtually via Zoom on December 7, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The goal of this PIC was to provide an opportunity for the public to review the evaluation of the alternative design concepts and the Preliminary Preferred Alternatives for each of the seven sections, as well as to provide feedback to the Project Team. The PIC #2 presentation, summary report, and recording can be found on the right side of the page. The PIC Survey related to PIC #2, was open until January 14, 2022.

How to participate:

  • E-mail LakeshoreEAs@lincoln.ca or call 905-563-2799 ext. 234 to have your name added to the project mailing list; provide any comments, questions, or concerns about the study; or to request a meeting with the Project Team to discuss property specific questions, utilities, or comments

Further Details:

This study will follow the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) for a Schedule ‘C’ project following the requirements outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association MCEA manual (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015). This is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. This MCEA will be completed with a focus on the analysis of the social, environmental, and economic impacts of each alternative solution in order to determine a preferred solution. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) and the Access to Information Act, comments and information regarding this project, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

The Town of Lincoln values engaging with residents and welcomes receiving feedback on service delivery and projects. The health and safety of our employees and community is paramount. In accordance with the Town’s Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy, Town staff will not tolerate any form of violence and harassment in our facilities or through online platforms. Where threatening behaviour is observed over the telephone, in-person or online, Town staff will terminate the communications after giving due warning of the intention to do so, as required. Thank you for your consideration and remaining respectful as we work together.

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    I am concerned about how the Preferred Solution may impact my property value. What can the Town do about this?

    22 days ago

    Property values are assessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. Property values are based on several criteria, and modifications to properties may or may not have significant impact on property values.

    At this time, it is unknown whether the Preliminary Preferred Alternative will or will not have impacts on property values. MPAC property assessment updates are not expected until 2024.

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    Some property owners have neglected to take care of the shoreline on their property. Why are they benefitting from the outcomes of this project?

    22 days ago

    The Town of Lincoln has a responsibility to provide safe and sustainable access to shoreline while not significantly impacting the environment. Through this extensive EA process, the Town has determined a Preliminary Preferred Alternative that takes many factors into account and not to benefit one particular residence.

    Along the approximately 7km of roads which are primarily privately owned, there have been several issues relating to shoreline protection which have lead to requiring this EA process.

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    Have you taken public input into account when determining a Preferred Solution for the Environmental Assessment Process?

    22 days ago

    Community engagement and input is very important to the Town of Lincoln. Extensive public consultation has taken place on this project, including liaising with more than 200 stakeholders as part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.

    The Town is required to consider all components holistically when determining a Preferred Solution, as regulated by the Provincial government’s EA Process. This process is designed to remove political influence from the decision-making. In addition to resident comments, the preferred alternative and detail design will be finalized with the holistic consideration of several criteria including:

    • environmental and hydrological impacts;  
    • planning policies, regional policies;
    • socio-economic impacts;*
    • emergency access;
    • traffic safety; 
    • impacts to property lands;
    • impacts to agricultural lands;
    • greenhouses and operations;
    • impacts to septic beds; and
    • high lifecycle and property costs.

    *Public input is incorporated into the socio-economic criterion.

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    How are these solutions being funded? Why is taxpayer money going towards this project?

    22 days ago

    The Town of Lincoln has spent almost $2 million on emergency, temporary repairs on private property, and through life cycle costing, the Town has determined that the cost of inaction will be greater than funding solutions to protect the shoreline.

    Funding a shoreline protection program in fact protects taxpayer dollars by providing a long-term solution to shoreline erosion and the impacts of climate change, and demonstrates accountable, responsible government.

    The Town is also working with partners, for example the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, to lobby for private funding that residents can apply for to ensure further shoreline protection on their properties. This is one of the ways we are seeking multiple avenues to mitigate the effects of climate change. 

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    I have concerns about the proposed driveway and turnaround locations. Why are you adding this in?

    22 days ago

    Proper turnarounds are required so that we can continue to access the area and provide necessary services. Vehicles that need access include emergency, waste and road/winter maintenance vehicles, as well as delivery trucks which require an adequate radius to safely turn around.

    While the turnaround locations have been determined, specific details will be set at the design stage, and we will continue to work directly with impacted residents to consider everyone’s needs.  

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    I own a property on Lake Ontario in your jurisdiction ( between Martin and Thirty Road). If I construct a shore wall to protect the land, do I get any subsidy from Town of Lincoln or Ontario Government. Please advise

    Pavneet Virk asked 27 days ago

    Thank you for your question. 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 the responsibility of the property owner. The Town is a part of the Great Lakes Commission, which is lobbying to both Canadian and Federal provincial governments to provide support for private property owners. As an extension of this project, further information on protection and mitigation alternatives will be provided to residents.

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    Will the Waterfront Trail finally be signed and directed to this section of Lincoln's waterfront? This is a public road, with a shoreline to be enhanced with public money, it is time to open our waterfront up more to active transportation opportunities for locals and tourists alike. as each road within this scope of work, is 66 feet of public access to Lake Ontario, will "Windows to the Lake" be incorporated in the designs, allowing places for stopping, resting and enjoying the view. And as for the signage, Lincoln was told years ago by the Waterfront Trail Trust, all they have to do is ask, and the trail can be signed and mapped along this waterfront. If the shoreline improvement is to go further west, then extend the Lakeshore Road too, to continue the connection, even if it means buying more land.

    Brian Jaworsky asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. As noted during PIC #1, public access points would only be considered if the road was relocated inland as the Town would like to provide lake access to the public. The goal of providing lookouts would  be to incorporate active transportation rest stops, and parking would not be supported at these locations. We encourage those who are looking for a more extended stay or parking to visit Charles Daley Park instead.

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    How do we contact the Town for one-on-one meetings?

    8 months ago

    The Town is offering a limited number of 20-minute meetings (over the phone or virtually via MS Teams) to residents, business owners, or property owners within the study area to discuss property-specific concerns only. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will not be held in-person or on-site. To request a meeting, please complete the PIC #2 Survey. The survey will remain open until January 14, 2022.

    Please note that as we are still early in the proposal process, the Project Team does not have information on exact driveway locations, concerns related to private infrastructure (ex. septic systems), utility relocations (ex. hydro), or costs for property acquisitions. These will be addressed with individual property owners during the detailed design phase. This phase is expected to begin in 2022-2023, and property owners will be contacted by the Town. 

    For the most up to date information, please visit speakuplincoln.ca and the project’s frequently asked questions. For all other inquires (e.g. regarding the EA process, general comments, field studies etc.), please e-mail lakeshoreEAs@lincoln.ca or call 905-563-2799 ext. 234.


    We are currently experiencing a very large volume of calls and emails. If you have requested to be added to the email mailing list, your contact information has been updated for all future correspondence. If you provided comments/feedback, please be assured that it has been forwarded to the Project Team for review and consideration. For all other inquiries, a team member will respond the week of January 10, 2022. We greatly appreciate your patience. Please note that Town Hall is closed December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022. 
    The Town of Lincoln values engaging with residents and welcomes receiving feedback on service delivery and projects.  The health and safety of our employees and community is paramount.  In accordance with the Town’s Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy, Town staff will not tolerate any form of violence and harassment in our facilities or through online platforms.  Where threatening behaviour is observed over the telephone, in-person or online, Town staff will terminate the communications after giving due warning of the intention to do so, as required. Thank you for your consideration and remaining respectful as we work together.


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    When is the deadline to submit comments or questions?

    6 months ago

    Public engagement is an important component of the MCEA, and the Town will work with, consult, and engage with interested stakeholders, including the public, landowners, and regulatory agencies, throughout the course of the study.  At this time, the public is invited to provide feedback on the project. Comments will be reviewed and considered when identifying the preferred alternative and preparing the final draft of the Environmental Assessment Report. 

    To participate in the project, please:

    • Complete the PIC #2 Survey with comments related to PIC #2. The survey will remain open until January 14, 2022 
    • Visit speakuplincoln.ca to access background information, study updates, frequently asked questions, next steps, or ask a question
    • Email lakeshoreEAs@lincoln.ca or call 905-563-2799 ext. 234 to provide any additional comments, questions, or concerns about the study. Your input is welcome at any time (even after the survey closes on January 14, 2022)


    We are currently experiencing a very large volume of calls and emails. If you have requested to be added to the email mailing list, your contact information has been updated for all future correspondence. If you provided comments/feedback, please be assured that it has been forwarded to the Project Team for review and consideration. For all other inquiries, a team member will respond the week of January 10, 2022. We greatly appreciate your patience. Please note that Town Hall is closed December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022. 

     The Town of Lincoln values engaging with residents and welcomes receiving feedback on service delivery and projects.  The health and safety of our employees and community is paramount.  In accordance with the Town’s Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy, Town staff will not tolerate any form of violence and harassment in our facilities or through online platforms.  Where threatening behaviour is observed over the telephone, in-person or online, Town staff will terminate the communications after giving due warning of the intention to do so, as required. Thank you for your consideration and remaining respectful as we work together.

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    If the owner does not maintain the property and erosion occurs affecting the road, the Town can expropriate the land and install protection. This would avoid impacts on property owners that maintain their properties effectively. Why is it not an option to keep the road located where it is and take this approach instead?

    8 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 related to the Town’s need to ensure residents/emergency services have safe ingress and egress. If the alternative to maintain the existing road and install shoreline protection works is selected, the Town will acquire the land under the road, and between the road and shoreline. Property owners will likely lose the structures (ex. decks) on the north side of the road as the Town cannot maintain these structures for properties (ex. liability concerns). All current structures would need to be removed to keep the road where it currently is. The Town will look at all impacts – socioeconomic, agriculture, natural habitat etc. in the EA process.

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