No shortcuts to the environment on Bradford Bypass – Keffer
Statement on the Highway 400-404 Connecting Link from Bradford Mayor Rob Keffer
This is a critical piece of infrastructure, and the need for the Highway 400-404 Connecting Link (also known as the Bradford Bypass) has been definitively proven through extensive public consultation as well as technical studies. As a farmer and conservationist I am confident the Provincial Government is undertaking all due diligence, including some 15 Environmental Studies that are being done in order to update the EA.”
Because of traffic congestion in our area, and the impact on our residents, our Town wanted to find out what our residents thought:
On December 12 and 13, 2016, the independent agency First Contact was retained by the Town to conduct an automated survey of BWG residents regarding their attitudes toward the proposed Highway 400-404 Connecting Link.
The results show 85% of residents favour or strongly favour construction, while 10% are undecided and just under 5% oppose construction. Support for the project is strongest among the 72% of residents who reported they are very familiar or somewhat familiar with the project. Seventy-six percent of respondents believe that the project will deliver the benefits of smog and congestion reduction.
I know there has been concern about the Provincial Government’s changes to the Environmental Assessment process, and the Conservation Authorities Act, but I have been assured that public consultation and due diligence will be maintained.
If you go to the Bradford Bypass web page https://www.bradfordbypass.ca/
The following environmental discipline studies will be carried out during the current preliminary design study:
-Agricultural Impact Assessment;
-Air Quality Impact Assessment;
-Archaeological Assessment (Stages 2, 3, & 4, as required);
-Cultural Heritage Assessment;
-Drainage and Hydrology;
-Erosion and Sediment Control Risk Assessment;
-Fish and Fish Habitat Existing Conditions and Impact Assessment Report;
-Groundwater Impact Assessment;
-Land Use and Property Impact Assessment;
-Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment;
-Preliminary Landscape Composition Plan;
-Terrestrial Ecosystems Existing Conditions and Impact Assessment Report (including an assessment of vegetation and vegetation communities, wildlife and wildlife habitat, species at risk and designated natural areas); and,
-Waste and Excess Materials Management Plan.
When I have been involved with Environmental Defence, the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, and Aware Simcoe I have made it clear that I was in favour of the Bradford Bypass, but there would be no shortcuts to the environment, and we needed to do all studies and remediation that was necessary to protect the environment.