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2.3.1

Advance new East Side Employment Lands toward development readiness.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
The Region of Waterloo, City of Cambridge and Grand River Conservation Authority, in conjunction with the City of Kitchener and Township of Woolwich, are working together to complete the background work needed to advance the development of the East Side Stage 1 Lands for employment uses. East Side Lands (Stage 1) Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) was approved by Regional Council on April 9th, 2014.

Progress Update (September 2013)

On November 24, 2010 Regional Council retained Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) to provide consulting services for the East Side Lands Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and Community Plan. The MESP is being co-managed by the City of Cambridge and the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). The primary focus of the MESP is on the lands designated in the new Regional Official Plan as Prime Industrial Strategic Reserve (PISR). This work will advance the lands through the Environmental Assessment (EA) process towards development readiness for new employment opportunities.

The Project Team (which includes representatives from the Region, GRCA, City of Cambridge, City of Kitchener, Township of Woolwich and Region of Waterloo International Airport) has worked with Dillon to understand the high level financial feasibility of developing the East Side lands, prepared a background report, advanced the Freeport Creek subwatershed study and developed servicing and transportation options. To date, two Public Information Centres (PICs) were held, the first to introduce the project, present background information and identify next steps and the second to respond to issues identified at the first PIC, seek public input on the servicing and transportation options and the evaluation criteria.

It is anticipated the MESP will be finalized by the end of 2012 and will ultimately include transportation, environmental, servicing, subwatershed and community planning information. At a minimum, the MESP will fulfill the first two phases (i.e. up to selecting the preferred solution) in the Planning and Design Process of the Class Environmental Assessment for all non-major road, water and wastewater projects. This will answer the broader questions about the necessary servicing and infrastructure required for the East Side lands to inform specific development proposals.

An implementation plan will be included to accompany the recommendations of the study and identify the timing and responsibility for the final phases of the EA process. The MESP will also include a financial impact analysis to understand the fiscal impacts and financial feasibility of developing the East Side lands as well as identifying partnership opportunities, cost-sharing scenarios and specific tools to off-set costs. Advancing to development readiness ( to create new development opportunities) will also require the City of Cambridge to implement corresponding amendments to its’ Official Plan and Zoning By-law.

Progress Update (January 2013)

In order to advance new East Side employment lands toward development readiness, a Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and Community Plan are being developed.

The MESP is being co-managed by the City of Cambridge and the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA).  The primary focus of the MESP is on the lands designated in the new Regional Official Plan as Prime Industrial Strategic Reserve (PISR). This work will advance the lands through the Environmental Assessment (EA) process towards development readiness for new employment opportunities. 

Representatives from the Region, GRCA, City of Cambridge, City of Kitchener, Township of Woolwich and Region of Waterloo International Airport have worked to understand the high level financial feasibility of developing the East Side lands, prepared a background report, advanced the Freeport Creek sub-watershed study and developed servicing and transportation options.  To date, two public information centres have been held to introduce the project and to seek public input. 

It is anticipated the MESP will be finalized by the end of 2012 and will ultimately include transportation, environmental, servicing, sub-watershed and community planning information. 

Progress Indicators

  • Completion of the first two phases (i.e. up to selecting the preferred solution) in the Planning and Design Process of the Class EA for all non-major road, water and wastewater projects.
  • Implementation plan for final steps to bring lands to market-readiness.
  • Completion of Community Plan for Phase 1 lands.

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)