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Mar 28, 2013 - To: Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. From: John Livey, Deputy City Manager, Cluster B. Wards: Ward 28 – Toronto Centre-Rosedale.
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STAFF REPORT ACTION REQUIRED Gardiner Expressway / Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study Date:

March 28, 2013

To:

Public Works and Infrastructure Committee

From:

John Livey, Deputy City Manager, Cluster B

Wards:

Ward 28 – Toronto Centre-Rosedale Ward 30 – Toronto-Danforth

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SUMMARY In 2008, Council authorized the City to act as co-proponent with Waterfront Toronto to undertake an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a segment of the elevated Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street to The Don Roadway. The Terms of Reference for the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration EA and Integrated Urban Design Study (the Gardiner East EA) were subsequently developed and approved by City Council and the Minister of the Environment in 2009. As part of the City's Capital Budget process in January 2013, Council reallocated $4.41M within the Waterfront Revitalization Initiative budget for the completion of the EA. This report provides the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee with an update on the Gardiner East EA scope and process, including key milestones and public consultation. The impact of the resumption of the Gardiner East EA on the 10-Year Capital Plan for the Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Project is the subject of a separate staff report to the Committee. The Rehabilitation Project and the ongoing EA have to be aligned to maintain the Gardiner Expressway in a safe and operable condition. This requires a Council decision on a preferred EA option by the Spring of 2014 so that the work on refining the option and finalizing the design and submission to the Minister of Environment can all be completed by the Spring of 2015.

Gardiner Expressway/Lake Shore Boulevard Environmental Assessment

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Information about the Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation program and related matters, including links to the Gardiner Individual EA study, is available on the City of Toronto web site at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/gardiner

RECOMMENDATIONS The Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, recommends that: 1. Public Works and Infrastructure Committee receive this report for information. Financial Impact This report has no financial impact as funding for the Gardiner Expressway/Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Urban Design Study was approved through the City's 2013 Capital Budget process.

DECISION HISTORY On June 12, 2008, the Waterfront Toronto (WT) Board of Directors approved a resolution recommending to the City that an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) be undertaken to examine options for the 2.4-kilometre long segment of the Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street, including its connection to the Don Valley Parkway, through East Bayfront and the Lower Don Lands to east of the Don River. This area includes the existing ramp to/from Lake Shore Boulevard East. Figure 1:

Gardiner East EA Study Area

Gardiner Expressway/Lake Shore Boulevard Environmental Assessment

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In July 2008, City Council authorized the City to act as co-proponent with Waterfront Toronto to undertake an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the 2.4-kilometre elevated segment of the Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street to The Don Roadway and to reallocate funds reserved for the Front Street Extension to other approved waterfront projects: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2008.EX22.1 In September 2008, Planning and Growth Committee considered a "Further Report on Removal of the Gardiner Expressway East from Jarvis": http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2008.PG19.3 In January 2009, Council approved the deletion of Front Street West from "Schedule 2: The Designation of Planned but Unbuilt Roads" in the City's Official Plan, and adopte