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Environmental Assessments (EA)

EAs show how Regional projects will affect residents and the environment

An environmental assessment (EA) is a study.

It predicts, identifies, measures and reduces how much a project could affect the people, plants and animals in an area.

We conduct an EA when we’re planning to expand or improve a Regional facility or infrastructure.

We host Public Information Centres (PICs) and online engagement sessions for Peel's residents and businesses to learn more and share suggestions about upcoming construction projects

We also invite input from municipal councils, review agencies, interest groups, and those who own property in Peel.

Public participation is vital

We need feedback from Peel residents and businesses for an EA to be successful.

In the early planning stage we involve local residents and others to share their environmental concerns. Developers consider this feedback to make changes that will make the project more suitable to its location.

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A Municipal Class EA applies to municipal infrastructure projects such as roads, water and wastewater (sanitary sewer) projects.

Different municipal projects can affect the environment in different ways. EA's are classified into 3 different schedules — A, B, or C — based on the impact they have on the environment.

Schedule A

In general, Schedule A projects are normal or emergency operational and maintenance activities.

Since the activities of these projects will only slightly affect the environment, Schedule A projects are pre-approved.

Schedule B

Schedule B projects mainly include improvements and minor expansions to existing facilities.

Since the activities of these projects have a greater chance of affecting the environment, the municipality must go through a screening process and discussion with those who may be affected.

Schedule C

Overall, Schedule C projects include the construction of new facilities and major expansions to existing facilities.

Schedule C projects must go through a 5-phased environmental assessment planning process.

The Streetscaping Toolbox provides guidance on choosing streetscaping elements for different road typologies and tree planting and maintenance best practices provided by Region of Peel divisions, local municipalities, consulting engineers and planners and the development community.  It is a reference tool for:

  • master plan studies
  • environmental assessments
  • land use plans and development applications
  • road construction projects
  • health initiatives
  • green infrastructure
  • roads maintenance activities

This toolbox does not override local municipal streetscaping policies but aims to work with the municipal vision for specific land use.