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Environmental assessments

The Region performs an environmental assessment when planning road improvements and facility expansions

An environmental assessment (EA) is a particular type of study.

EAs predict, identify, measure and reduce how a project might affect the people, plants and animals living in a certain area.

What does a Class EA apply to?

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

Different types of municipal projects can affect the environment in different ways, so projects are classified into an A, B, or C schedule.

What are the different Class EAs?

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.

How can I participate in a Class EA?

Input from the public is vital to the EA process.

In Peel we host Public Information Centres (PICs) in the community. We also inform municipal councils, review agencies, interest groups and property owners.

Water and wastewater Master plan for the lake-based systems