Ports Toronto (previously the Toronto Port Authority) is currently undertaking studies related to the expansion of the Island Airport and permitting the use of jets. As required by City Council in April 2014, the TPA is currently working on an Environmental Assessment (EA), a complete Master Plan, and full design for the proposed runway extension, including any necessary changes to the Marine Exclusion Zone (MEZ).
As part of its Airport Master Plan process, Ports Toronto is hosting a public meeting on the draft Master Plan for the Island Airport.
This Master Plan is based on a previous draft Master Plan but will assess the infrastructure expansions needed to accommodate jets, should that happen. Ports Toronto is also conducting an environmental assessment, which will be the topic of another public meeting in April.
This meeting has open house from 5:30 to 6:30 pm with displays and Ports Toronto staff ready to answer questions. At 7 pm, Ports Toronto’s consultants will give a presentation, followed by a question and answer period.
Open House and Public Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Exhibition Place, Toronto
(Corner of Princes’ Boulevard and Newfoundland Drive)
Ports Toronto will host an all-day public meeting to review and discuss the Draft Study Design/Scope for the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed introduction of jet aircraft and extension of the main runway at the Island Airport.
Ports Toronto and their EA consultants (AECOM, planningAlliance and RWDI) will share and seek feedback on the updated list of potential effects of the proposal that will be studied in the EA, and the methodology that will be used to study the effects.
This public meeting will feature breakout stations for different EA topics. If you are interested in hearing presentations and providing feedback on all of the EA topics, you can do that by attending for the entire day. You are also welcome to drop-in at any time.
Public meeting materials, including a detailed agenda and presentations, will be made available on the project website (www.BBTCArunwayandjetsEA.org) no later than Thursday, April 2.
Following the meeting, a final draft of the EA Study Design/Scope document will be available for a 30-day public review, during which anyone can provide suggested refinements for PortsToronto to consider. Following this 30-day review period, the Study Design will be finalized and part two of the EA and public engagement process will begin.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
222 Bremner Boulevard
Participation in these meetings does not imply consent to the expansion of the airport or the use of jets. It is vital that community members scrutinize and publicly comment on all aspects of the proposed expansion of the airport.
Our waterfront is an important public asset – home to thousands of residents and a destination for visitors from across the city and around the world – and it should not be dedicated to a single industrial use. A full and proper study will clearly demonstrate to all Councillors and all Torontonians that jets and airport expansion are not in the city’s best interest.