About four years ago the Canadian National Railway (CN) reaffirmed plans for a $250 million, 400-acre Milton Logistics Hub.
The CN is proposing to build a new truck – rail hub in Milton that will: develop 400 acres of a 1,200 acre lot of land with undisclosed plans for the remaining 800 acres; build a new mainline which will double the existing tracks and add over 20 kms of new rail yard track; result in 1,600 trips to and from the facility each day; and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week which has raised some concerns for Halton residents regarding traffic congestion, safety, noise, dust, lighting and environmental issues.
However, the CN Milton website notes that this this hub would help local businesses in Milton, and southern Ontario, get their goods to and from critical markets, help meet the growing demand for household goods across the GTHA, ease congestion on 400-series highways, and support climate goals.
A few major components of the project can be found below.
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According to the CN Milton website, the town was selected for this project due to its sufficient size, being close to highways, close to demand, and its optimal location (located in an area with minimal disturbances to environmental features). Other alternatives were looked at, however, the proposed Milton location met the main requirements of this project.
The prosed location of this logistics hub is theland located east of Tremaine Road and south of Britannia Road.
Back in February of 2018, inhalton published an article about the project and how Halton was taking steps to fight it. In this article it was noted that the project was being assessed by a Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Joint Review Panel Process.
Now, according to a recent press release, the Review Panel has announced that a public hearing, which will begin with a general session, will take place in Milton and will commence on June 19, 2019.
Members of the public, Indigenous groups, governments, and other organizations are encouraged to participate in this stage of the joint process for the review of the project.
The public hearing will take place over approximately one month and will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 2750 High Point Dr.
All hearing sessions will be open to those who want to observe the proceedings. The goal of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for anyone to share their feedback on the project to the Review Panel.
What the hearing sessions will consist of can be seen in the graphic below.
More technical sessions may be held if needed.
Anyone who wants to ask questions or make a presentation at the hearing must register using the registration form by May 10, 2019.
Furthermore, for general hearing sessions, participants can make an oral presentation or file a written submission, or both. For technical hearing sessions, oral presentations must be accompanied by a written submission, however, there are some exceptions. Written submissions for technical sessions must be sent to the Panel by May 29, 2019.
“Other submissions are expected by the last day of general and technical sessions,” reads the press release.
“All submissions received will be posted to the online public registry. To register, file a submission, schedule a presentation or for any other information, contact the Panel Secretariat at:”
c/o Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Place Bell Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3
Email: [email protected]
A complete hearing schedule will be provided to interested parties by May 24, 2019.
For more information about the project, click here.
What do you think of this proposed project?
Graphics are courtesy of the CN Milton website and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.