Appeal to the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change regarding the Environmental Study Report Ottawa Road 174 / Prescott-Russell County Road 17 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

On July 4, 2016 the Cumberland Community Association (CCA) 174 Working Group submitted an Appeal to the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change regarding the Environmental Study Report Ottawa Road 174 / Prescott-Russell County Road 17 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Schedule C Study. The Environmental Study Report (see report summary in Appendix A of the attached Appeal document) recommends widening Ottawa Road 174 between Trim Road and Canaan Road from one to two lanes in each direction with a concrete center barrier. 

The CCA represents the residents of historical Cumberland Village (est. 1799) and rural residents of the most easterly part of Ward 19, City of Ottawa, formerly Cumberland Township. The CCA is appealing the outcome of this study based on what we believe are significant technical shortcomings in the research methodology, which we feel biased the result. In addition, we have significant concern about the complete lack of integration of this proposal into a bigger strategic long-term commuter transportation plan along the Ottawa River corridor, from Ottawa to the Quebec border.

We believe our concerns are legitimate and warrant further investigation before tax-payer money is used to implement this flawed and inadequate proposal. We are committed to finding the best solution that ensures growing communities outside of the City of Ottawa will have access to Ottawa jobs, recreation and resources. However, in 2016 we must be committed to making transportation decisions that are initially and primarily focused on public transportation and based on principles of longer term planning, environmental preservation, pollution reduction, economics and community building. The Environmental Study Report recommendation is a result of applying old strategies to changed conditions. We are looking to this progressive Ontario Government to address our concerns.

Euan Swan
Cumberland Community Association

174 Working Group Chair