- continued management of the floodplain and other hazards
- improved protection, preservation and rehabilitation of the natural heritage
system i.e. aquatic habitats, riparian and flood plain habitats, valley slope
- enhanced public access and recreation opportunities
- management of urban development and infrastructure works in and along the
- role of the corridor in support of urban water cycles (stormwater, wastewater,
drinking water) and the connection with other natural areas
During Phase 1 of the study the following working vision was
adopted by the Corridor Advisory Committee.
The Thames Valley Corridor is London’s most important
natural, cultural, recreational and aesthetic resource.
The City and community partners will preserve and enhance
the natural environment, river health, vistas, beauty and
cultural heritage while accommodating compatible
infrastructure, accessibility and recreation.
Why is the Thames Valley Corridor being studied?
The Thames River through south-western Ontario was one of the first rivers in
the province formed after the last glacial retreat and, thus, one of the oldest.
As a ‘gateway’ river, with a direct link via Lake St. Clair, the Great Lakes and
the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean, it has played a significant role
in the human settlement and development of south-western Ontario. In recognition
of its outstanding natural and cultural contributions, quality recreational
opportunities, and demonstration of a healthy river environment, the Thames
River was honoured with designation as a Canadian Heritage River System in 2000.
At a visionary level, the Thames Valley Corridor through London will continue to
exemplify these attributes, supporting environmental and economic vitality,
tourism, and local and regional recreation initiatives.
At a functional level,
the Corridor is a complex system of sensitive ecological habitats, intensive
public recreation areas, and developed urban lands connected by multi-purpose
trails and scenic byways. The balancing of these often competing demands to
ensure the sustainability of the river and its sensitive and vulnerable natural
features is an important goal.
The Thames Valley Corridor Plan will, at its conclusion,
provide a strategic plan to direct the use and management of the corridor lands
over the next few decades.
How can I find out more about the Phase 1 Study?
In 2007, the City and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA)
Phase 1 of the planning process for the Thames Valley Corridor (TVC).
This phase of the study was undertaken in consultation with a Corridor Advisory
Committee, comprised of agency representatives, community and interest groups.
Phase 1 work included:
- defining limits of the TVC;
- obtaining input through the consultation process;
- developing a vision for the TVC;
- developing goals and objectives of the Plan;
- analyzing existing background information pertaining to
natural hazards, natural heritage, parks,open space and
recreation, cultural heritage, and aesthetic resources;
- identifying gaps in technical information needed to
realize the vision, goals and objectives ; and
- .defining key issues to be addressed in Phase 2 of the
How can I become involved?
The next public open house will present and
discuss draft Final Plan. It is anticipated the public open house and
subsequent public meeting will be held in the fall of 2010. Copies of
the draft report will be available online prior to the meetings.
Public open houses were held on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 and
Wednesday June 17, 2009 in the Community Gallery of Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.
The initial open house reviewed the findings of Phase 1 of the Thames Valley Corridor Plan and
sought input into Phase 2.
The open house
outline the intent of Phase 2 of the study, showcase the background material collected to date and provide opportunity for public input on the future direction of the
Thames Valley Corridor.
Listed below are the handouts prepared and distributed at the meeting.
The second open house showcased the draft Corridor Concept Plan & Strategies
and provided opportunity for public input on the direction of the Thames Valley
Listed below are the handouts prepared and distributed at the meeting
For more information please contact , Parks Planner, Parks Planning and Design.
Phone 519 661-4980
Fax 519 661-5397