Londoners have the opportunity to share their vision for the Thames River in advance of the consultation phase of the One River Environmental Assessment.
During July and August Londoners are encouraged to share their feedback on how they interact with the Thames River and what changes or improvements they would like to see. Feedback is being collected online at getinvolved.london.ca/OneRiver or in person at upcoming summer events.
The One River Environmental Assessment will create a Master Plan for the Thames River, addressing infrastructure needs and the community’s recreational and ecological vision for the river. The plan’s area of focus will be the Thames River from the Boler Road Bridge to the Forks of the Thames and Harris Park.
“We’re developing a long-term strategy for the Thames River for future generations,” says Kelly Scherr, Managing Director, Environmental and Engineering Services and City Engineer. “The feedback we’re looking to collect from Londoners at this stage will help set the tone as we move forward with this project.”
The Environmental Assessment will incorporate current plans, partnerships and studies, including Back to the River, the Pollution Prevention and Control Plan, the Thames River Clear Water Revival, the London Plan, and the Thames Valley Corridor Action Plan
To kick-off the engagement process, the One River project team will be at InspirationFest, Sunday, July 23, from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Further opportunities for feedback will be available as the project moves forward. A formal Public Information Centre 1 meeting to gather additional input will be held in the fall of 2017. More information is available at getinvolved.london.ca/OneRiver.
The One River Environmental Assessment relates to a number of objectives identified in City Council’s Strategic Plan for the City of London 2015-2019. Within the focus of Building a Sustainable City, One River will address: Managing our infrastructure, strong and Healthy environment through protection of the natural environment, and beautiful places and spaces through investing in making London’s riverfront beautiful and accessible for all Londoners. Within the strategic focus of Growing our Economy, promote Urban regeneration through investing in London’s downtown as the heart of our city.