I wrote previously about the planned OnRoute service centre which would replace the now demolished centre that stood at the Cookstown exit along Highway 400. Since the centre closed at the Highway 89 exit in February, numerous obstacles have emerged to prevent reconstruction at that site:
- Limited area for possible future expansion of vehicle parking areas;
- Limited area for possible future expansion of the service centre building;
- Limited area for on-site storm water management infrastructure that could limit possible future expansion;
- Close proximity to an identified flood plain that could limit possible future expansion;
- Inability to include a seasonal rest area on the current site;
- Safety concerns with the existing access and egress ramps;
- Conflicts with possible future highway improvements along the Highway 89 and Highway 400 corridors.
A public meeting was held in Lefroy on November 26. Although I wasn’t able to attend, I’ve had a chance to review the information presented there. Here a some of the basic details about the proposed relocation to the Innisfil 5th Line:
The new proposal calls for the service centre to be situated at the south side of the 5th Line.
The site plan is substantially different from the original proposal at Highway 89. Plans include a link to municipal water supply and an on-site waste treatment facility:
Service Centre Structure
The architectural design for the OnRoute service centre would be consistent with other centres already completed along the 400 and 401 highways.
The following approvals need to be obtained prior to construction. It’s expected that construction may begin in 2014 so that the centre can be in operation for the summer of 2015.
Municipal Noise By-Law Exemption
To allow night and weekend construction operations 24/7
Municipal Building Permit
To ensure that the proposed construction meets or exceeds the standards outlined in the Ontario Building Code
Municipal Site Plan Approval
To ensure the redevelopment meets the general intent of municipal requirements.
Ministry of Transportation Building and Land Use Permit
To ensure the redevelopment meets or exceeds MTO standards for redevelopment adjacent to or near a Provincial Highway
Certificate of Approval, Private or Industrial Sewage Works
Applies to the proposed construction of a new waste treatment system or amendment to an existing treatment system
An Environmental Compliance Approval is required to construct, operate and maintain the on-site waste water treatment system at the redeveloped site
If you would like to provide your comments on this project to the Project Manager, Morrison Hershfield Ltd., download the Comment Sheet, which includes contact information.