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407 Extension

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO)is currently undertaking an individual Environmental Assessment (EA) study to address long-term transportation needs in the Region of Durham and surrounding areas. The study supports the transportation objectives of the provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe by providing for the efficient movement of people and goods within the study area.

Darlington Nuclear Station Expansion

OPG is moving forward with the federal approvals process for new nuclear units at an existing site. OPG was directed by the Ontario Minister of Energy in June 2006 to begin the federal approvals process, including an environmental assessment, for new nuclear units at an existing site. OPG has begun this process, and has submitted an application for a Site Preparation Licence to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a new nuclear power plant at the Darlington nuclear generating station site, in the Municipality of Clarington.

This is the first of a number of licences that are required in the federal approvals process. The CNSC must be satisfied that it is feasible to design, construct and operate the facility on the proposed site in a manner that will meet all health, safety, security and environmental protection requirements. A Site Preparation Licence, should it be granted, will not permit any construction activities.

OPG will be starting the studies required to demonstrate the suitability of the site for the new nuclear units. These studies include the current environmental conditions on and around the site. We will be seeking local input as we go forward.

Places to Grow - Growing Durham

Growth Plan Implementation Study

The release of the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe on June 16, 2006 has established the Provincial policy framework to guide decisions on a wide range of issues – land use planning, urban form, housing, transportation and infrastructure planning and natural heritage and resource protection. The Places to Grow legislation requires municipalities to amend their official plans to conform to the Growth Plan by June 16, 2009.

The Region of Durham is committed to developing leading edge, sustainable and responsible long-range planning solutions for its future growth and development, and to fulfill the requirements of the Growth Plan and bring the Regional Official Plan (ROP) into conformity, as required by the Places to Grow Act, 2005. To accomplish this, the Region has initiated a comprehensive Growth Plan Implementation Study that will direct forecasted growth and provide the planning policies to implement a sustainable preferred growth option.

The Growth Plan Implementation Study will involve a comprehensive analysis of the demographic, policy, environmental and general infrastructure implications of growth within the Region of Durham, within the context of the Growth Plan. The analyses will form the basis for the development of alternative growth scenarios and assess and recommend the preferred solution for Durham. The recommended growth scenario will provide a policy framework to implement the recommended growth option through amendments to the Regional Official Plan.