On Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 pm at city hall, there will be a public participation meeting about trail planning in the Medway Valley south of Sunningdale Road. This is the first application of the City’s new trailing planning guidelines. These same guidelines will be used in the Conservation Master Plan under way for the section of the Valley near Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest. The guidelines deal where pavement can and cannot go. The decision made by City Council on the Valley north of us may influence what happens next in our area.
You can review the city staff’s recommendation on the Planning and Environment Committee agenda for April 9th, which can be found at:
On Thursday, March 7, the city and its consultant presented its work to date on the city’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Medway Creek. This review includes the entire portion of the Medway that is in the City of London, and involves all the communities that border the Medway.
The presentation and information panelsfrom Thursday’s meeting are now available.
Also available is a public comment form. Comments and information regarding this study are being collected to assist the study team.
The City of London, in partnership with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, manages seven different environmentally significant areas (ESAs) in the City, including the Medway Valley. This observation form is provided so that members of the public may record observations arising from time spent in ESAs. The City of London will review the information received and take steps to incorporate your suggestions into our ESA Management efforts, subject to existing policies, approved conservation master plans, budget and environmental considerations. Please respect the natural environment during your visit, beaware of permitted and prohibited activities defined on the signs at the trailhead and stay on the managed trail system.
Please submit comment forms to the City of London Planning, Environmental and Engineering Services Department. Forms can be dropped off in person, or mailed.
An upcoming Medway Valley ESA North Trail Planning meeting is being held to provide information and gain community input for the evaluation of trail options and selection of the preferred option. The meeting is scheduled for:
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunningdale Golf and Country Club
465 Sunningdale Road West
An invitation to the meeting is available here. Additional background information is at http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Planning_and_Development/Land_Use_Planning/Parks_Planning/Medway_trail.htm
The evaluation criteria and method used for this area of the Medway will be used in our part of the Medway during the update to the Conservation Master Plan which is scheduled to start next year. There will be lots of notice of meetings and the work plan. Stay tuned.
The city has also prepared an ESA Observation Form for use in all of the Environmentally Significant Areas of the city. The form will help the city in identifying invasive species, trail management issues, and inappropriate activities such as campfires, dogs off leash, bike ramps and the like. The form is still in test mode and will eventually be posted to the city’s web site as an on line form.
A Public Open House for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA Trail Plan will be held:
Where: Sunningdale Golf and Country Club located at 465 Sunningdale Road West
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Time: from 6:30 P.m. until 8:30 pm.
More information and an invitation to the public Open House is available.