Denison Street Extension - Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study

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Introduction

The Denison Street Extension Study will identify alternative design concepts and preferred solution for the potential Denison Street Extension from east of Markham Road to Ninth Line addressing existing network connectivity and congestion issues in the Box Grove Community.

The study is being conducted in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule 'C' projects, as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process.

The study will serve both Markham residents and visitors to the area and will take into consideration area constraints when implementing the objectives and recommendations related to the study.

The objectives for study include:

  1. Review the alignment alternatives to support the transportation needs of the extension of Denison Street.
  2. Uphold key policy directions as well as recommendations in the York Region’s Transportation Improvements for Donald Cousens Parkway to Morningside Avenue Link Individual Environmental Assessment.
  3. Support alternative transportation options including pedestrian, cycling and transit connections, where existing and for future growth where available.
  4. Ensure an appropriate transition between the natural environment, cultural heritage and supporting social and economic environments.
  5. Ensure water and wastewater are effectively and efficiently managed.
  6. Respect and protect the residential community structure of Markham Box Grove.

Study Area

Background

The Markham Transportation Strategic Plan (MTSP) identified the need for a potential extension of Denison Street to address existing network connectivity and congestion issues in Box Grove.

In 2013, a consultant was retained to review the feasibility of extending Denison Street to connect to either Ninth Line or Steeles Avenue taking into consideration constraints within the study area, as well as recommendations in the York Region’s Transportation Improvements - Donald Cousens Parkway to Morningside Avenue Link Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) Study (December 2005 and Amended July 2011).

The Feasibility Study was completed in 2014 outlining three alignment alternative options (Alternatives 1-3), and Markham Council also endorsed recommendations to include a forth option (Alternative 2A) as detailed below:

By reviewing and investigating the proposed alternative alignments, it will be determined which option will provide the best option to the extension of Denison Street, whilst maintaining traffic flows, environmental factors, public accessibility and safety.

Next Steps

  • Outlining Project Schedule
  • Determine Key Dates
  • Set up Public Consultation PC1 and PC2
  • Work with Consultant to review alignment alternatives
  • Keep this project page updated for community information.

The City of Markham welcomes feedback, questions and comments pertaining to this project.

Introduction

The Denison Street Extension Study will identify alternative design concepts and preferred solution for the potential Denison Street Extension from east of Markham Road to Ninth Line addressing existing network connectivity and congestion issues in the Box Grove Community.

The study is being conducted in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule 'C' projects, as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process.

The study will serve both Markham residents and visitors to the area and will take into consideration area constraints when implementing the objectives and recommendations related to the study.

The objectives for study include:

  1. Review the alignment alternatives to support the transportation needs of the extension of Denison Street.
  2. Uphold key policy directions as well as recommendations in the York Region’s Transportation Improvements for Donald Cousens Parkway to Morningside Avenue Link Individual Environmental Assessment.
  3. Support alternative transportation options including pedestrian, cycling and transit connections, where existing and for future growth where available.
  4. Ensure an appropriate transition between the natural environment, cultural heritage and supporting social and economic environments.
  5. Ensure water and wastewater are effectively and efficiently managed.
  6. Respect and protect the residential community structure of Markham Box Grove.

Study Area

Background

The Markham Transportation Strategic Plan (MTSP) identified the need for a potential extension of Denison Street to address existing network connectivity and congestion issues in Box Grove.

In 2013, a consultant was retained to review the feasibility of extending Denison Street to connect to either Ninth Line or Steeles Avenue taking into consideration constraints within the study area, as well as recommendations in the York Region’s Transportation Improvements - Donald Cousens Parkway to Morningside Avenue Link Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) Study (December 2005 and Amended July 2011).

The Feasibility Study was completed in 2014 outlining three alignment alternative options (Alternatives 1-3), and Markham Council also endorsed recommendations to include a forth option (Alternative 2A) as detailed below:

By reviewing and investigating the proposed alternative alignments, it will be determined which option will provide the best option to the extension of Denison Street, whilst maintaining traffic flows, environmental factors, public accessibility and safety.

Next Steps

  • Outlining Project Schedule
  • Determine Key Dates
  • Set up Public Consultation PC1 and PC2
  • Work with Consultant to review alignment alternatives
  • Keep this project page updated for community information.

The City of Markham welcomes feedback, questions and comments pertaining to this project.

This is an opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the study. Some questions may be added under the FAQ section if it appears to be popular amongst the community. 

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    Will traffic calming measures be implemented? There have been an uptick of speeders and street racers recently in the Box Grove area.

    Andrew M. asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for bringing this traffic safety concern to the City of Markham's attention. For existing concerns, please contact the Contact Centre at 905.477. 5530 or e-mail customerservice@markham.ca who can direct your inquiry more accurately. 

    The Denison Street Extension design will review current road standards and policies. Traffic Calming measures will be reviewed as required. 

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    If approved when will construction it start?

    JamesSina asked 8 days ago

    The construction timelines will be determined once the EA Study is completed and approved, as this is a separate process to the study. A more accurate timeline will be provided via this page, as we aim to provide as up to date information on this page, so please check back to follow our schedule.  

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    We are at Ralph Court Markham & Denison and all the trees needed to be trimmed it’s scratched our Cars when we at Canad post box to checking our mails

    Krishna shukla asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for raising this concern. As this is a an existing situation not directly related to this study, you will find assistance by contacting the City of Markham's Contact Centre at 905-477-5530 or email customerservice@markham.ca who can best direct your concern. 

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    Will there be a connection with boxwood neighborhood? I was wondering as it would be very useful

    Matthew13 asked 9 days ago

    Great question. The study will review how all alternatives will function with the current existing landscape and surrounding neighbourhoods, however currently the study is focused on the extension of Denison Street.

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    With the extension will there be connections to the boxwood neighborhood? With alternative 1 being very close i was wondering if there would be a pedestrian connection

    Matthew13 asked 9 days ago

    Great question and one to keep in mind, however, currently there study is reviewing the extension of Denison Street only. 

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    Hello Markham, Alternative 1 is the way to go.

    Simonji asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback and preference choice. 

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    What is happening to the golf course? How feasible is alternative 1 or are the other alternatives better?

    sandyne12 asked 25 days ago

    Currently we are reviewing the alternatives and also the effect of the options on the golf course. Whichever alternative is chosen, the idea is to mitigate impacts to the golf course and surrounding lands.