Election delays mid-pen negotiations
The Burlington Post- Dennis Smith - Sept 19, 2003
have been applied on negotiations for the mid-peninsula project.
mayor said talks on the proposed highway from Fort Erie to Hamilton
or Halton are postponed until after the Oct. 2 provincial election.
said he spoke with Transportation Minister Frank Klees last week and
delaying negotiations was suggested.
just have to wait and see what the election brings us," he said.
remain concerned about the ministry's proposed new Terms of Reference
for an Environmental Assessment of the highway.
one was withdrawn by the ministry after Burlington and Halton launched
a lawsuit over mid-peninsula plans. Then progress was reported following
a recent meeting held by Klees and municipal officials.
a revised document from the province, but the city is concerned about
the document and wording. In our view it does not reflect the verbal
agreement," said MacIsaac. "We simply don't feel the revised wording
satisfies our concerns and the need for consideration of all appropriate
levels of Niagara Escarpment protection."
said he didn't want to discuss further details because negotiations
we would have liked to have been able to tie this down and put the issue
to bed," said MacIsaac.
recent meeting with Klees, there was agreement to establish an advisory
group to allow for all stakeholders to have input as the process moved
forward and to have rail and transit alternatives added into the Terms
fear the proposed highway will run through the escarpment in north Burlington.
Four choices are being considered for the local connection with the
mid-peninsula highway, including Hwy. 407 near Walker's Line, an expanded
Hwy. 403 on Hamilton Mountain, Hwy. 401 west of Milton and Hwy. 6 in