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Section 2 Planning

This is an Executive Summary for the Land Use Planning Section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. This Section of the Study reviewed the existing planning legislation affecting the Township of Russell, forecasted population growth for the twenty-year planning period, identified the availability of land to accommodate the projected growth and recommends specific actions to bring the local Planning documents in compliance with the Upper Tier County Plan, as required by the Provincial Legislation (Planning Act).

The deficiencies identified in the Master Plan relating to the Land Use Planning documents (Official Plan of the Township of Russell and Secondary Plan for the Villages of Embrun and Russell) are the age of the Official Plan and the inconsistencies of the urban boundaries of both documents when compared to the Upper Tier County Plan.

As far as land availability for residential growth is concerned, the Study concludes that, at the present time, there is sufficient land within the established community boundaries of Embrun and Russell to accommodate more than the estimated growth for the twenty-year planning period.

The alternative solutions for the land Use Planning deficiencies are that:

 

  • Council adopts an Official Plan for the Urban Communities of Embrun, Russell, Limoges and Marionville, in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Act, which shall reflect the revised boundaries of the said Urban Communities, including “Special Study Areas” north and west of Embrun;
  • Following the approval of the new Official Plan for the Urban Communities of Embrun, Russell, Limoges and Marionville, Council repeals the former Official Plan of the Township of Russell as it applies to the territory of the Municipality except for the Urban Communities included in the new Official Plan;
  • Before the five‑year review of the New Official Plan, Council undertakes a Study affecting those lands included in the “Special Study Areas” to further amend the boundaries of the Urban Communities.

 

Section 3 Water

This is an Executive Summary for the Water section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. For ease of analysis and presentation, the water system has been divided into three categories: supply, treatment, and storage/distribution. The Township currently has three wells and two water treatment plants, located south of the Castor River, which provide water to the communities of Embrun, Russell and Marionville. Two elevated storage tanks are in operation, one in each of the communities of Embrun and Russell.

The deficiencies noted for the water system include:

  • Supply – Existing capacity in wells cannot meet the 20-year demand;
  • Treatment – Treatment capacity would need to be increased at the existing Marionville/Embrun WTP and the existing treatment does not have filter to waste capabilities;
  • Storage/Distribution – The existing elevated storage tanks in Embrun and Russell do not have sufficient capacity to meet the 20-year demand. The distribution systems in both Embrun and Russell do not have the capacity to provide fire flow for the 20-year demand.

 

The alternative solutions for the water system supply deficiency can be summarized as follows:

  • Option 3-1 Do nothing;
  • Option 3-2 Provide the required capacity by increasing groundwater withdrawal rates from the Morewood aquifer within Russell or North Dundas;
  • Option 3-3 Supplement existing groundwater supply by taking groundwater from the Maple Ridge aquifer in the Township of North Dundas;
  • Option 3-4 Supplement existing groundwater supply by taking groundwater from the Sarsfield aquifer in the City of Ottawa;
  • Option 3-5 Supplement existing groundwater supply by constructing a 14 km raw water forcemain from the South Nation River to Embrun and a new water treatment plant in Embrun;
  • Option 3-6 Supplement existing groundwater supply by constructing a 26 km raw water forcemain from Morrisburg to Winchester and upgrading the Morrisburg Water Treatment Plant;
  • Option 3-7 Supplement existing groundwater supply by constructing a 38 km raw water forcemain from the Ottawa River and a new water treatment plant within the Township of Russell;
  • Option 3-8 Supplement existing groundwater supply by constructing a 15 km treated water forcemain from the City of Ottawa;
  • Option 3-9 Supplement existing groundwater supply by constructing a 24 km raw water force main from the Rideau River and a new water treatment plant within the Township of Russell.

 

The alternative solutions for the water system storage/distribution deficiencies can be summarized as follows:

  • Option 3-10 Do nothing;
  • Option 3-11 Construct a common reservoir for both communities and install new water mains through future development areas (mostly in Embrun) to provide for looping with the existing distribution systems in both Embrun and Russell;
  • Option 3-12 is similar to Option 3-11 except that water mains along the existing streets are twinned to provide the required flows;
  • Option 3-13 Construct separated reservoirs (one in Embrun and one in Russell) and install water mains within new developments to connect to the existing distribution systems;
  • Option 3-14 Increase the storage capacity at the two existing elevated storage tanks and twin the water mains along existing streets to provide the required fire flows to deficient areas.

This study is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The alternatives have been evaluated with respect to their impact on the Natural Environment, the Social Environment and the Economic/Technical Environment. The specific evaluation criteria used in the analysis are listed in the first column of the following table. Ratings were applied based upon the level of impact of each alternative.

 

Based upon the evaluation performed, Option 3-2 was selected as the preferred alternative for dealing with the water supply deficiency and Option 3-11 was selected as the preferred alternative for dealing with the water storage/distribution deficiency.

The preferred solution for water supply is Option 3-2; which consists of installing new wells or well nests to increase water taking from the Morewood Esker to service the twenty-year demand from Russell/Embrun/Marionville. This solution is the most cost effective since it requires minimal additional land except for the new well pump house and has few social/visual impacts. The existing Embrun/Marionville Water Treatment Plant building would need to be expanded and the equipment/treatment be upgraded (new high lift pumps) and expanded (additional water filtration facilities to be further assessed under Phase 3).

For water storage and distribution, the preferred solution is Option 3-11, which consists of the construction of a common reservoir that would initially only service Embrun but would be expanded within 5-10 years to also service Russell. New water mains would be constructed to join the existing distribution systems in Embrun and Russell to the centralized reservoir. 

 

Section 4 Sewage

This is an Executive Summary for the Sewage section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. For ease of analysis and presentation, the sewage system has been divided into three categories: collection, treatment, and disposal. The Township currently provides sewage service to the communities of Embrun and Russell. Two sewage lagoons are in operation, one in each of the communities of Embrun and Russell.

The deficiencies noted in the Master Plan for the sewage system are as follows:

  • Collection – Existing capacity of gravity sewers and sewage pumping stations will not be able to service the 20-year demand in both Russell and Embrun;
  • Treatment – Existing capacity of the sewage lagoons in both Embrun and Russell will not be able to service the 20-year demand. The existing level of treatment provided by the Russell lagoon is not sufficient to satisfy future discharge criteria;
  • Disposal – The existing outfall sewer and receiving stream (Castor River) have sufficient capacity to service the 20-year demand in both Russell and Embrun.

The alternative solutions for the sewage system collection deficiencies can be summarized as follows:

  • Option 4-1 Do nothing;
  • Option 4-2 Optimize existing pumping stations by replacing/upgrading components at the existing pump stations to manage the increased flows;
  • Option 4-3 Provide additional capacity by redirecting sewage flows from the existing stations (decommissioning pump stations where possible) to one or more new stations at more centralized location(s) for both Russell and Embrun.

 

The alternative solutions for the sewage system treatment deficiencies are:

  • Option 4-4 Do nothing;
  • Option 4-5 Expand treatment and capacity at both the Russell and Embrun lagoons;
  • Option 4-6 Decommission the Russell lagoon and increase capacity of the Embrun lagoon to accept all Embrun and Russell sewage;
  • Option 4-7 Decommission the Embrun lagoon and expand treatment and capacity of the Russell lagoon to accept all Embrun and Russell sewage;
  • Option 4-8 Keep existing Russell lagoon operational at its design capacity and accommodate future Russell growth by increasing capacity of the Embrun lagoon to accept sewage from both Embrun and Russell;
  • Option 4-9 Construct a new mechanical treatment plant within the municipality and expand Embrun lagoon for storage.

 

This study is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The alternatives have been evaluated with respect to their impact on the Natural Environment, the Social Environment and the Economic/Technical Environment. The specific evaluation criteria used in the analysis are listed in the first column of the following table. Ratings were applied based upon the level of impact of each alternative.

Based upon the evaluation performed, Option 4-3 was selected as the preferred alternative for dealing with the sewage collection deficiencies. Option 4-3 would re-arrange the sewage flow patterns and allow up to three existing pumping stations to be decommissioned (thereby reducing operational costs). As the new pumping station would be on the south side of the Castor River, it would only be implemented as the need arises, that is new development occurring on the south side of Castor River in Embrun or a major retrofit being required at existing pumping station #2.

 

Option 4-5 was selected as the preferred alternative for dealing with the sewage treatment deficiency. The existing Russell lagoon capacity as well as the level of treatment needs to be increased to provide for the 20 year growth. In Embrun, the lagoon capacity will need to be increased and keeping the same level of treatment. This option will cost effectively increase the capacity to treat and store sewage at the lagoons while minimizing the impact on the Natural, Social and Economic/Technical Environments. Both lagoons will continue to be discharged to the Castor River in spring and fall in accordance with new discharge criteria. 

 

Section 5 Storm Water

This is an Executive Summary for the storm water section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. The components of the drainage systems in Russell and Embrun include ditches, storm sewers, culverts, overland flow drainage systems along the road network, and storm water management ponds.

The deficiencies noted for the storm water system are as follows:

  • Incomplete description/inventory of the storm sewer collection system piping and appurtenances;
  • Limited information on the condition assessment of the collection system piping (structural, servicing and hydraulic capacity);
  • No maintenance policy for storm sewer collection piping inspections and storm water ponds,
  • No policy for implementing storm water quality/quantity controls.

 

Solutions for correction of deficiencies for the collection system piping would only be done once an inventory and condition assessment of the piping system has been completed. Therefore, the Master Plan is recommending that an inventory and condition assessment of the collection system be completed within the next 5 years.

For new development and for intensification within the urban sector, the Township should adopt policies for the implementation of storm water quantity and quality controls, as defined by the Best Management Practices in Table 5-5 and the recommendations provided in Tables 5-6 and 5-7 for Russell and Embrun respectively. While it is recognized that the draft Secondary Plan does contain some policies regarding storm water management, it is still a draft document with no recognized status.

An evaluation of options was not undertaken for this storm water section because the only alternative is the “Do Nothing” option. The “Do Nothing” option does not provide any benefits and would lead to increased erosion and pollutant/sediment loadings on the aquatic environments. Without peak flow control in new developments, the potential exists for an increase in flooding of downstream areas and disturbance of habitat near the confluence of the tributary with the Castor River.

The preferred solution is to implement programs within the next 5 years that;

  • Identifies, inventories, and does a condition assessment for the sewer collection system piping;
  • Establishes policies for implementation of storm water quality/quantity controls;
  • Establishes policies for maintenance of storm water ponds and storm water collection piping.

Develops a storm water strategy for new development in Embrun that minimizes the number of future ponds required to achieve the desired objectives of peak flow control and 70% removal of total suspended solids. 

 

Section 6 Waste

This is an Executive Summary for the Waste section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. For ease of analysis and presentation, the Waste service category has been divided into collection, disposal and diversion. In 2003, the service area consisted of 4350 residential units, 619 commercial and multi-units, 8 schools and no major industrial facility.

The deficiencies identified for the Waste system are as follows:

  • Collection: No deficiencies;
  • Disposal: Impacts to surface water along north and west limits and potential impacts to groundwater along north, east and west limits;
  • Diversion: Provincial government is targeting an increase in diversion rates.

The alternative solutions that have been proposed for Disposal are:

  • Option 6-1 Export waste to a surrounding municipal landfill;
  • Option 6-2 Export waste to a private landfill;
  • Option 6-3 Improvements to the existing landfill;
  • Option 6-4 Create a new landfill within the Township;
  • Option 6-5 Introduce new technology to manage waste;
  • Option 6-6 Increase waste diversion;
  • Option 6-7 Do nothing.

The Master Plan study is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The alternatives have been evaluated with respect to their impact on the Natural Environment, the Social Environment and the Economic/Technical Environment. The specific evaluation criteria used in the analysis are listed in the first column of the following table. Ratings were applied based upon the level of impact of each alternative.

Based on the evaluation of waste disposal options and the impacts on the environment, Table 6-10 identified Options 6-3 and 6-6 as having the least negative impacts to the environment. As Option 6-6, increasing diversion, cannot be a stand-alone solution but be done in conjunction with Option 6-3, the continuation of the existing landfill (incorporating mitigated measures to manage impacts of groundwater, surface water and landfill gas) is proposed as being the preferred solution. 

 

Section 7 Transportation

 This is an Executive Summary for the Transportation section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. The Study reviewed the policies of the UCPR Official Plan and the Township’s draft Secondary Official Plan with regard to transportation policies and forecasted future traffic volumes for the existing transportation infrastructure based on the 20 year growth projections.

The most significant deficiencies noted for the transportation system are as follows:

  • The existing capacity of County Road #3 on Notre Dame Street (two lanes) through the community of Embrun will approach its design capacity near the end of the planning period;
  • The 2023 projected peak hour volume for St-Guillaume Street (County Road 28) was calculated to be 910 and is only 22% less than the 1100 vehicles per hour per lane per direction used to describe Level of Service D.;
  • Replacement of three bridges No. 00014, 00027 and 00028 with similar structures or equivalent structures.

This study was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The alternatives/solutions identified to resolve the above deficiencies have been evaluated with respect to their impact on the Natural Environment, the Social Environment and the Economic/Technical Environment. The specific evaluation criteria used in the analysis are listed in the first column of the following table. Ratings were applied based upon the level of impact of each alternative.

 

To resolve the potential traffic deficiency with capacity on Notre Dame Street within the 20 year planning period, the following alternatives were considered:

  • Option 7-1: Make Notre Dame Street a four-lane roadway using the existing road right-of-way;
  • Option 7-2: Reduce traffic on Notre Dame by re-routing traffic on collector roads (St. Pierre, St. Augustin, St. Thomas);
  • Option 7-3: Do Nothing.

Based upon the evaluation performed, Option 7-2 was selected as the preferred alternative for dealing with the traffic loading on Notre Dame Road.

The analysis of the capacity of the existing road infrastructure to support the 20 year growth forecast identified St. Guillaume Street as approaching its level of service at the end of the planning period. The solution proposed to resolve this deficiency was for the United Counties of Prescott Russell to initiate a Schedule C Environmental Study to identify an N-S transportation corridor to join County Road 3 to Highway 417. The County study would evaluate several options for increasing N-S transportation capacity, such as widening St Guillaume, using another N-S collector, or developing a new corridor.

Since there has been many assumptions made to calculate the forecast traffic volumes identified in Table 7-9, additional traffic counts should be done within the next 5 years to validate the assumptions.

Some of the potential deficiencies such as bridges, sidewalks, are simply replacements of existing structures and can proceed directly to construction once the necessary investigations, design and permits (South Nation River, Fisheries and Oceans) are completed/obtained.

Other potential deficiencies such as the snow disposal locations need further hydro-geological investigation before a conclusion can be made on whether to keep disposing of snow at the existing sites. 

 

Section 8 Recreation

This is an Executive Summary for the Recreation section of the Township of Russell Master Plan Draft Report. Russell Township has a significant inventory of recreation/cultural facilities and parks. The nine buildings and twenty nine parks documented in this section represent a major portion of the Township’s total infrastructure assets. More importantly, the use of these facilities and parks by residents and user groups contributes to a healthier community.

Russell Township’s 29 parks have been inventoried for the first time in this report, including park features and amenities. Five of these parks are owned by other agencies. The New York and Central (NY&C) Trail is perhaps the Township’s most significant outdoor space; while it is well integrated within the community and used extensively by residents, this 8 kilometer paved recreational pathway remains disconnected to eastern Ontario’s trail network. The condition of playground equipment is noted as a concern and the Township should undertake an assessment in the near future to determine if any structures warrant repair or replacement, in order to comply with national (voluntary) standards.

The present level of service for parks (based on 24 of the 29 sites) is 6.36 hectares per 1,000 residents, which compares favorably to other municipalities. Several large parks are available in the community of Russell. Deficiencies identified through the study include an inadequate supply of Neighborhood parks in some parts of the Township, inadequate street frontage for some parks, the absence of soccer fields in the community of Embrun (except for one on a school site), the absence of a park serving the 350 residences near Limoges and several small “parkettes” which appear to provide minimal benefits to residents.

In terms of buildings, the two arenas are Russell Township’s most heavily used – and most expensive – recreation facilities, with an estimated annual attendance of 500,000 visits. Among the building deficiencies noted in the report, it is the poor condition and age of the two arenas which represent the Township’s greatest challenge. Along with the outdoor pool, the two arenas are estimated to have about 10 years of functional lifespan left. Given their estimated replacement value of $7M to $9M and the present lack of adequate reserves to build new facilities, this will become a high priority for Township planners over the next five years. Once the facilities reach the end of their service lives, the preferred option for continuing to provide this service (as shown in table 8-9) is building a new recreation complex (Option 8-1) to replace the two arenas in a central location, accessible to all

Township residents. The new complex could also incorporate an indoor pool to replace the existing outdoor pool (Russell), subject to a feasibility study that would confirm the demand and determine its features and cost of operation. The complex should be developed between 2009 and 2014.

Official Plan

The Official Plan describes the principles to guide the future development of our municipality. It considers the opinions of staff and of residents and works to ensure that future development will respond to the needs of our community.

To access a copy of our Official Plan, please click on the following link:

Proposed Township of Russell Official Plan (final)


Permits

Obtaining your building permit

A building permit must be obtained before commencing any construction. The application process will vary depending on the complexity of the project and whether or not all of the required information is provided at the time of application. It is always good practice to speak to someone in the building department before applying for a permit in order to ensure the applicant has all the correct information. While the process may seem daunting at first glance, we are here to help so if you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to ask.

Once a building permit has been issued, the various inspection stages will be noted on your building permit and may be explained to you at that time. To book an inspection, contact the building department at least 24 hours in advance.

Building permits are required for:

  • New construction including residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial, and institutional
  • Additions and renovations
  • Demolition both interior and exterior
  • Garages and sheds that are greater than 108 ft²
  • Decks (depending on size and location, please call for further inquiries)
  • Prefabricated structures including coveralls for agricultural use, portable classrooms, precast buildings etc.
  • Wood stoves
  • Temporary Buildings (tents)
  • Farm buildings including barns, sheds, silos, manure storage, grain bins etc.
  • Change of use of a building or portion of a building for example changing from residential to commercial
  • Solar panels

Other Items as Required by the Ontario Building Code

For more information, to ensure safety and compliance with the Ontario Building Code and to avoid future problems, please contact us by email or by phone at 613-443-3066 x2318.

Private Sewage System Permit Requests

Residents and property owners of the Township of Russell will work with South Nation Conservation on all matters relating to septic permits for new construction, renovations, and legal searches (such as the purchase and sale of properties serviced by private septic systems). Information and forms are available at the Township of Russell municipal office, by visiting the South Nation Conservation website, or by calling SNC at 1-877-984-2948. 

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Provincial Policy Statement 2014

The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 is issued under section 3 of the Planning Act.  It is effective April 30, 2014 and applies to planning decisions made on or after that date. It replaces the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005.

The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 applies province-wide.  Its policies set out the government’s land use vision for how we settle our landscape, create our built environment, and manage our land and resources over the long term to achieve livable and resilient communities. 

More information: For highlights of the new policies and an overview of the key changes, please visit the “Highlights of New Policies: Provincial Policy Statement, 2014” page.

Source:  Ministry of Rural Affairs and Housing Website.

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Zoning

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