Are you looking to purchase or develop commercial property? There are some things you should know before you buy. Having an Environmental Site Assessment is a necessary part of making a large property investment.
If you are working with a financial institution, real estate, or funding bodies, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is almost always required so all parties involved are aware of the potential risks. Knowing the environmental state of a property prior to completing a real estate transaction can help you save a significant amount of time and money. You wouldn’t buy a used car without knowing its history; similarly it would be unwise to take the risk with your property investments. A Phase I ESA, conducted by a qualified person, is a historical document review and on-site visual inspection that provides details on whether there is a risk of contamination at the site. When Cambium conducts a Phase I Site Assessment (http://www.cambium-inc.com/environmental-site-assessments.php), we look at the historical activity and use of the site. While completing the site inspection we examine all areas and surrounding properties to identify environmental concerns such as underground and above ground storage tanks. A final report will outline our findings and note if there is a concern for potential contamination – in which case the recommendation is to follow-up with a Phase II ESA.
If you reach the point where a Phase II ESA is recommended – this is where intrusive investigation takes place. In short, we go below the surface to take groundwater and soil samples. It’s one thing to know about the potential of contamination and another to confirm the contamination and its extent. During a Phase II, our team would drill for soil samples and install monitoring wells to collect groundwater samples – all of which are forwarded to a certified testing lab to confirm the results. The final results of a Phase II ESA will define the nature and extent of any contamination and/or hazardous materials present at the site. Cambium’s team provides a thorough report which includes projected expenses on the remediation of the site. This report also provides a cost outline for how the remediation will affect your property value
Looking to learn more about Environmental Site Assessments?
ESAs are one of Cambium’s primary areas of expertise. We have worked with many financial institutions, commercial realtors, and private businesses throughout Peterborough, Barrie, Kingston, and central Ontario completing Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and Records of Site Condition (RSC). Give us a call or email Brad Sawdon, Bernie Taylor or David Mably on our teamif you have any questions, need advice or would like a quote for our services.
A year ago Cambium and Peterborough Economic Development presented a Strong Town’s Curbside Chat with Chuck Marohn. The goal was to inspire, provide insight, and hopefully spark communities to take a different approach with regard to the growth and development of our towns. With a new model of development, we can allow cities, towns and neighbourhoods to grow financially strong and resilient.
The evening commenced with a presentation by Rob Voigt, Registered Professional Planner and Senior Project Manager of Cambium’s Community Development services. As a recognized leader and expert in Place Based Economic Development and Community Planning, Rob provided an introduction and foundation to healthy community designs. The overall message of the evening was sustainable development is good planning for a healthy future!
The City of Ottawa’s 2016 update to their Environmental Noise Control Guidelines has established the City as a leader among Ontario municipalities in addressing a major side effect of high density development and urban intensification – land use compatibility disputes between neighbours as it relates their noise sensitivities and noise production.
While improved noise guidelines for land use planning were developed and published by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in their 2013 publicationEnvironmental Noise Guideline – Stationary and Transportation Source – Approval and Planning (NPC-300), the MOECC has no authority under the Planning Act; as such, adoption and enforcement of the guidelines is at the discretion of the local planning authority. The MOECC however does enforce the NPC-300 criteria on noise emitting industries under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA); but without equal enforcement of noise guidelines by the municipality during the land use planning process, cases of existing industries that were previously compliant with the EPA forced to install costly noise controls to remain compliant as a result of their new, noise sensitive neighbours, has become all too common, with negative impacts on both the industry and noise sensitive occupants.
The City of Ottawa’s updated guideline takes a major step toward avoiding these land use compatibility issues in their municipality, most significantly through comprehensive criteria for triggering the requirement for noise studies for both noise sensitive and noise generating developments. Additionally, clear guidance is provided for varying levels of noise studies:
A Phase 1 Noise Control Feasibility Study, to establish whether or not noise will be an issue;
A Phase 2 Noise Control Detailed Study, to provide a detailed assessment of noise impacts and mitigation requirements.
A crucial requirement for the Phase 2 study, is that mitigation measures must be included as specific designs in the Site Plan, not simply as recommendations that a certain criteria be met. By including specific designs as part of the Site Plan Control the City is ensuring that the required mitigation measures will actually be implemented. This benefits both industry and residential developments by ensuring that all developments consider existing and potential future noise impacts on others, as well as on themselves.
The City of Ottawa’s previous guidelines were already a step ahead in protecting both noise sensitive developments and existing industries, and this update has raised the bar once again.
Cambium is proud to announce the opening of its newest office in Kingston, Ontario. With the opening of the Kingston office, we now have 5 locations across central Ontario to service our growing client base. Our decision to establish a permanent presence in Kingston was an easy one to make. The main factor for opening the new office was due to the increase in service requests from clients in the region coupled with opportunities to collaborate with the existing team of local professionals.
The office officially opened its doors in June, but Cambium is no stranger to the City having already worked in the community and with neighbouring municipalities for many years. At the onset of its phenomenal growth three-years ago, Cambium established regional offices in Oshawa and Barrie. “We are responding to the needs of our clients combined with the eagerness of our team to offer our services to a broader audience,” shares President/CEO, John Desbiens, P.Eng.
Kingston is a strong, vibrant community offering exciting opportunity for businesses and economic growth. We look forward to being a part of the community for many years to come.