MISSISSAUGA’S FIRST TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN SETS VISION FOR FREEDOM TO MOVE

The City’s first Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was presented at General Committee on Wednesday. The plan outlines a vision, six goals and over 90 action items to guide the future of the City’s transportation system from today to 2041. Inherent in the plan is a commitment to advancing Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries. 

“This new plan is an important part of our efforts to keep Mississauga moving, regardless of where, when or how you choose to travel. We are working to build a world-class, transit-oriented city where people can easily move across our city and beyond, whether that’s to get to school, work, shopping or activities while helping businesses boost their productivity through the efficient movement of goods and services.

As the business capital of Canada and home to Pearson International Airport, five 400-series highways and several major distribution centres, this plan will help ensure Mississauga remains open for business as a vital economic hub for the movement of goods at the national scale,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Above all, it recognizes the important role that livable, walkable, healthy communities play in encouraging active transportation.  It also provides us with a road map to help us realize our goal of becoming a Vision Zero city, where it is safe for all types of travellers to share the road.”

The TMP is future-focused and comes at an important time in the City’s development.

“We have reached a new phase of higher-density urban growth,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “There is a growing demand from our residents for multi-modal travel options – walking, cycling, transit, ridehailing and other alternatives to driving. In looking ahead to 2041, we know our demographics will shift, with new young families and our aging population. In addition, we aim to keep up with rapid change and innovation in the transportation sector, such as integration with smartphones and other smart devices, especially automated, connected, electric and shared vehicles (ACES).”

Highlights of the Plan

Vision 

The freedom to move is vital to support the quality of life in Mississauga.  The TMP lays out a vision for providing mobility in our city from today to 2041:  In Mississauga, everyone and everything will have the freedom to move safely, easily and efficiently to anywhere at any time.

Goals

The vision will be realized through six goals to ensure the transportation system fulfills its essential role in city building.

·        Safety: Freedom from Harm

Safe conditions for all travellers, advancing Vision Zero by supporting hazard-free travel and striving for zero fatalities.

·        Inclusion: Freedom from Barriers

An accessible network, where moving is easy regardless of a person’s age, ability, income or familiarity with the city.

·        Integration: Freedom of Choice

An integrated network, where people and goods have viable options for moving within and beyond the city.

·        Connectivity: Freedom of Access

Simple and pleasant connections between people and the places and things they need to prosper.

·        Health: Freedom to Flourish

Support for the health of people and the planet, with more people-powered trips, lower vehicle emissions and better stewardship of the natural environment.

·        Resilience: Freedom to Evolve

Leadership in adapting to changes that reshape the transportation system and how it is used.

Action Plan

The TMP is future-focused and includes over 90 proposed actions to implement the plan over the short term (1-5 years), medium (6 – 15 years) and long term (16+years). Actions in the TMP will be built into staff work plans over the coming years. Those with financial implications will be presented to Council for consideration through the City’s annual budget process.

“Our transportation system is more than a network of roads and traffic lanes,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works. “It is an interconnected system of sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, cycling facilities and roads as well as public services like transit, parking and traffic management and regulation of private service providers like taxis, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs – such as Uber and Lyft), towing and delivery vehicles. To continue to build a great city with a resilient transportation system, we have joined together with leaders from across the organization – from Planning & Building to Parks, Forestry & Environment — to consider all the long-term planning aspects of this complex city-wide system.” 

Progress on the actions of the TMP will be tracked and reported annually. Routine updates to the TMP will take place in coordination with updates to the Mississauga Official Plan.

The TMP is the result of Mississauga Moves, a two-year study that combined research and analysis with a public conversation about the future of mobility. The City analysed transportation and transit data, policies, future trends and international best practices. Public engagement took place in-person and online with a dedicated project website. Key community and industry stakeholders as well as other levels of government were also consulted in the process. Over the course of two years, the project team had more than 2,000 face-to-face conversations with community members and made more than 10,000 online connections through the website and social media. 

The full plan is available online. Council is expected to approve the plan next week.

Flood Watch Issued for Lake Ontario Shoreline

The averaged Lake Ontario elevation for yesterday (Toronto, Apr-30-2019) was at 75.41 metres (m) above International Great Lakes Datum (IGLD).  Today, the lake elevation is near 75.46 m.  Flood damages in 2017 occurred at a Lake Ontario elevation of 75.45 m when waves generated during a storm event overtopped and damaged several shoreline structures.  The latest forecast (Apr-30-2019) provided by the Lake Ontario St Lawrence River (LOSLR) Board of the International Join Commission (IJC) is projecting maximum Lake Ontario elevations ranging from 75.65 to 75.95 m for late May to Early June with the upper range being 2 centimetres above the record set in 2017.  The lake damage threshold elevation of 75.45m does not account for wave generated by winds which can increase flood elevations and cause additional damages; this is especially true with onshore winds associated with storms.

Information provided by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre (SWMC) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) along with the IJC is indicating that rain and snow melt within the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River basin have resulted in high river and lake levels.  Major flooding is currently (Apr/May, 2019) occurring in Eastern Ontario and Quebec due to a combination of high flows in the St Lawrence and Ottawa River. 

The current Lake Erie water elevation is at a new record high for the-end-of-April.  Flows discharging from Lake Erie via the Niagara River, over the Falls, into Lake Ontario are uncontrolled.  Flows discharging out of Lake Ontario into the St Lawrence River are controlled at the Moses-Saunders (MS) Dam.  The MS Dam is operated in accordance to Plan 2014 from IJC which takes into consideration, and balances, the impacts of downstream flooding with higher Lake Ontario levels.  Over next several weeks, Lake Ontario levels will increase and will remain high for the season due to high inflows from Lake Erie and restricted Lake Ontario outflows to mitigate downstream flooding along the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. 

For more information on the Lake-Ontario-St-Lawrence-River-Board and Plan-2014 please visit:

https://ijc.org/en/loslrb

Onshore winds, especially those associated with storms systems, can generate waves resulting in shoreline erosion, flooding and damages.  Wind and wave conditions are provided by Environment Canada via the following website: 

https://weather.gc.ca/marine/region_e.html?mapID=11

Wind gusts at Cawthra Park in south Mississauga are available through the CVC monitoring network: 

Current Lake Ontario level is available from (add 74.2m for IGLD):

https://waterlevels.gc.ca/eng/find/region/6

CVC will continue to monitor weather and lake conditions.  This Flood Watch will be updated by Fri-Jun-14-2019

Watercourses discharging directly into Lake Ontario may be impacted by backwater from the lake.  Residents and visitors to the Lake Ontario shoreline areas should use extreme caution and obey all closure notices for trails and pathways.  As lake levels increase, certain areas may be cut off or isolated. 

Flood Watch Issued for Lake Ontario Shoreline

There is a Flood Watch currently in effect for Mississauga.

Lake Ontario water levels are high and will to continue to rise. Easterly winds also direct waves onshore.  These have the potential to cause damage along the shoreline.

Residents are asked to stay away from the waterfront around Lake Ontario particularly parks and trails.

City staff have closed off access to Marina Park public boat launch, St. Lawrence Park and Jack Darling Park where the water has washed over some of the pathways, as well as the Lakeshore Road pedestrian underpass.

City staff, together with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority are actively monitoring the waterfront areas as well as weather conditions should further action be required. 

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The Environment Canada weather forecast calls for 15-65 mm of rain between Wednesday and Thursday. Thunderstorms and an additional 10-15 mm are possible in some areas. 

Residents are asked to please stay away from all waterways at this time as they can be dangerous, especially for children and pets.  

To report flooding, please call 3-1-1. For emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1. 

For safety and to reduce potential damage:

• Avoid walking or driving in flooded areas 

• Stay away from creeks, rivers and streams

• Keep children and pets away from all waterways

• Clear debris from catch basins near your home or business, as long as it is safe to do so 

• Call 3-1-1 to report blocked catch basins or road flooding in your neighbourhood 

• Do not open any sewer manholes under any circumstances

For more information as the Flood watch continues, visit mississauga.ca or follow the City of Mississauga at @citymississauga

CITY OF Mississauga Continues to Advocate for Independence

Earlier this month more than 300 residents participated in the City of Mississauga’s Resident Town Hall meeting on regional governance. The meeting featured a detailed presentation by City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker on Mississauga’s position for independence, followed by moderated questions and comments from both audience members and those watching the live stream.   

For more information about Mississauga’s position on the Regional Government Review, visit mississauga.ca/regional-government-review.

BACKGROUND

On March 27, Mississauga City Council adopted a motion, approving in principle that Mississauga become independent from the Region of Peel, subsequent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Regional Government Review

In January 2019, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that it had appointed two special advisors, Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn, to review regional government in Ontario. 

The goal of the review is to help ensure these municipalities are working effectively and efficiently and can continue to provide the vital services that communities depend on.  The City will be submitting its official position for independence by the May 21, 2019 deadline, established by the Government of Ontario for public consultation. The outcome of the Regional Government Review is expected later this summer.  

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is inviting online public consultation until May 21, 2019. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on regional government reform through this channel. 

Last week, at Regional Council, all four municipalities agreed to work together to have an independent financial analysis 

Proposed 2019 Development Charges Background Study Available for Public Comment

The City of Mississauga has released its proposed2019 Development Charges (DC) Background Study for the 60-day statutory public comment period.

The background study, prepared by Hemson Consulting Ltd, is a comprehensive report that includes input received from the public and development stakeholders and presents the proposed 2019 Development Charge rates to be included in the proposed 2019 Development Charges By-law.

The proposed 2019 Development Charges By-law will be available for public comment on April 18, 2019.

“The City charges fees to property developers to help pay for the infrastructure required to support growth, and these are called Development Charges or DC’s,” said Jeff Jackson, Director, Finance and Treasurer. “Without DC’s, the City would have to rely entirely on property taxes or other revenue sources to pay for new fire stations, expanding libraries and community centres and building overpasses and other infrastructure. The funds collected through DC’s ensure the infrastructure required to support growth is paid for primarily by growth.”

In addition to the proposed 2019 Development Charges Background Study, the City is looking for public input on two related studies: the proposed2019 Transportation Background Study prepared by WSP  and the 2019 Stormwater Management Background Study prepared by KSGS Engineering Corp. 

Comments on all three 2019 Development Chargesbackground studies, as well as the proposed 2019Development Charges By-law can be sent tosusan.cunningham@mississauga.ca.

Members of the public are also invited to attend Council on May 8 at 9 a.m. to speak to the draft background studies and 2019 DC By-law. To be placed on the agenda, please complete an online request or contact the City Clerk’s Office through our Citizen Contact Centre at 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 if outside city limits.

The proposed DC background study and By-law will go to City Council for approval in June.

Learn more about Development Charges in Mississauga.