Category Archives: Port Credit

MIRANET’s (Mississauga Residents’ Association Network) Bill 108 Concerns

The Mississauga Residents’ Association Network (MIRANET) is a city-wide network of residents’ associations.  MIRANET notes that Bill 108 has received second reading in the Legislature.  The period for public comment closes on June 1, 2019.  More time should be permitted for public input when Bill 108 proposes to amend 13 statutes. WE HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROVINCE’S PROPOSED BILL 108.

Economists on all sides of the political debate have authored numerous studies demonstrating that “trickle down economics” is a failure. There is no evidence to support that a reduction in Development Charges (DC s) will lead to more affordable housing. There is no mechanism to ensure that these cost savings will be passed on to the home buyer. Home prices respond to supply and demand. THIS REDUCTION IN DCS  IS TANTAMOUNT TO AN INDUSTRY SUBSIDY FOR DEVELOPERS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER.

Mississauga has been developing a comprehensive housing strategy in consultation with residents and stakeholder groups which will utilize inclusionary zoning.  This may be negated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing who will have the power to restrict the City’s Official Plan and override municipalities. WHO WILL BENEFIT? ONLY THE DEVELOPERS.

Municipal taxpayers must not subsidize the highly profitable development industry; we are already burdened enough by the high property taxes we pay. In a free market, Developers must be able to stand on their own two feet. The proposed changes will increase red tape and staffing requirements. The Municipality will be assuming greater financial risks due to the reduced development charge payment schedules. The Municipality must not assume the financial risk if Developers go bankrupt, are sold or move. WILL THE PROVINCE MAKE UP FOR ANY REDUCTIONS IN DC REVENUE?  

The community benefit charge could be the most significant of all the proposed changes. In the current Planning Act, “Section 37/Community Benefits” are known as bonus zoning, applying to sites that see height and density increases, beyond current zoning. The Developer contributes a portion of the land value uplift to help off-set the impact of this unexpected and increased development. This puts the amount back into the community that is receiving the extra height/density. The Bill proposes that the term “Community Benefit” include: Section 37 contributions, soft services development charges (e.g. library, recreation and parks, and other services traditionally subject to the statutory ten per cent deduction under the Development Charges Act, 1997); and payment in lieu of parkland dedication.

The legislation indicates the new “Community Benefit” will be capped at a prescribed percentage of the value of the lands, rather than a per-unit type of charge. If the cap reduces what the City can collect, there could be impacts on the tax base or service levels. MIRANET suggests the value of land bears no relationship to the projected number of residents living on that land who will require Municipal services.  A Complete Community has parks, libraries, and recreation facilities which make it a liveable community.  The Premier’s Bill 108 will deny us these benefits. WHO WANTS TO LIVE IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE?

The shortened time lines under the proposed streamlined Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) will no longer allow for meaningful public consultation and will generate much greater staffing and resource requirements for the City’s Planning Department. Municipalities are already struggling to meet the current timelines. This will cost more money. WILL THE PROVINCE COVER THESE COSTS? 

After years of public and stakeholder consultation, the Province implemented changes to the seriously flawed OMB model, introducing the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) that gives more power to Municipalities and residents. The Province’s new model returns power to Developers. WILL BILL 108 HAVE THE EFFECT OF TAX PAYERS PARTIALLY FUNDING DEVELOPMENTS? WE CERTAINLY HOPE NOT.

DOES BEING OPEN FOR BUSINESS MEAN TAXPAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO FOOT THE BILL? IS THIS GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE?

MIRANET

Mississauga Residents’ Association Network

Mississauga’s Proposed Parking Master Plan Now Available for Public Comment

The City of Mississauga’s proposed Parking Master Plan, “Parking Matters” is now available for public comment. 

The master plan details how community parking will evolve as the City continues to grow and transform. The plan’s content reflects the input received during extensive public and stakeholder consultation staff conducted over the past two years.

“The Parking Master Plan and Implementation Strategy looks at all aspects of parking in Mississauga,” said Andy Harvey, Director, Traffic Management and Municipal Parking. “Parkingpolicy, planning, funding and emerging technologies were studied to develop an approach to parking that is made for Mississauga.The Parking Master Plan will help improve efficiency, manage parking in the future and better align public and private parking with transportation and economic development goals across the City.” 

The master plan provides short and long-term recommendations focused on 10 themes. These include Municipal Parking Provisions and Management, Funding and Finance, Safety and Accessibility and Technology and Innovation.

Visit the Parking Matters website to provide comments. All input received by May 31 will be considered. 

The master plan will go to General Committee for approval on June 12.

Learn more about Parking Matters in Mississauga.

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

Peel Region’s Third Murder of 2019

Members of the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau are investigating the Region’s third murder of 2019.

On Friday March 8, 2019 at 10:20 pm, police responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of Ann Street in south Mississauga (Port Credit). As a result of the incident, a 54 year-old Mississauga male succumbed to the injury.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019 investigators from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau charged Mary Ljubanovich, a 48 year old female from Mississauga, with Second Degree Murder.

The deceased has been identified as Michael Johnston.

Woman, 48, accused of stabbing boyfriend man to death in Mississauga – Toronto Sun

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week where an official cause of death will be determined. 

Ms. Ljubanovich will be making a brief court appearance on March 9, 2019 to be remanded into custody.

Investigators are satisfied that there are no outstanding suspects.

Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting https://peelcrimestoppers.ca/

Public Meeting TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 – Planning & Development Ctte – Port Credit West Village application

The meeting notice is available on the City of Mississauga Web site. The notice states that a Status Update Report will be available one week prior to the meeting at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/planninganddevelopment