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Mississauga Moves Forward on its Housing Strategy

City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee  yesterday adopted the City’s first housing strategy Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga.

The Strategy is the City’s plan for fostering a supportive environment for the development of a range of housing that is affordable for all. It targets middle-income households and also benefits lower-income households.
While the Region of Peel is responsible for subsidized housing, middle-income households have not been widely supported in terms of housing supply. Middle-income households do not qualify for financial assistance and cannot afford housing at current market prices.  The strategy will help provide opportunities for lower-income households by freeing up supply.
The strategy offers 40 actions supported by the Mississauga Housing Advisory Panel, a group of over 20 housing professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors that shared their knowledge, advice and solutions. It also includes a five-year action plan centred on municipal powers and funding partnerships to achieve its goals.
Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga defines how the City of Mississauga will address the affordable housing crisis in our City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We’re ready to do our part to ensure that those who want to live in Mississauga can afford to do so. The strategy provides bold, innovative solutions to increasing affordability. Safe, affordable housing is a pillar of a complete city and we will achieve our goals if we work together with our partners to create a supportive development environment for a range of affordable housing for all.”

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MiWay Cash Fare to Increase by 25 Cents; Tickets by 10 Cents

Budget Committee Update – September 20, 2017

The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee recently considered new and increased fees and charges for 2018. This includes transit fares, Recreation and Parks and Forestry programs. These revenue sources will help offset the cost of delivering these services.

Highlights include:

  • New fees introduced for non-resident pool rental
  • MiWay cash fare increase by $0.25 from $3.50 to $3.75, paper ticket fares increase by $0.10 for adult, student and senior tickets effective January 29, 2018, while PRESTO fares remain at current rates
  • New fees introduced for forestry inspection at $50, upgraded commemorative tree donation at $2,500 and garden park bench donation at $5,000
  • Increase to filming location fees based on the cost of inflation and benchmarking

Additional revenue of approximately $1.2 million is expected from the increases and new fees. These will alleviate some pressures on the property tax rate in 2018.

The proposed fees and charges were presented at a Council meeting for approval on September 27, 2017.

More information about the City budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget.

Bill 139 Would Provide Greater Land Use Planning Authority for Mississauga

Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee yesterday expressed their support for Bill 139 and endorsed staff’s comments on the Ontario Government’s proposed legislation. The legislation would change the land use planning appeal system in Ontario and better preserve the natural environment.

The Government of Ontario introduced Bill 139 – the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act in May 2017.

The new act would create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre to replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Together, these agencies would give municipalities a stronger voice in land use planning.

Among other changes, the Bill proposes to amend the Planning Act to only allow appeals to the Tribunal where a Council decision fails to conform to a policy statement or is inconsistent with a provincial or upper-tier plan. The Bill would also expand the types of matters that are exempt from appeal.

The City’s Legal Services staff reviewed the proposed amendments in consultation with Council members and City departments.

The resulting staff report includes a recommendation that the Mayor or designate convey support for the Bill and provide comments to the Standing Committee.

“Mississauga welcomes the opportunity to help shape land use planning at the local level,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It is time that municipalities strengthen our authority to make local land use planning decisions. The proposed amendments align well with our efforts to build a great city that respects and preserves the natural environment as it continues to change and grow.”

In addition to expressing support for Bill 139, it is recommended in the report that comments be submitted relating to clarifying aspects of the new test for conformity, transition provisions to avoid a large influx of appeals, climate change policy requirements and exemption from appeal for Section 37 benefits and Community Improvement Plans.

“People should have a better, faster, more accessible and affordable process for appealing land use decisions,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Municipalities know their communities and understand local land use issues. Bill 139 puts the responsibility for good planning where it belongs, in the hands of local decision makers.”

The recommendations contained in the report will be brought to Council for approval on October 11, 2017.

 

Inspiration Port Credit Community Meeting – Future of 70 Mississauga Road South

THURSDAY, JUNE 8TH AT 7PM AT CLARKE HALL

Inspiration Port Credit is hosting a community meeting on June 8 on the future of 70 Mississauga Road South. West Village Partners – the new owners of the site – will present their draft master plan. The draft master plan will continue to evolve through the development application review process with input from the community, the City and approval agencies.

What:

Inspiration Port Credit Community Meeting

Where:

Clarke Memorial Hall

161 Lakeshore Road West

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When:

Thursday, June 8

6:30 to 9 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – Open House

7 p.m. – Presentation by West Village Partners of their draft master plan followed by Q&A

8 p.m. – Observations and next steps

Inspiration Port Credit is part of the City of Mississauga’s Strategic Plan to create a new, sustainable community on the waterfront.

To find out more about Inspiration Port Credit and upcoming community sessions, visit inspirationportcredit.com.

 

Former Imperial Oil Lands at 70 Mississauga Road South – Community Meeting – June 8, 2017

Photo: TOPCA.net

West Village Partners are the new owners of 70 Mississauga Road South and they have prepared a draft master plan.

Inspiration Port Credit is hosting a community meeting on June 8 where the West Village Partners will present their draft master plan to the community (see details below).

The draft master plan will continue to evolve through the development application review process informed by input from the community, City and approval agencies. After this, the City will make final recommendations on the master plan and development applications.

Community Meeting Details:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West

6:30 – 7 p.m. Open House

7 – 8 p.m. Presentation by West Village Partners of their Draft Master Plan followed by Q&A

8 – 9 p.m. Observations and Next Steps

Inspiration Port Credit is part of the City of Mississauga’s Strategic Plan to create a vibrant, sustainable community on the waterfront.

For more information visit inspirationportcredit.com.