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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Inspiration Port Credit Community Meeting
Clarke Memorial Hall
161 Lakeshore Road West
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.
West Village Partners are the new owners of 70 Mississauga Road South and they have prepared a draft master plan.
- The TOPCA West Village Port Credit page has more information
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.