A shift from the automobile towards transit, cycling and walking is one of the changes highlighted in the City's new Official Plan according to a staff report entitled "Draft Mississauga Official Plan, March 2010", presented at Planning and Development Committee (PDC) yesterday.
"The draft plan is the first major rethink of Mississauga's planning framework and embodies a fundamentally different approach to planning," said John Calvert, director, Policy Planning. "The new official plan will guide development as Mississauga completes its greenfield development stage and focuses on infill and intensification."
Key differences between the existing Mississauga Plan and the draft plan were highlighted in the report. Some examples include:
directing growth to identified intensification areas and protecting established residential areas;
a policy shift from automobile towards transit, cycling and walking as desirable transportation choices;
policies to protect employment areas and to identify lands near transit facilities for offices;
a greater recognition of the importance of "soft" infrastructure - a wide range of housing choices, opportunities for education and social interaction;
a stronger emphasis on urban design aimed at creating active pedestrian-friendly places, suitable transitions of building heights, protecting the character of stable neighbourhoods, views and heritage resources, and creating an attractive public realm.
The Committee approved staff's recommendation that the draft plan be circulated for comment and that a public consultation program, including a statutory open house and public meeting be conducted. Following completion of a public consultation process, staff will report to Council on the comments received and recommend any necessary revisions. The draft City Official Plan will be presented to PDC on June 28 and subsequent to City Council approval will be forwarded to Regional Council for consideration.
Open houses will be held on April 13, 14, 15, 17, 26 and 28. A statutory public meeting will be held on May 3, 2010.
For more information on the draft Official Plan and details on the upcoming open houses and statutory meeting visit www.mississauga.ca/draftmississaugaofficialplan or call Marianne Cassin, Policy Planning Division at 905-615-3200 #5881.
The Official Plan is an important tool to implement the land use component of the Strategic Plan vision, articulated through the "Our Future Mississauga - Be Part of the Conversation" process.
The Cities of Mississauga and Brampton are hosting public information centres to present the findings of the joint Hurontario/Main Street Study, which identifies Light Rail Transit (LRT) as the preferred option for the corridor.
The Hurontario/Main Street Study explored options for rapid transit development, land use and urban design along the corridor, which runs from Port Credit to downtown Brampton. The study is part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, THE BIG MOVE, that identified the corridor as one of 15 priority projects for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Mississauga Public Information Centre:
City of Mississauga Mississauga Civic Centre - Great Hall 300 City Centre Drive (Duke of York Boulevard and Burnhamthorpe Road) Wednesday, March 31, 2010 5 to 8 p.m.
Property Location: 1110 Lorne Park Road Northwest corner of Lorne Park Road and Albertson Crescent
To permit a two storey office building;
This proposal will require an amendment to the Mississauga Plan Policies for the Clarkson-Lorne Park District from "Residential – Low Density I" to "Office";
To change the zoning for the subject lands from "R2-1" (Detached Dwellings – Typical Lots) to "O-Exception" (Office). The applicant proposes to exclude certain office and accessory uses such as medical offices, financial institutions and veterinary clinics.
These applications are being considered under the Bill 51 Planning Act Requirements. (See below)
Purpose of Meeting:
For the applicant to present the proposal;
For interested individuals to ask questions and express their views about the proposal; and
For community input to be used to evaluate the applications.
Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Time: 7:00 p.m. Meeting Place: Mississauga Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 300 City Centre Drive File: OZ 08/015 W2 Applicant: Wellings Planning Consultants Inc. Owner: Jacan Construction Ltd. More Information: Suellen Wright, Project Coordinator, Planning & Building Department at 905-615-3200, ext. 4121 or by e-mail at
Notice Date: March 10, 2010
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