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.

 

Upcoming Information Sessions About MiWay’s 2018 Service Plan

From September 25 to 30, MiWay is hosting public information sessions about its 2018 service plan. The sessions will provide the public with more information on how MiWay will increase service levels along major corridors and introduce more express services to power the grid network in 2018. The theme for the third year of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan is “Powering the Grid.”

MiWay 5 is a five-year plan (2016-2020) that is shifting Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network that allows for more frequent buses along main corridors and delivers more direct services. The plan also optimizes the use of the Mississauga Transitway, which will be completed with the opening of Renforth station this fall.

Drop in to one of the MiWay 5 Public Information Centres:

Date Time MiWay 5 Public Information Centre Locations
Monday, September 25

 

2 to 7 p.m. City Centre Transit Terminal

200 Rathburn Rd. W

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Tuesday, September 26

 

4 to 7 p.m. Port Credit Library

20 Lakeshore Rd. E

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Thursday, September 28 3 to 7 p.m.

 

Meadowvale Town Centre

6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle

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Saturday, September 30 1 to 4 p.m. Westwood Square

7205 Goreway Dr.

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For more information about the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan, visit miway.ca/miway5.

To provide feedback on MiWay’s 2018 service plan, visit miway.ca/mivoice or attend an information session.

City of Mississauga Seeks Permission To Allow Former Port Credit Lawn Bowling Site To Be Used As “Temporary” GO Transit Parking Lot

The matter will be heard on September 21st at 1:30pm and comments either for or against the application may be sent by email.  Please include your name, address and the address (91 Park St. E.) your comments are in regards to.  Details are on page 26 of the linked Committee of Adjustment agenda.

Boat Show Discount on our Nautical PC T’s!

It’s Boat Show weekend in Port Credit and we’re celebrating by offering you 10% off the normal price of $20 with discount code BOATSHOW.  Offer expires midnight Sunday, August 27th.

The price includes shipping anywhere in Canada (only) via Canada Post.

Register for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

Residents 65 years and older and people with disabilities can register for the City of Mississauga’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program until 9 p.m. on Friday, November 10. A windrow is a pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after a snow plow has cleared a road.

“As we prepare for the winter season, we are asking residents 65 years and over and people with disabilities to register for the program,” said Mickey Frost, Director of Works Operations and Maintenance. “The program provides assistance to eligible applicants by clearing windrows after snow plowing operations are complete.”

Participants in the program will have approximately three metres (ten feet wide) of space cleared in the windrow, enough to allow one car to pass. The service is normally provided within 36 hours after the end of a snow storm. The program runs from November 27, 2017 until March 30, 2018.

The cost of the program is either $200 or free if the applicant meets financial assistance criteria. The program is offered to 300 eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program applications are available online or at all community centres, the Recreation Customer Service Centre (located at the Mississauga Central Library) and the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre.