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Have Your Say! Participate in Virtual Engagement Sessions Shaping Mississauga

As we welcome spring, the City has a number of virtual community engagement sessions coming up on key projects that are building our city.

Have your say Mississauga! We want to hear your ideas and opinions on the projects that are transforming Mississauga. Here are the upcoming engagement sessions for April and May where you can provide input and gain a greater understanding of how we are planning and shaping our City’s future.

·      School Streets Pilot Project

April 12 at 6:30 p.m. and April 25 at 7 p.m. – virtual meetings

The City will launch its first School Streets pilot project at three schools: Hillside Public School (Ward 2), St. Alfred Separate School (Ward 3) and Brian W. Fleming Public School (Ward 3). A School Street creates a temporary car-free environment in front of a school during pick-up and/or drop-off times. This reduces traffic congestion and encourages students and their families to walk or roll to school. 

Two online community meetings are available for residents in Wards 2 and 3 to get more details about the pilot. Anyone who is curious about the School Streets concept is also invited to attend. All participants can ask questions and share their feedback as planning for the pilot continues. Residents can also share their feedback using an online survey.

·      Off-street Parking Recommendations

April 19 at 6 p.m. (Off-street Parking) and May 9 at 1:30 p.m. (Bicycle Parking only) – In person and virtual

The City is updating its off-street parking regulations under the Zoning By-law to support local business, help deliver affordable housing, respond to climate change and enhance travel, transit and walkability.

Off-street parking regulations refer to the amount of vehicle and/or bicycle parking required on private and public properties because of new development, redevelopment, building expansion or a land use change. Changes would not affect existing buildings or homes.

public meeting for off-street parking is being held on April 19 at Planning and Development Committee  (PDC) to consider changes to the Zoning By-law relating to off-street parking as part of the City’s Parking Regulations Study.This includes proposed changes to the City’s parking regulations for private and public properties as a result of new development or redevelopment.

public meeting for bicycle parking is being held on May 9 at Planning and Development Committee  (PDC) to introduce bicycle parking rates and regulations in the Zoning By-law as part of the Parking Regulations Study. Thisincludes amendments to the City’s Zoning By-law regarding bicycle parking requirements for private and public properties, as a result of new development or redevelopment.

·      Aerial Spray

April 20 at 6 p.m. – virtual meeting

The City is conducting an aerial spray this spring and will be hosting a virtual meeting to address resident questions or concerns. The spray will target and manage Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD), formerly known as “gypsy moth,” in affected city neighbourhoods. The timing of the spray is dependent on weather conditions, the emergence of the LDD caterpillars and the leaf development on trees. 

Register online at mississauga.ca/2022spray.

·      Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods

April 20 to May 20 – online engagement

The City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods Study is exploring ways to introduce a variety of housing options in Mississauga. Housing affordability is a major issue in Mississauga and the wider GTA.

The project team is looking for specific feedback on concept designs for five different housing types: garage conversions, duplexes, triplexes, multiplexes and garden suites. As part of this on-demand, online consultation, residents can watch a presentation video to learn more about each housing type. The video includes design concepts and floors plans. After watching the video, residents can participate in a survey to provide their feedback.

·      Major Transit Station Areas

April 26 at 6:30 p.m. – virtual meeting

Major Transit Station Areas (MTSA) are mixed-use, transit-supportive neighbourhoods that will provide easy access to local amenities, jobs, housing and recreation opportunities. MTSAs generally include lands within a 500-800 metre radius (a 10-minute walk) of a higher order transit station or stop. They are located primarily along existing or planned transit corridors (e.g., GO Train, Light Rail Transit, Bus Rapid Transit). The City of Mississauga is developing its own detailed MTSA policies to align with Regional and Provincial requirements. 

This virtual information session will present the proposed city-wide MTSA policies and explain how they will align with the Region of Peel and other related City projects.

Register for the virtual information session here.

·       Complete Streets Guide

Provide online feedback by May 1

The City has developed a draft Complete Streets Guide and is now looking for resident feedback.

The guide provides a comprehensive approach to building safer, more complete streets in Mississauga for all ages, abilities and modes of travel. It will help ensure that all road users are accommodated and feel comfortable and safe sharing Mississauga streets whether they’re walking, cycling, commuting or driving. It will also help the City prioritize safer, slower speeds for all road users in a way that enhances quality of life while improving how a street functions.

Take the survey here.

Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Near Waterways

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near rivers, streams, ponds and lakes this time of year and urging people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways. Melting snow combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground that is less able to absorb water can lead to higher and faster flowing water and unstable ice conditions.

Be safe this spring and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.
  • Unless an area is officially sanctioned for it, avoid all recreational activities on or around water and ice, especially near ice jams.
  • Do not attempt to walk on ice-covered water or drive through flooded roads or fast-moving water.
  • If you live close to the water, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them if water levels rise.
  • Avoid walking close to or across riverbanks, shorelines and ice-covered water to prevent falling through. Riverbanks and shorelines can be slippery and unstable due to snowmelt and erosion.
  • Rescuing a person or pet from icy water is dangerous. If you see anyone that has fallen through the ice call 9-1-1 for help immediately.
  • Stay informed with the Alertable app. Alertable is a Canadian public emergency alert system that offers CVC flood alerts in real-time, right to your mobile device. It’s free via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
  • Know who to contact during a flood emergency.

CVC continues to monitor the Credit River watershed for potential flooding through the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will continue to monitor watershed conditions throughout the transition to spring.

Continue reading Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Near Waterways

WATERSHED CONDITIONS

Water Safety Statement

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) advises that Environment Canada is forecasting above zero air temperatures over the weekend and early next week with the highest temperature exceeding 10°C and a chance of 2 to 4 mm of showers on Sunday, March 6th, 2022.

Water levels in the Credit River and its major tributaries have receded to seasonal normal levels after February flood events. However, ice breakup/jam risks are continuing. River ice is still present along the Credit River, especially upstream of the Paper Mill Dam in Georgetown. An ice jam remains in Churchville, although its size has decreased.

The amount of runoff expected on Sunday and Monday is estimated to be in the range of 20 mm or more. It is not anticipated that the flows will be sufficient to push the ice over the Paper Mill Dam. However, expected flows may be sufficient to breakup and mobilize the ice in the river, so new ice jams may form elsewhere.

While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, higher water levels and partial ice coverage will result in local streams and rivers becoming dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges, and dams. The public is advised to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, March 7th, 2022, or until further notice.  

To view current watershed conditions, visit our real-time monitoring website:  https://cvc.ca/real-time-monitoring/

Here to Stay – Repairs Planned for Port Credit Library

A plan to repair the foundation of the Port Credit Library was approved in principle at today’s General Committee meeting. This will enable the library to reopen in the same location once the work to rehabilitate the building is completed.

“Over the past several months, I have been working extensively to ensure that Ward 1 is able to have a library in the Port Credit community. I am so pleased it will be able to stay in its present place – it’s a popular location that means so much to library customers and the Port Credit neighbourhood,” said Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1. “Thank you to everyone for your patience as staff, Council and I worked to develop a viable, long-term plan for the library.” 

The building has been closed to the public since June 28, 2021. The library and Port Credit Memorial Park are built on landfill that over time has impacted the stability of the building’s foundation and supports. 

Since that time, City staff researched and reviewed several options that include:

  • building a new library at the same location
  • relocating to another location in the Lakeshore area
  • maintaining the existing 8,200 sq. ft. library by repairing the existing concrete foundation


The report recommended that the City proceed with the repair option and keep the building in its current location at a cost of approximately $6 to $8 million. 

The repair work involves a process the City first tested in 2016 as a pilot project, whereby helical piles (steel pipes) were installed onto three piers to stabilize the foundation. This was found to be an effective long-term solution and will be used to repair the entire foundation.

The foundation repair is expected to extend the building’s life for another 50 years.

“Rehabilitating the foundation is a benefit for everyone. It is the most cost-effective solution, it allows the library to stay in the neighbourhood and it extends the life of the building for many years to come.” 

Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

The construction timeline is approximately 20 to 24 months, with the library expected to reopen in late 2023 or early 2024.

The recommendation to repair the Port Credit Library foundation will be before Council for final approval on February 16.

“The Port Credit Memorial Arena Pop Up Library will continue to serve the community as the library building undergoes rehabilitation,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “Customers can also access any of our other 17 locations or our wide range of ebooks, audiobooks and other online services.”

Visit: Port Credit Library web page

Winter Safety Message – Be Safe Near Waterways: Unsafe Ice

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) reminds residents and visitors to our parks of the dangers near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways and water bodies.

We are experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Changing temperatures make ice conditions unpredictable and unstable. Additionally, streambanks are slippery and extremely cold water can be hazardous.

Be safe this winter and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water, including skating in unsanctioned areas
  • Tailor your winter outdoor activities to trails at local parks and conservation areas
  • Follow staff instructions and signage throughout CVC conservation areas

For more information, contact your local conservation authority:

  • Credit Valley Conservation – (905) 670-1615
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority – (416) 661-6514
  • Conservation Halton – (905) 336-1158
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority – (905) 895-1281
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority – (905) 579-0411
  • Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority – (905) 885-8173
  • Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority – (705) 424-1479
  • Kawartha Conservation – (705) 328-2271

For more information about our parks, visit cvc.ca/park-advisories for the latest updates.  

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (“sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.