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City Rolls Out First Quiet Street in Mississauga

Today, the City launched its first Quiet Street in Ward 1 at St. Lawrence Dr. near Port Street East. in Port Credit. Quiet Streets are intended to encourage slow traffic and limit vehicle volume to local traffic only. They are temporary, short-term installations to provide more space for cyclists, walkers and runners to safely and comfortably use the road while being able to physical distance.

Along with Quiet Streets and lower neighbourhood speed limits, the City has also launched 17.9 km of new separated and on-road bike lanes that will be installed by the end of the year. Several key City strategic initiatives support the rapid expansion of the cycling network in Mississauga, including the Cycling Master Plan, the Climate Change Action Plan, and the Transportation Master Plan. The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee was also consulted in the development of the framework.

Quiet Streets were recommended as part of the COVID-19 Active Transportation Recovery Framework. Installations involve temporary barricades and signs to indicate to drivers that their travel path has been altered, along with warning to take extra care if they live in the area and are navigating the road. The barricades will allow for easy movement of essential emergency service vehicles as well as waste and road maintenance vehicles. Specific layouts will vary somewhat depending on characteristics such as road width and parking usage on each roadway.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko launch the City’s first Quiet Street in Ward 1

The City will roll out eight Quiet Street sites over the next week with the potential for a total of 22 locations by the end of the month. Quiet Streets will not be implemented on multi-lane major collector or arterial roadways or with roads that have MiWay routes. Quiet Streets will be in place until October 15, 2020 in order to allow time to prepare for the winter season and for winter maintenance machinery such as snow plows.

Work has also begun on the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project, which includes lowering speed limits to 30 km/h in neighbourhood school zones, implementing school area community safety zones and lowering speed limits on residential streets to 40 km/h.

Learn more about how the City is keeping pedestrians and cyclists moving safely in Mississauga, through the Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework report,approved by Council in July 2020. To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 impacts on City services, visit mississauga.ca/recovery and follow the City on Twitter @citymississauga.

City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Virtual Committee Meetings & Library Recovery Plan

Today, Mississauga City Council approved several initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including virtual meetings for Planning and Development Committee (PDC) and Committee of Adjustment and a Library recovery plan.

“We are very pleased to be taking further steps toward recovery in Mississauga. Our Library has plans to reopen in a phased approach and our Planning and Development Committee and Committee of Adjustment meetings will resume in a virtual format. Enhanced public notification will complement the change of format. I would like to note our Planning and Legislative Services staff have remained fully operational during the pandemic and will resume holding required public meetings in association with development and Committee of Adjustment applications in order to keep our City moving.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

During the pandemic, on April 22, 2020 Council suspended PDC and Committee of Adjustment meetings. Since the closure of City Hall, Planning and Building Department services have remained fully operational, including accepting and processing development and building permit applications with online submission processes including fee payments and scheduling building and site inspections. Public meetings will resume in association with development and Committee of Adjustment applications. PDC meeting notices provide a range of options for residents and businesses to access additional information, including how to contact the city planner and how to provide written comments by mail or email.

Planning and Development Committee and Committee of Adjustment Virtual Meetings

Virtual PDC meetings will occur in the same format that Council is currently meeting with public engagement through telephone, computer or mobile device. Applicants will be able to present their development proposals to PDC and the public and respond to questions or comments from Council and registered deputants. Information reports will outline resident concerns received up until the report is prepared. Recommendation reports will continue to summarize and respond to resident concerns. PDC meetings will be held in evenings at 6 p.m. The first virtual PDC meeting will be tentatively held on July 13, 2020. Visit the Council and Committees Calendar for updates.

Which Applications Can Proceed to a Virtual PDC Meeting? 

Development applications and City-initiated projects that are eligible can be scheduled for a virtual PDC meeting. Only applications deemed to be non-controversial or expected to attract limited public interests will be advanced. If public interest is limited, an information report with enhanced public notice would proceed to a PDC meeting. If additional public engagement is required during the public meeting, the committee may direct staff to either hold a second public meeting once in-person meetings resume or provide full public notice when the Recommendation Report is presented at a later PDC meeting. Recommendation reports for development applications and/or City-initiated projects that have already had a public meeting and which generated minimal resident concern should also be scheduled for a virtual PDC meeting. If the committee subsequently determines that additional public engagement is needed during the recommendation report meeting, it may defer the matter to a later meeting once in-person meetings resume.

Committee of Adjustment Meetings 

Similar to Council and PDC, the Committee of Adjustment virtual meetings will allow the public and applicants to engage in the process and meeting through telephone, computer or mobile device. The public notices will provide details about how to register as a deputant to speak at a meeting or other means of providing input about an application. The next Committee of Adjustment meeting will start the week of June 22, 2020. The committee is to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to address applications. Visit the Council and Committees Calendar for updates.

Electronic application submission and payment has continued since the closure of the Civic Centre.  Details related to the Committee of Adjustment can be found at https://web.mississauga.ca/council/committees/committee-of-adjustment

Marriage Licences

The City will resume issuing marriage licences effective June 10, 2020 at the Provincial Offences Courthouse, 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West by appointment. For details please visit: mississauga.ca/marriagelicences.

Library Recovery Plan

Council endorsed a phased re-opening plan for library facilities.

The library will use a phased approach to resuming services following the Government of Ontario’s announcement on May 14 allowing public libraries to offer curbside pickup. Details on timing and the service will be shared on City channels at a later date.

Library due dates and fines continue to be suspended until further notice.

Customers can continue to use their library card or virtual card to explore our vast collection of ebooks, audiobooks and other online virtual resources.

For more information, visit mississaugalibrary.ca and follow Mississauga Library on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: mississauga.ca/coronavirus or call 311.

CITY PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR TAXPAYERS DURING COVID-19

Today, Council unanimously agreed to provide further financial assistance to taxpayers to help ease financial pressures as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 by:

·         deferring final tax instalments for 90 days

·         stopping late payment charges and fees related to tax payment requests for changes

Council previously provided cash flow assistance by deferring the April to June interim tax instalment dates by 90 days and is again asking all landlords to pass this additional financial relief on their tenants.

“We are doing what we can as a City to provide as much relief to residents and businesses as possible,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today’s decision to defer property tax instalments and waive penalty fees will help taxpayers recovering from the shock of this crisis manage their cash flow in a difficult time. As a City, we do not have the financial resources of the federal and provincial governments to offer full relief, but we are doing what we can within our power while remaining financial prudence.”

 The City of Mississauga is looking at all options available for recovering and balancing its 2020 operating and capital costs as a result of the impacts from COVID-19 and as required by-law.

“With the support and approval of Council, we are working to try and ease some of the economic impacts and financial hardships being faced by many families and businesses in Mississauga as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “At the same time, we are carefully monitoring the City’s operating and capital budgets and identifying opportunities for cost avoidance, including potentially deferring some of our capital spending this year. We are thankful to both the Region of Peel and the Government of Ontario for deferring the upper-tier and education tax payments which is greatly assisting the City during this challenging time. We are however, still facing significant revenue shortfalls. We need and are seeking, financial assistance from both the provincial and federal governments.”

Interim Tax Payment Schedules

As decided at the March 20 meeting of Council, interim property tax payments were deferred for 90 days. Notices were distributed to taxpayers at the end of March.

1.    Regular Instalment Payments

For those paying by regular instalment, interim property tax payments of April 2 and May 7 were deferred to July 2 and August 6.

New Interim Payment Schedule Due DatesJuly 2, 2020August 6, 2020

2.    Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments

For those paying by monthly pre-authorized payments with the City, interim property tax payments in April, May and June were deferred to July, August and September.

Residential and Non-Residential
New Interim Payment Schedule Due DatesJuly 2020August 2020September 2020

Final Tax Payment Schedules

The timing of final tax payments for residential and non-residential property owners will depend on their chosen method of payment and if they continued with their interim tax payments as originally billed.

3.    Regular Instalment Payments

Final tax payments have been deferred by 90 days for taxpayers currently paying by instalments. Payments will now be made in October, November and December.

Residential and Non-residential
New Final Payment Schedule Due Dates– final tax instalmentsOctober 1, 2020November 5, 2020December 3, 2020

For residential properties, final tax instalments would normally be due in July, August and September.

For non-residential properties, final tax instalments normally would be due as one single payment in August.

4.    Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments – Interim Payments were Deferred

For taxpayers who had monthly withdrawals deferred, final payments will be made in three equal withdrawals one in October, one in November and one in December.

Residential and Non-Residential
New Final Payment Schedule Due Dates– if Interim tax payments were deferredOctober 2020November 2020December 2020
 Withdrawal paymentWithdrawal paymentWithdrawal payment

5.    Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments – Payments Continued

Taxpayers who have chosen to continue to make regular monthly payments for their interim taxes will continue with monthly withdrawals on their normal schedule.

Residential and Non-residential
Payment Schedule UnchangedInterim tax payments continuedJuly 2020*residential only Monthly withdrawalAugust 2020 Monthly withdrawalSeptember2020 Monthly withdrawalOctober2020 Monthly withdrawalNovember 2020 Monthly withdrawalDecember 2020 Monthly withdrawal

Property assessment is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). These assessments are updated every four years and increases are phased-in over a four-year period. The last re-assessment was conducted in 2016. The next MPAC reassessment was planned to be completed this year for the 2021 taxation year; however,due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario postponed the assessment update. This means the property assessment used for the 2021 tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year.

In addition, to the COVID-19 assistance, the City of Mississauga is also continuing with its annual tax rebate for low-income seniors and low-income persons with disabilities. For 2020, the annual rebate has been increased to $436.

Read the full report: 2020 Final Levy Taxation Addressing COVID-19 Impacts

Learn more about the City of Mississauga’s taxes and assessment processes.

City’s Official Plan Review – Status Update and Public Engagement Timeline

On Monday, March 9, City staff will present a project update with public engagement timelines for Mississauga’s Official Plan Review to the City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC). The City is reviewing the existing Official Plan to ensure it reflects the changing needs, opportunities and aspirations of Mississauga.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

Time: 6 p.m.

Location:
Civic Centre – Council Chamber, Second floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
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The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment. The Official Plan addresses things like:

·        where housing, industry, offices, shops, and roads should go

·        which services and amenities (e.g. parks, schools, transit) are needed and where they will be located

·        what parts of the city will be the focus for growth and what it will look like e.g. heights and densities

·        ways to enhance economic development and job growth

All are welcome to attend the meeting or watch on the live stream: mississauga.ca/livestreaming

Background:

The City launched the Official Plan Review at a Special Council meeting held on June 10, 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the public engagement page

City Refreshes Waterfront Parks Strategy

The City of Mississauga has refreshed its Waterfront Parks Strategy, outlining a 25-year vision for City parks along Mississauga’s 22 kilometres (km) of waterfront along Lake Ontario. The strategy promotes the protection and enhancement of the City’s waterfront while providing public access along the water’s edge and opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The proposed infrastructure improvements will maintain and strengthen the City’s historical connection to Lake Ontario.

“For decades, a large part of Mississauga’s waterfront was a hub for heavy industry with limited access for the public. Over the years we’ve worked to build parks and create public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our work is only just beginning. This 25-year strategy aims to further reclaim our waterfront and ensure it remains accessible to residents for generations to come,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “People are drawn to the water and Mississauga is in the envious position of having 22 kilometres of shoreline. It’s important we not only protect this precious resource, but also promote it. We will do this by seamlessly connecting our existing and new parks with a continuous waterfront trail that connects to our neighbours, and ensuring that all future development prioritizes access to the water.”

The vision of the strategy is Life Thrives at the Water, which captures the spirit of how the waterfront influences the well-being of all the communities and ecosystem along the lake edge. The refresh builds on the 2008 strategy and addresses current planning trends and intensification along Mississauga’s waterfront. As well, the strategy supports the Cycling Master Plan by recommending the implementation of north/ south cycling connections to Lakeshore Road and beyond with paths linking to Toronto and Oakville, and the waterfront trail closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Crombie added, “As a key commercial area for the City, Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment will drive tourism, foster innovation, attract new business and boost economic growth. Our goal is to ensure our waterfront is a walkable, accessible, transit and cycling-friendly community where people can meet and connect and where businesses can prosper and thrive.”

Port Credit Harbour

The refreshed strategy builds upon the City’s successes along the waterfront and provides a planning framework to address:

·        Climate change

·        Intensification and brownfield development along the waterfront

·        The desire to create an enlivened water’s edge with increased public access and water-based recreation (e.g. boating, paddling, fishing and swimming)

·        Increased use of the waterfront by a diverse population in balance with natural heritage goals

·        Tourism in balance with local community needs

“The strategy provides a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and enhance the waterfront park system for present and future generations,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment. “Each waterfront park has its own character and provides a unique waterfront experience that includes different views of the lake, trail use, nature and heritage appreciation as well as special programs.”

The most significant changes for the 2019 refresh include new parkland, as well as a new large naturalized landscape created as part of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Robillos added, “The implementation and funding of initiatives for the strategy will be subject to approval through the annual budget and business planning process.”

The City’s Refreshed Waterfront Parks Strategy Plan is set to go to Council for final approval on February 5. For more information about the project, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-waterfront-parks-strategy.