3 shopping centre properties could become homes developments in Mississauga

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Published April 4, 2023 at 3:26 pm

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As the pressure to build more homes increases, the City of Mississauga is looking into allowing residential development on three properties that are currently shopping centres.

This could mean more condos on land set aside for commercial, retail or industrial uses known as employment areas or sites.

The City of Mississauga, in partnership with the Region of Peel, is evaluating the conversion of these three employment sites — at 3155 Argentia Rd., and on Burnhamthorpe Road West at Mavis Road and Central Parkway West — to allow for residential development, according to a notice from the City of Mississauga.

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The city designates areas of land based on their intended use (known as ‘land use’). And employment areas are intended for uses such as manufacturing, warehousing, and office uses, and do not permit residential uses.

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The land use is important as it sets aside space for businesses and jobs in the community.

But at the same time, the City of Mississauga and many other communities are now under pressure to build more homes, the city notes. The province has set a goal for Mississauga to build 120,000 housing units in 10 years.

Peel Regional Council directed Mississauga city staff to evaluate three sites to determine if residential uses would be appropriate.

At the moment, these three sites act as a buffer between heavy employment uses in the city’s employment area and residential areas nearby.

No changes are proposed at this time that will affect existing businesses.

The review will consider potential impacts on businesses should residential uses be approved on any of the sites. Existing businesses are encouraged to participate and provide feedback.

Public comments are welcome during the review process, and there are two virtual meetings residents can attend.

The first meeting discussing 3155 Argentia Rd. is tonight (April 4) at 6 p.m. The second meeting on the Burnhamthorpe Road West properties is on April 11 at 6 p.m. Register here for the meetings.

People can also learn more, ask questions and comment through the City of Mississauga site here.

The study is expected to wrap up at the end of 2023.

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