Mississauga hosting (virtual) Official Plan review meetings this month

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Published June 1, 2021 at 9:39 pm

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Mississauga residents, property owners, business owners and staff: the City wants your feedback for its Official Plan Review.

The City is hosting three virtual community meetings this month to discuss key directions of its Official Plan Review and to hear from citizens. Housing, growth, and transportation and the environment will be the focus of the three meetings.

The Official Plan policies address important parts of city-building that affect how the city grows, including transportation, housing, culture and heritage, the environment and the economy.

Mississauga reviews its Official Plan every ten years, to ensure it reflects the changing needs of its residents, although the goals and policies of the document are intended to be achieved over a 25-year span.

The City launched this latest review in June 2019.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday June 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will focus on environmental and transportation issues.

Mississauga’s Transportation Master Plan and its implications will be addressed, as well as the City’s Changing Lanes project. This project will develop a new street classification system; deliver new guidelines for streets in Mississauga by updating its approach to street planning and design; determine a prioritized list of street improvement projects to help efficiently deliver safer and more complete streets; and update road engineering design standards.

Mississauga’s path to combat climate change will also get its moment in the sun. The City’s goals are two-fold. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent by 2050, with the long-term goal of becoming a net zero community; and increase resilience and the capacity of the city to withstand and respond to future climate events by taking action on the highest climate-related risks.

The second meeting will be two days later on June 17 (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and will discuss future growth.

On the agenda that evening will be questions like what parts of the city will be the focus for growth and the desired density; and ways to enhance economic development and job growth.

The third session will take place Wednesday June 23 (6:30 to 8 p.m.), when participants will be asked about housing issues and how the City can increase housing choices in neighbourhoods.

Mississauga is looking at ways to create more diverse housing choices in neighbourhoods. Some of the things they are considering include: two additional residential units on lots with a detached, semi-detached, or rowhouse, such as garden suites or garage conversions; a range and mix of housing types such as duplexes and triplexes; and different living arrangements such as co-ownership and home share.

To participate you need to register here (it’s free) or call 311. Registered participants will receive meeting instructions and background materials. If you are unable to attend, the meetings will be recorded and can be viewed following the sessions.

To prepare for the meetings, visit the project engagement site to review the research briefs, theme summaries and project engagement to date.

The Official Plan review is expected to position Mississauga through the year 2051.

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