Residents fight 966-unit development in a Mississauga neighbourhood

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Published October 12, 2023 at 3:17 pm

189 dundas street west, Mississauga
Rendering is based on initial proposal. Actual tower heights may be different upon completion of the project. (Rendering: City of Mississauga submission)

A Mississauga community is fighting a plan for a 966-unit, three-tower condo development.

The proposal for the development at 189 Dundas St W. in Cooksville has been in the works for a couple of years. The developer, Augend 189 Dundas West Village Properties Ltd., submitted an application to the city in June 2021.

The plan is to build three condominium apartment buildings that will be 32-, 20- and 18-storeys high, with ground floor retail or commercial space in the 20-storey building. A vacant car sales business is currently on the property.

Some residents are not happy with the proposal.

“Developers are trying to maximize profit by hiding behind the political hot topic of housing shortfalls,” Freeda Ricardo said in a petition opposing the project. “The provincial government is allowing developers to bypass municipal checks and balances for proposed building projects.”

The petition, started on Oct. 5, had 80 signatures of its 100 goal as of Oct. 12.

In late December 2022, City of Mississauga planners recommended rejecting the project. But the planning department said it would support the intensification of the site with reduced heights, according to a city report.

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But at that point, the developer had gone to the Ontario Land Tribunal, which has the authority to override municipal decisions. The case is scheduled for a merit hearing on Nov. 7, according to the tribunal website.

However, the petition aims to get support before the Ontario Land Tribunal makes a decision. Ricardo notes that the city didn’t approve of the proposal in its current form and the tribunal may not address the city’s concerns and issues.

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Issues include ignoring the balance of high-density adjoining low-density neighbourhoods., increased traffic onto residential streets and emergency response wait times, according to the petition.

“We are in a time crunch to take action and stop over development above current building models. We have a response time of November 1st to try and have our voices heard,” the petition reads.

Learn more about the proposal here and see the petition here.

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