RioCan wins Land Tribunal case over Mississauga high-rise development

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Published July 7, 2021 at 2:37 pm

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Development giant Rio Can got the last laugh on Mississauga Council when it won a recent decision at the Ontario Land Tribunal, allowing their high-rise project near downtown to go ahead.

City Council had rejected the proposal, saying the 25-storey residential/commercial building was too close to an industrial chemical facility and didn’t represent “good planning.”

The proposed development on Grand Prix Drive shares a property line with chemical recycling plant Fielding Environmental, but the Tribunal ruled in April that the 272-unit RioTrin (Rio Can) Properties apartment project was far enough away from the plant to not pose a risk to its future residents.

The Tribunal also ruled that the apartment complex’s proximity to the chemical plant would not impact Fielding Environmental’s ability to expand.

Mississauga council voted to refuse the application in March, 2019.

The Rio Can development, which was recommended for approval by City planning staff, was initially proposed as a 32-storey, 321-unit residential and commercial building.

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