Sustainable new community is making Mississauga’s waterfront more connected and accessible
Published April 22, 2023 at 11:50 am
One of Mississauga’s most anticipated new communities plans to make the Port Credit waterfront more accessible in a way that’s sustainable, environmentally friendly, and open to everyone.
The gorgeous Brightwater community isn’t just designed for residential and amenities – sustainability is also a core aspect of its design in everything from transit to greenspace to energy efficiency. Beyond the waterfront, the whole Port Credit community will also have access to 18 acres of new parks, public green spaces and trails, which will make getting outdoors and getting active easier than ever for the entire neighbourhood.
When complete, the new community’s natural amenities, parks and trails won’t just be for Brightwater residents. They’ll enhance all of Port Credit, benefitting the residents who are already there and making one of Mississauga’s most popular neighbourhoods an even more attractive place to live and visit.
There are several ways Brightwater is building a more sustainable way to live:
New parks and greenspaces open to everyone.
Brightwater’s parks and greenspaces aren’t just for Brightwater residents – its community seeks to enhance the already beautiful Port Credit waterfront, including 500 metres of shoreline development that will provide new ways to access the lake, such as swimming and watersports.
When complete, the community aims to connect residents to 1,500 total feet of waterfront trails across the city and beyond. Within Brightwater there will be five public parks and a whopping 18 acres of open greenspaces, which are currently undergoing public consultation to ensure they will best serve the needs of the community.
This initiative also includes habitat creation, more native plant species, and planting over a thousand new trees, all of which will contribute to Brightwater and Port Credit overall being a prime spot to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.
Right now, all Mississauga residents can have their say on what they’d like to see in Brightwater’s public parks via an online survey that’s open until April 30th.
Another sustainable aspect is the low impact development (LID) storm water management systems and bioswales, which will help to reduce flooding and filter out pollution after heavy rainfall. As the largest LID network in the region, these systems will help take stress off of the current infrastructure and manage water in a more sustainable and natural way.
Well-designed buildings made to be sustainable and energy-efficient.
Brightwater’s buildings are designed to be energy-efficient while prioritizing aesthetics at the same time – such as their mass timber pavilion made from a sustainable, carbon-neutral resource that’s sourced from northern Ontario forests.
The building will feature a sleek design and a green roof that helps purify the air and manages stormwater, while still looking gorgeous and being home to multiple new restaurants for both residents and the community to enjoy. It’s set within the new Brightwater Village Square, a destination that anyone can reach by following the community’s many walking paths, trails, and pedestrian mews.
Brightwater is also exploring geothermal heating and cooling, with the goal of incorporating further sustainable heating and cooling strategies to homes and businesses with the use of geoexchange technology.
The environmentally friendly buildings are expected from Brightwater, which is the only Mississauga community to be a LEED ND candidate. That means there are environmental and sustainable initiatives implemented in every step of the building process: green roofs, newly planted trees, energy efficiency and low-impact development.
Close proximity to transit, trails, car sharing, and green amenities.
Driving everywhere can be tedious and expensive, not to mention how bad the gas emissions are for the environment. That’s why Brightwater’s design includes an ample number of public walking trails and bike paths for a community that’s walkable and convenient. The wide variety of nearby stores and restaurants (including the new Farm Boy grocery store, LCBO, and the many other popular local businesses in Port Credit) will help ensure that everything residents need is nearby.
When residents do need to make a longer trip, transit is always an option: Brightwater is planned with a future MiWay bus loop within the community, as well as green shuttles taking passengers to the Port Credit GO Station which will also have access to the future Hazel McCallion LRT, allowing residents to easily travel to wherever they need to go.
The community will also feature a car-sharing program with smart drop-off design, and is exploring a bike-sharing program, making it a snap to get on wheels only when necessary. Drivers with electric vehicles will be able to access public charging stations, encouraging greener methods of transportation.
Additionally, Brightwater homes are equipped with high-tech features that aren’t just convenient, but help residents live sustainably: Smart thermostats, smart outlets, adjustable lighting, CO2 monitoring and more features all come together to create a more sustainable and energy-efficient way to live. Other useful features include the virtual concierge, unlimited high-speed internet, a smart door lock, smart parcel delivery, and smart parking access.
The condominiums will also have a community app that will be able to control the various features above within the units, as well as used for property management for the amenities.
The most luxurious of Brightwater’s offerings is the Bridge House, a uniquely designed condominium featuring three condo towers that will be connected to each other by gorgeous glass bridges. The bridges will provide breathtaking views of Port Credit and Lake Ontario while connecting residents to resort-like amenities such as the open-air swim spa, party room, and co-working spaces opening out onto the gorgeous outdoor terrace.
Those who are interested in learning more or joining this sustainable new community are encouraged to register.
For all the latest updates on the community’s development, visit experiencebrightwater.ca and follow Brightwater on Facebook and Instagram.