Mississauga’s Proposed Parking Master Plan Now Available for Public Comment

The City of Mississauga’s proposed Parking Master Plan, “Parking Matters” is now available for public comment. 

The master plan details how community parking will evolve as the City continues to grow and transform. The plan’s content reflects the input received during extensive public and stakeholder consultation staff conducted over the past two years.

“The Parking Master Plan and Implementation Strategy looks at all aspects of parking in Mississauga,” said Andy Harvey, Director, Traffic Management and Municipal Parking. “Parkingpolicy, planning, funding and emerging technologies were studied to develop an approach to parking that is made for Mississauga.The Parking Master Plan will help improve efficiency, manage parking in the future and better align public and private parking with transportation and economic development goals across the City.” 

The master plan provides short and long-term recommendations focused on 10 themes. These include Municipal Parking Provisions and Management, Funding and Finance, Safety and Accessibility and Technology and Innovation.

Visit the Parking Matters website to provide comments. All input received by May 31 will be considered. 

The master plan will go to General Committee for approval on June 12.

Learn more about Parking Matters in Mississauga.

Mississauga’s First Transportation Master Plan Sets Vision For Freedom to Move

The City’s first Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was presented at General Committee on Wednesday. The plan outlines a vision, six goals and over 90 action items to guide the future of the City’s transportation system from today to 2041. Inherent in the plan is a commitment to advancing Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries. 

“This new plan is an important part of our efforts to keep Mississauga moving, regardless of where, when or how you choose to travel. We are working to build a world-class, transit-oriented city where people can easily move across our city and beyond, whether that’s to get to school, work, shopping or activities while helping businesses boost their productivity through the efficient movement of goods and services.

As the business capital of Canada and home to Pearson International Airport, five 400-series highways and several major distribution centres, this plan will help ensure Mississauga remains open for business as a vital economic hub for the movement of goods at the national scale,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Above all, it recognizes the important role that livable, walkable, healthy communities play in encouraging active transportation.  It also provides us with a road map to help us realize our goal of becoming a Vision Zero city, where it is safe for all types of travellers to share the road.”

The TMP is future-focused and comes at an important time in the City’s development.

“We have reached a new phase of higher-density urban growth,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “There is a growing demand from our residents for multi-modal travel options – walking, cycling, transit, ridehailing and other alternatives to driving. In looking ahead to 2041, we know our demographics will shift, with new young families and our aging population. In addition, we aim to keep up with rapid change and innovation in the transportation sector, such as integration with smartphones and other smart devices, especially automated, connected, electric and shared vehicles (ACES).”

Highlights of the Plan

Vision 

The freedom to move is vital to support the quality of life in Mississauga.  The TMP lays out a vision for providing mobility in our city from today to 2041:  In Mississauga, everyone and everything will have the freedom to move safely, easily and efficiently to anywhere at any time.

Goals

The vision will be realized through six goals to ensure the transportation system fulfills its essential role in city building.

·        Safety: Freedom from Harm

Safe conditions for all travellers, advancing Vision Zero by supporting hazard-free travel and striving for zero fatalities.

·        Inclusion: Freedom from Barriers

An accessible network, where moving is easy regardless of a person’s age, ability, income or familiarity with the city.

·        Integration: Freedom of Choice

An integrated network, where people and goods have viable options for moving within and beyond the city.

·        Connectivity: Freedom of Access

Simple and pleasant connections between people and the places and things they need to prosper.

·        Health: Freedom to Flourish

Support for the health of people and the planet, with more people-powered trips, lower vehicle emissions and better stewardship of the natural environment.

·        Resilience: Freedom to Evolve

Leadership in adapting to changes that reshape the transportation system and how it is used.

Action Plan

The TMP is future-focused and includes over 90 proposed actions to implement the plan over the short term (1-5 years), medium (6 – 15 years) and long term (16+years). Actions in the TMP will be built into staff work plans over the coming years. Those with financial implications will be presented to Council for consideration through the City’s annual budget process.

“Our transportation system is more than a network of roads and traffic lanes,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works. “It is an interconnected system of sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, cycling facilities and roads as well as public services like transit, parking and traffic management and regulation of private service providers like taxis, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs – such as Uber and Lyft), towing and delivery vehicles. To continue to build a great city with a resilient transportation system, we have joined together with leaders from across the organization – from Planning & Building to Parks, Forestry & Environment — to consider all the long-term planning aspects of this complex city-wide system.” 

Progress on the actions of the TMP will be tracked and reported annually. Routine updates to the TMP will take place in coordination with updates to the Mississauga Official Plan.

The TMP is the result of Mississauga Moves, a two-year study that combined research and analysis with a public conversation about the future of mobility. The City analysed transportation and transit data, policies, future trends and international best practices. Public engagement took place in-person and online with a dedicated project website. Key community and industry stakeholders as well as other levels of government were also consulted in the process. Over the course of two years, the project team had more than 2,000 face-to-face conversations with community members and made more than 10,000 online connections through the website and social media. 

The full plan is available online. Council is expected to approve the plan next week.

Planning and Development Committee Meetings Move to Afternoons

EVENING SESSIONS WILL ONLY BE SCHEDULED IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES; MEETINGS FULFILL REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION UNDER THE PLANNING ACT

Effective March 2019, the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) meetings will move to a 1:30 p.m. start time.

If there are a high number of agenda items or a need for an evening meeting due to a specific application, an additional 6:30 p.m. session will be added. However, this will only be in special circumstances.  

Participation by residents, Resident and Ratepayers Associations and their members is an important part of the planning and development process. As such, there are many ways for residents to provide feedback and stay informed: 

·        Submit your comments in writing

Written comments are considered with the same weight as verbal submissions at PDC. Comments can be provided either via email to application.info@mississauga.ca or letter sent to:

Mississauga City Council

Attention: Development Assistant

c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor

300 City Centre Dr.

Mississauga, ON

L5B 3C1

·        Attend the Planning and Development Committee meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend and speak to matters on the agenda. PDC meetings are held in: 

Council Chamber

Mississauga Civic Centre

300 City Centre Dr.

Mississauga, ON

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·        Watch the live stream or videos on demand

PDC meetings are live streamed and available on demand via our website

·        Request notification of future meetings

By email: application.info@mississauga.ca

By letter:

Mississauga City Council

Attention: Development Assistant

c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor

300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
L5B 3C1

·        Sign up for email updates

Register online for alerts and notifications about upcoming meetings, agendas and media advisories. 

·        Follow the City on social media

Facebook and Twitter updates can help to keep you informed.

·        Follow your local Councillor online

Many Councillors create a monthly eNewsletter which can also keep you informed.

About Planning and Development Committee (PDC)

The City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) includes all members of Council. The committee’s main responsibility is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on planning-related policies and development applications. This forum for public participation serves to fulfill the requirements of The Planning Act

The committee also considers planning-related policies and conditions under which site specific development can occur. Recommendations made by the PDC are forwarded to Council for adoption. The committee generally meets every three weeks.

For more information on committee meetings, visit the City’s Clerks page or the Council and Committees calendar on the City’s website. 

More Transit, Increased Public Safety are Highlights of the Approved 2019 Budget

Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 – 2022 Business Plan and 2019 Budget. The impact of the budget is an $83.08 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $645,000 or $12.88 per $100,000 of assessment.“This year’s budget proves that Mississauga is working. We have a solid financial plan that will allow us to invest in our City while providing the quality local services our residents have come to rely on,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard from our residents what was most important to them and designed our budget accordingly. From investing in public transit and safety, to better managing traffic signals to improving housing affordability, this year’s budget makes strategic investments while ensuring programs and services continue to be delivered in a cost-effective manner. Over the past decade, we have saved taxpayers nearly $55 million and this year, we are projected to save an additional $3 million. I want to thank our dedicated staff, my Council colleagues and our community for working together to help lay the groundwork for Mississauga’s bright and promising future.”  In 2019, Mississauga residents will see more transit service hours, additional transit security and public safety and more proactive fire prevention education. This is in addition to road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements, winter road maintenance, recreation programs, libraries and parks. “Service excellence, fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement are key elements of our business planning and budgeting activity,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, combined with the expertise and professionalism demonstrated by our staff, helps us build on our progress and advance our city building priorities. We have realized $3.1 million in cost savings in this budget. This is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.6 per cent.”   Highlights of the 2019 Business Plan and Budget:

  • The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.90 per cent. The increase includes 1.56 per cent for City services and 1.34 per cent for Region of Peel services.
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2019 by adding approximately $9.9 million worth of new services, including: 
    • 31,000 additional MiWay service hours
    • increased investment in transit enforcement and public safety
    • continued redevelopment of the Small Arms Inspection Building, the City’s newest arts and cultural facility
  • Council did not approve the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Capital Funding Levy of $1 million in the 2019 Budget.

StormwaterThe 2019 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.96 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities. The Stormwater Charge rate for 2019 is $106.1 per stormwater billing unit.   For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.

City Program Cancellations and Facility Closures Due to Winter Storm

As a result of a significant snow event, all City of Mississauga recreation, culture and library programs are cancelled as of 3 p.m. today and throughout the evening. Meadowvale Theatre, the Small Arms Inspection Building and the City’s museums will also be closed this evening.

Community Centres (including fitness centres), arenas and the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and libraries will remain open to the public. Rentals will continue.

In addition, two committees of City Council are cancelled. The Planning and Development Committee meeting scheduled for tonight and the Road Safety Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning have been cancelled. 

Please follow @mississaugarec on Twitter or check the recreation website for details on registered and drop-in programs. 
Please follow @mississaugalib on Twitter or check on the library website for details on library programs.
Please follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter or check on the culture website for details on culture programs and facilities.

The City’s Animal Services shelter will close at 4 p.m. instead of at 5 p.m.

As a result of the current weather, MiWay is experiencing delays on several routes. We appreciate your patience throughout the day and evening commute.

The City of Mississauga has declared a Significant Weather Event under Regulation 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (Municipal Act). Winter maintenance crews have been deployed to maintain road safety. Due to the significant snowfall expected, levels of service will be placed on hold for the duration of the declaration to ensure that crews can focus on areas of immediate need. Residents should exercise caution when travelling on roads and sidewalks as snow clearing may take longer to complete. Crews will focus on keeping major roads clear for the duration of the storm so that emergency vehicles and transit can operate safely. Once completed, crews will move on to clearing residential roads, priority sidewalks and bus stops.

Temporary parking permits have been suspended and new ones will not be issued until further notice. Residents are asked to remove their parked vehicles from streets so that staff and equipment can safely clear roads.

For continued updates, follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter, visit mississauga.ca/snow and download the Mississauga Roads App to track our snow plows and salt trucks online.

We will continue to post updates on our website mississauga.caTwitter and Facebook.

City Seeks Feedback on Draft Transportation Master Plan

The City is seeking input from residents and stakeholders on the draft version of its first long-range Transportation Master Plan.

Beginning in 2017, the City’s Mississauga Moves project asked the community to share their thoughts on the future planning of roads, sidewalks, trails and transit. This input was considered along with research and data analysis to develop a plan to guide the City’s investment in and stewardship of the transportation system from today to 2041.

The draft Transportation Master Plan offers a vision of ‘Freedom to Move’ for the future of transportation in Mississauga, achieved through the pursuit of six goals:

  • Safety: freedom from harm
  • Inclusion: freedom from barriers
  • Integration: freedom of choice
  • Connectivity: freedom of access
  • Resilience: freedom to evolve
  • Health: freedom to flourish

Nearly 100 action items are proposed that can move Mississauga toward these goals. The draft plan is available for comment online at www.mississaugamoves.cauntil February 4, 2019. The City will also host an open house and drop-in centre for anyone wishing to engage in person with the team or review the Plan highlights in print. The City will review the feedback and make any appropriate revisions to the Plan before presenting the final version to Council for approval in spring 2019.

Open House and Drop-in Centre for Transportation Master Plan

What: 

Public Open House and Drop-In Centre for the Transportation Master Plan

When: 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Open House
3 – 8 p.m. 
Presentation boards on display. Staffed with city representatives and consultants to answer questions.  

Wednesday, January 30 – Friday, February 1, 2019
Drop-in Centre
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
This is an opportunity to view the presentation boards and provide written comments.  

Saturday, February 2 – Sunday, February 3, 2019
Drop-in Centre 
12 – 4 p.m.
This is an opportunity to view the presentation boards and provide written comments.  

Where:

Great Hall
Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON  
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Can’t Make the Open House?
Visit mississaugamoves.ca before February 4, 2019 to view the draft Transportation Master Plan and share your feedback online.

Peel Police Appealing for Witnesses in 26th Homicide of 2018

 Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau are investigating the 26th Homicide of 2018, which has claimed the life of an 83 year-old female from Mississauga.

On Friday, December 21, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. police attended a residence in the area of Cawthra Road and Silver Creek Boulevard in the City of Mississauga for a report of an unresponsive female. Upon arrival police located the female with signs of trauma and she was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

Investigators believe this is an isolated incident. There is no suspect information at this time.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, video surveillance or anyone who may have information concerning this investigation to contact Peel Regional Police Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121 Ext 3205. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca

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