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CITY’S OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW – STATUS UPDATE AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TIMELINE

On Monday, March 9, City staff will present a project update with public engagement timelines for Mississauga’s Official Plan Review to the City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC). The City is reviewing the existing Official Plan to ensure it reflects the changing needs, opportunities and aspirations of Mississauga.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

Time: 6 p.m.

Location:
Civic Centre – Council Chamber, Second floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
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The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment. The Official Plan addresses things like:

·        where housing, industry, offices, shops, and roads should go

·        which services and amenities (e.g. parks, schools, transit) are needed and where they will be located

·        what parts of the city will be the focus for growth and what it will look like e.g. heights and densities

·        ways to enhance economic development and job growth

All are welcome to attend the meeting or watch on the live stream: mississauga.ca/livestreaming

Background:

The City launched the Official Plan Review at a Special Council meeting held on June 10, 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the public engagement page

Vehicle Identified in Fatal Fail to Remain Collision

Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau have identified the vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run collision that occurred in the area of Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East in the City of Mississauga.

On January 31, 2020, at around 6:40 a.m., Penny Cousard, a 45 year-old woman from Mississauga, was operating an electric mobility wheelchair, north on Dixie Road in the southbound bicycle lane.

The driver of a 2014 black Honda Civic with Ontario licence plates CKCX 123, was travelling southbound on Dixie Road when they struck and killed the victim and proceeded to leave the scene.  The vehicle will have extensive front end damage.

Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau are urging the driver of the suspected vehicle to contact a lawyer and turn themselves in.

Police are asking for anyone with information on the location of this vehicle or if they have any information related to this collision to contact the Major Collision Bureau (905) 453–2121, ext. 3710.  Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

MIWAY 2020 FARE UPDATE

As 2020 approaches, PRESTO fares will remain at 2019 rates and beginning on January 6, customers will see a 25 cent increase to cash fares. MiWay has also extended the acceptance of paper tickets by four months until April 30, 2020.

“Investing in our transit system to meet customer needs is an important priority for us,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. “MiWay’s focus is to maintain a balance between affordable fare options and committing to efficient, reliable and accessible transit for everyone while remaining consistent with the fares of other Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit systems.”

MiWay’s 2020 fares:

Fare ItemFareUpdate
Cash Fare$4 $0.25 increase
Senior $1 Cash Fare
(Weekday rides only: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
$1No change
Child PRESTO Single Fare$1.75 
No change
Youth PRESTO Single Fare$2.35No change
Adult PRESTO Single Fare$3.10No change
Senior PRESTO Single Fare$2.10No change
Adult PRESTO Monthly Pass$135No change
Senior PRESTO Monthly Pass$65No change

                                          
PRESTO is the easiest way to pay a fare on MiWay – by switching over, customers save 90 cents per ride for adults and even more for seniors and youth. Paper tickets are no longer being sold, but will be accepted until April 30, 2020. Please note that MiWay tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

PRESTO service locations are available across the Greater Toronto Area, including the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT). PRESTO cardholders can load their card online, by phone, through the PRESTO app or where PRESTO is sold.

The senior $1 cash fare will also remain available. Seniors can ride MiWay for $1 cash on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

For more information, visit miway.ca/busfares.

Visit MiWay’s Trip Planner to plan your commute and get trip updates in real-time or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for assistance. 

MISSISSAUGA’S PROPOSED 2020 – 2023 BUSINESS PLAN AND 2020 BUDGET NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Proposed Budget Represents A 3.84% Increase Over 2019

The City of Mississauga’s proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes the City’s proposed program and service enhancements and how they will be funded.

Highlights

The total proposed 2020 operating budget is $926.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares, recreation fees, and building permit fees) totalling $387.4 million. The property tax funds the budget amount not covered by these revenues.

The proposed overall impact is a 3.84 per cent increase on the 2020 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.74 per cent is for the City’s services and, based upon the proposed budget provided to Regional Council, 2.1  per cent for Region of Peel services. 

Every 1 per cent of City tax increase is about $19.50 per average residence, or $2.84 per $100,000 of assessment.

The proposed 2020 net operating budget is $538.7 million – about $27.8 million higher than the 2019 Budget.

The 2020 expenditure budget is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels including: 

•           MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 79 routes with 500 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 57 million times per year

•           Fire and Emergency Services – responds to an average of 30,000 incidents each year; conducted 9,256 fire safety inspections in 2018 to ensure Fire Code compliance and completed 1,703 building permit applications to ensure compliance with fire and life safety requirements in the  Ontario Building Code

•           Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,660 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining a cycle network that includes approximately 570 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes

•           Parks, Forestry & Environment – maintaining our City’s 3,154 hectares of parkland and open space, including City-owned trees, 371 sports fields, 265 playgrounds, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries

•           Library Services – includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.3 million in-person visits and 6.1 million loans in 2018 including digital loans; 152,000 people attended library programs in 2018

•           Recreation – providing over 200,000 hours of programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; accommodated 13 million visits last year to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres

The City advances on its strategic plan in 2020 by adding about $4.6 million worth of new services, including: 

•           Continuing MiWay service growth, adding 32,600 service hours, providing some new services, streamlining routes, integrating transit hubs, improving off-peak service levels and addressing overcrowding on existing routes 

•           Opening of the Churchill Meadows Community Centre which includes a triple gymnasium, indoor pool, warm water therapeutic tank, multi-purpose spaces, a teaching kitchen and change rooms servicing the adjacent sports fields and seasonal dome 

•           Increasing public safety by introducing attendants at the Celebration Square fountain which will allow for first aid support and supplies and the ability to implement emergency communication as required by Public Pool Regulations 

•           Modernizing Library technology by enhancing online access, supporting the repair and replacement of the musical instrument lending library and expanding Mississauga Maker learning opportunities 

•           Adopting Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention and ultimately the elimination of pedestrian, cyclist and motorist injuries and fatalities on the City’s roads 

•           Using funds raised through Mississauga’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to fund Culture grant programs (Arts and Culture, Festivals and Celebrations, Heritage and Project grants)

The proposed Stormwater Rate per billing unit for 2020 is $108.20, effective April 1, 2020. 

•           The City has over 2,100 kilometres of storm sewer pipes, over 51,000 catch basins, 250 kilometres of ditches, 32 creeks and 64 Stormwater management facilities in its drainage system, at a total replacement value of close to $2.2 billion

On November 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin discussions on the proposed 2020 Business Plan and Budget.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Learn more about the City’s 2020 Business Plan and Budget and what they mean to you as a taxpayer:

•           Visit mississauga.ca/budget  and see what you get for your tax dollars 

•           Read an overview of the 2020 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 26, 2019

•           Watch or attend Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 with a Council vote to approve the budget planned at the December 4, 2019 Special Council Meeting at 9:30 a.m.* 

* Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change.

Choose from several ways to get involved and share your thoughts:   

•           Have a question or comment – email us atbudget@mississauga.ca

•           Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter

•           Attend a Budget Committee meeting or watch online.             

Council Endorses Lakeview Waterfront Development Master Plan

Today, City of Mississauga Council endorsed theLakeview Waterfront Development Master Plan. The Plan sets out the framework for the development of the 177-acre site, formerly the Lakeview Power Generating Station lands, located in Mississauga’s Lakeview community.

Today’s approval of the Master Plan is the latest step in the multi-year project which began with Inspiration Lakeview consultations in 2010. The City can now review submitted development applications and can consider amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law. Public consultation will continue throughout the process.

“I am pleased that we are one step closer to creating liveable, walkable communities connecting the lakeshore from east to west,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The transformation of our waterfront will drive tourism, foster innovation, spur economic growth and attract a new generation to Mississauga. Few cities in the world have the opportunity to develop 250 acres of their waterfront. The potential here is enormous.  As we continue to work together, our vision to create a world-class waterfront will become a reality.”

The Plan sets out an urban framework that defines the character of Lakeview Village. It creates the foundation for the development of mixed-use, multi-modal, green and innovative neighbourhoods on the site. 

“The Lakeview Waterfront Development Master Plan outlines an ideal 21st century community for our waterfront,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “We wanted to ensure this Master Plan was in place before we considered any Official Plan amendments. The development of the Master Plan allowed us to more closely examine the built form and density. We were also able to more fully engage with the community, than what would have been possible under the original Official Plan process.”  

Following presentations of earlier versions of the Master Plan to Planning and Development Committee (PDC) on April 29 and June 24,Lakeview Community Partners Limited met with City staff and the Lakeview Community Advisory Panel  (LCAP) to incorporate feedback received and revise the Plan.

“I would like to thank the community for the significant time and energy they have contributed to this process,” said Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko. “We will continue to work with our community partners to ensure we can create something for generations to enjoy.”

The Lakeview Waterfront is one of Mississauga’s three key redevelopment waterfront projects along with Port Credit West Village and 1 Port Street.

MISSISSAUGA READY FOR INVESTING IN CANADA INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

Today, Mississauga’s General Committee identified and approved the projects the City will submit for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the ICIP is a ten-year federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy. 

The federal government is providing $33 billion through the ICIP to cost-share projects under four streams: 1. Public Transit; 2. Community, Culture and Recreation; 3. Green Infrastructure and 4. Rural and Northern Communities. The City of Mississauga is not eligible for the fourth stream.

“Infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities. This funding will allow us to build a transit and transportation system that is convenient, connected, and reliable for those who live and work here. We’ve heard from residents about their priorities and we are in a strong position to put forward projects that we are confident will be approved by the federal and provincial governments. This will be the largest investment we’ve made in public transit to date with an $847.5 million total cost for the projects we’re putting forward. These projects include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes along our Lakeshore and Dundas corridors, as well as the purchase of 409 new hybrid-electric buses to green our transit fleet and help us hit our GHG reduction targets. In addition, we will be applying for almost $133 million for community and recreational infrastructure projects such as the rehabilitation of the Public Marina and Waterfront Park development, and the South Common Community Centre and Library. We’ve been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments and that they are aware and understand our priorities and most importantly, why Mississauga matters.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under the Public Transit stream, a total of $339 million in federal funding and $282.5 million in provincial funding has been allocated to the City of Mississauga over the next 10 years. The primary focus is for new transit projects and active transportation infrastructure directly connected to the public transit system.

The Community, Culture and Recreation stream is different as it is application based with no guarantee that projects will be approved. The program will provide approximately $407 million in federal funding and $320 million in provincial funding to support projects across Ontario that improve access to and quality of community, cultural and recreation infrastructure.

“We are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration as result of our deliberate, consistent and detailed capital budget planning,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “For transit in particular, this funding program is helping to provide the predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding needed to grow, maintain and improve our current transit systems. Projects for both streams were selected based on the program criteria and knowing they could not begin until after ICIP approval is received and that they must be substantially complete by March 2027.”

List of proposed City projects:

ICIP – Public Transit Stream ProjectsTotal Cost
Bus replacement program$359.7 M
Dundas BRT lanes – Confederation to Etobicoke$305.7M
Lakeshore BRT lanes – Deta Rd. to East Ave.$54.6M
Express Corridors$49.5M
Bus Maintenance/Rehab$44.1M
Presto$10M
CAD/AVL/HASTUS$9M
Cycle Tracks$4M
Bus Shelters$3.8M
Farebox Refurbishment$2M
Bus Terminals$1.6M
Bus stops/pads$1M
Enhanced Partitions$0.7M
Mini Terminals/Bays$0.7M
MiWay Signs$0.7M
Transit Vehicles (non-buses)$0.4M
Revenue Equipment Replacement$0.1M
Total Cost$847.5M
  
ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects
South Common Community Centre and Library$61.6M
Public Marina and Waterfront Park$71.3M
Total Cost$132.9M

Council previously approved the projects for the Public Transit stream and the City submitted the required initial documents as per the October 24, 2019 deadline. The proposed projects for the Community, Culture and Recreation stream will be going forward to Council on November 6 for final approval and will be submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2019.

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK IS BACK! DROP OFF UNWANTED CLOTHING AND ELECTRONICS AT 14 CITY FACILITIES

The City of Mississauga is partnering with Partners in Project Green, a program with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to host its fourth annual Recycling Collection Drive for Waste Reduction Week. From October 21 to 27, Mississauga residents can drop off unwanted electronics, clothing and textiles in bins located at 14 City facilities.

A weeklong Recycling Collection Drive. Residents can drop off:

·         Clothing and textiles: clothing, hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains and sleeping bags.

·         Electronic recyclables (excluding CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes): laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards/mice, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and visual equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, televisions, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, toner and ink cartridges.

Drop-off locations include: Mississauga Civic CentreMississauga Central LibraryGarry W. Morden Training Centre and the City’s 11 community centresBurnhamthorpeCarmen CorbassonClarksonErin MeadowsFrank McKechnieHuron ParkMalton,MeadowvaleMississauga ValleyRiver Grove and South Common.

Learn more about the City’s environmental priorities and vision by following Mississauga Green on Twitter (@MiLivingGreen) or visit mississauga.ca/environment.

All clothing items will be donated to Diabetes Canada and all electronics will be collected for recycling byOntario Electronic Stewardship’s Recovery Program.

Residents are also encouraged to use the Mississauga Battery Recycling program. All year long, battery-recycling bins can be found at the customer service area of City libraries and community centres.

Waste Reduction Week is a year-round program that aims to celebrate Canada’s environmental achievements. The program also educates Canadians on how to reduce waste, preserve natural resources and address climate change and water pollution.

In 2018, 7.5 tonnes of recyclables were collected during Waste Reduction Week in Mississauga, and a combined 15 tonnes have been collected since 2016.

Get Ahead of Winter with the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

Some Mississauga residents can get ahead of winter and start applying for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program. The program provides snow clearing assistance by clearing a space in the windrow for residents 65 years or older and for people with physical disabilities.

A windrow is a pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after a snow plow has cleared a road. Eligible residents have until 9 p.m. on November 8, 2019 to apply for this year’s program.

“We encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this opportunity so that snow clearing and getting out of their driveway is made easier for them this winter,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance. “As this program only accepts a maximum of 300 applicants on a first-come first-serve basis, residents should apply as soon as they can to secure their spot.”

More details about the program:

·       The program will run from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020.

·       Windrow snow clearing will be completed up to 36 hours after a snowfall has ended.

·       A space in the windrow will be cleared (about three metres or 10 feet wide) to allow one car to get in and out of the driveway.

·       Free for eligible residents who require financial assistance and $200 for those who don’t.

·       Only one person per address can apply.

Visit mississauga.ca/windrow to download the application form. Completed applications can be submitted to any community centre, the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre or the Recreation Customer Service Centre located at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

For more information, visit mississauga.ca/windrow.

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.