Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee yesterday received a staff report on the proposed Official Plan policies to support the implementation of the Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan.
The draft policies support the area’s development as an innovative, sustainable green community with a generous public realm made up of mostly mid-rise buildings. The area will be home to 20,000 people and 9,000 jobs over the next 30 years.
“The vision and planning for the Lakeview Waterfront is truly transformative,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The city-building work we are doing now will help create a remarkable new destination for anyone choosing to live, work, visit and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life in Mississauga.”
The proposed policies identify:
- the overall vision for the community
- an innovative, green model community achieved through best practices
- four distinct precincts, each with its own character
- new parks and open spaces
- new roads and transit corridors
- cultural facilities, an innovation corridor and institutional campus
“The completion of the Inspiration Lakeview Official Plan Policies marks a milestone day for progressive planning in the City of Mississauga and Canada,” said Councillor Jim Tovey. “Working with our citizens and stakeholders, Mississauga has developed forward thinking policies which restore our environment and entrench sustainable development practices within the Lakeview Master Plan.”
According to the report, staff are recommending a new approach for the Lakefront Waterfront area in the form of precinct plans. This type of planning will be used to detail how individual areas and blocks will be arranged and designed. The precinct plan will be the link between Official Plan policy and the subdivision, rezoning applications and site plans.
“This is an exciting time for the Lakeview Waterfront. The proposed policies are the first step for making the vision for these lands a reality,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “We look forward to testing these policies in the community and to working with other levels of government, land owners and other partners on the next steps towards realizing the vision.”
As next steps, staff will circulate the proposed policies to stakeholders and will hold a public meeting to seek input and comments. Staff will then report back with a final recommendation on the proposed amendments to the Mississauga Official Plan.
The adoption of plan policy will set the legal framework for future land uses. Several studies and additional site work are required before development can begin.
In 2014, the City developed a master plan for the Lakeview lands, which consist of 99 hectares (245 acres), including a 200-acre brownfield, the former site of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Lakeview Generating Station and an industrial area north of the OPG lands. Since 2013, the City of Mississauga, the Province of Ontario and OPG have partnered to develop Inspiration Lakeview – a shared vision for the Lakeview lands.
The plan proposes long-term, phased-in transformation of the area from its industrial past into a world class, destination urban waterfront community. The area will offer a variety of uses including housing; vibrant, public open spaces; cultural and recreational amenities; various community services and employment opportunities.
Inspiration Lakeview is a vision for the future. The Master Plan was developed in consultation with OPG, the Province, community members and City staff. – CINEWS/City of Mississauga