Cooksville is set to be transformed in ways earlier residents could never imagine. The working-class neighborhood could never think of their area being home to a sort of Central Park version but that is just what its Councillor Nando Iannicca insists is the plan which requires some of the residents to sell their homes to the municipality in order for the project to proceed.
The city intends developing a 25-acre plot of land that would allow for more greenery in what is currently a veritable concrete jungle. Currently, there is about three per cent parkland in Mississauga’s downtown core. This is a concern, since comparable cities contain about 7.4 per cent parkland. According to a 2015 report, a properly planned city’s core should contain about 11.8 per cent green space. With more people expected to move to Mississauga—50,000 individuals by 2041, in fact—the city has to account for a dense population and plan accordingly.
Residents of the area were given the option to either sell their homes at the start of the project or to sell their homes as the project unfolds.
For residents of these homes, it would be a way to get off the area which is prone to flooding, this was evident in 2013 when a substantial flood caused damage.
The city has not made it mandatory to expropriate Cookeville homeowners, however it may be an option in the future.
As Mississauga evolves from a small town into a bustling city, there is need to change the way land is used. The area around Cooksville is fast growing vertically and the Hurontario-LRT is going to transform the area into a dense cluster of buildings. It is certain that in the years to come there will be an urgent need for green spaces and given that the land on which these homes were built are in constant danger of flooding, it would seem like a logical idea to move and let the land go back to its natural state. Good for the environment and the people. – CINEWS