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Conversation With The Community: Mississauga Begins Vision Process For Next 40 Years

Jun 07, 2007

At its June 6th meeting, Mississauga City Council directed staff to begin one of the largest community engagement initiatives undertaken by the City which will fully involve residents, stakeholders and City staff in forming a new strategic plan for the future  Mississauga.  The initiative called "A Conversation with Mississauga about Building a City for the 21st Century" is a comprehensive program including community awareness and promotion; community leaders engagement; prominent speakers' series and a community visioning exercise called a charrette. 

The Council meeting was held at the University of Toronto Mississauga in honour of its 40th anniversary.

"We are one of the most successful cities in Canada and should be proud of what we have accomplished in a short 33 years," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.  "But that's not enough. We have to have a vision for our children, and our grandchildren and plan for the kind of city they want Mississauga to be in the future.  This is an exciting time for us to dream, engage and build our vision together with our community."

The initial themes developed for consultation with the public are:

  • Developing solutions to congestion in Mississauga;
  • Going "green" in 905;
  • Creating wealth in our community;
  • Embracing our social diversity;
  • Positively influencing our quality of life;
  • Investing in creativity and knowledge;
  • Creating a vibrant downtown; and,
  • Realizing the opportunities of being part of the Golden Horseshoe.

In his presentation to Council, Bruce Carr, director Strategic Planning and Business Services, Planning and Building Department, who will be leading the City's efforts, identified a "need to learn from where we have been, define an exciting and compelling future and truly build a city for the 21st century."

"Our approach will be multi-faceted and cut across all segments of the community," said Carr.  "We will be using face-to-face meetings, and the internet to consult with staff, citizens, media, business and community groups.  We're going to bring in prominent speakers as part of our education/discussion series and end with a charrette (a two and half day meeting involving stakeholders in visioning discussions to find creative solutions to our city's urban opportunities and challenges).  In the end, we will have citizen-based ideas and vision statements that will form the structure of an updated strategic plan."

The City of Mississauga has had a strategic plan in place since 1992.  The most recent update was approved by Council in 1998 and has been the backbone on which policy and decisions have been made as the city continues to grow.

Also at the meeting, Council received a report recognizing the City's values of upholding the pubic trust, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and delivering excellence in public administration.

According to the public consultation staff report, the public engagement process will align and feed other initiatives such as the Mississauga Plan Review (the City's Official Plan), the creation of the arts plan and the engagement of the public around environmental issues thus avoiding duplication and maximizing value. 

"As we move forward with this exciting public consultation process and set new goals, it is important that we can point to our values as being the constant that gives us a frame of reference for decision making," said City Manager and CAO Janice Baker.

Anyone interested in participating in this initiative can sign up via the City's web site at www.conversation21.ca.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000.  With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.  Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Related Links:
   www.conversation21.ca


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Dolores Bartl-Hofmann
Senior Communications Advisor, Community Services
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5051
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Email:   dolores.bartlhofmann@mississauga.ca


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