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Mississauga Interim Control Bylaw Calls for Time-out on New Development in the Downtown Core

Mar 15, 2011

On March 9, 2011, Mississauga City Council enacted an Interim Control Bylaw that puts a hold on all development applications for a portion of the downtown core. The bylaw supports Mississauga's vision for a vibrant, walkable, compact and transit-oriented downtown.

"This is a defining moment for the City of Mississauga. We needed to take this time-out to study land uses in this area and make sure we're getting it right," said Planning and Building commissioner Ed Sajecki. "Development in our downtown has to make it a place where people want to be. That is what we’ve outlined in our Downtown21 Master Plan and it's what the residents of Mississauga want and deserve."

According to a report submitted by Sajecki, the bylaw was needed to put a hold on large format retail and other automobile-oriented developments in Mississauga's downtown core. The bylaw freezes new development in the subject area, allowing the City the time it needs to examine land uses that would be more in keeping with Downtown21, Mississauga's new vision for its downtown.

The planning exercise that resulted in Downtown21 began in 2009 after Council approved 'Our Future Mississauga,' the City's new 40-year Strategic Plan. The strategic plan identified creating a vibrant downtown as a key strategic goal. After more than a year of extensive public and stakeholder consultations, Downtown21 was completed and received by a supportive Council in September 2010.

Downtown21 outlines six principles upon which the vision for the downtown core is based. The principles focus on: catalyzing employment, building multi-modal transportation choices, creating an urban place with great public spaces and distinct districts, using green technologies, creating a Main Street district and providing a predictable development framework based on urban design excellence.

The Interim Control Bylaw will be in place and effective immediately for one year to allow for a study of land uses that are more in keeping with the City’s vision.

This bylaw will allow time for the City to study what's needed to implement the vision for the downtown core. The City will work with LiveWorkLearnPlay, Inc., a world-renowned urban design and development firm, to perform the study.


• The Interim Control Bylaw is effective immediately, and will be effective for one year to allow time for study of appropriate land uses in the area impacted by the Interim Control Bylaw. Council has the ability to extend the bylaw for another year if necessary.
• The lands included are bounded by Centre View Drive and Rathburn Road East to the north, Hurontario Street to the east, Webb Drive to the south. The western boundary is Duke of York Boulevard, except for the area north of Rathburn Road West, which extends to Confederation Parkway.
• Zoning bylaws specify the uses and regulations on all land and property in the city, including how land is used, the size, dimensions, height and where types of buildings (residential, industrial, commercial or office uses) are located.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.


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Ann Lehman-Allison
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City of Mississauga
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