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Hurontario/Main Street Plan Wins National Award

Jul 15, 2011

Planners from the cities of Mississauga and Brampton have won top honours from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for their work on the Hurontario/Main Street Corridor Master Plan.  The award was presented to Karen Crouse from the City of Mississauga at the CIP's annual conference in St. John's, Newfoundland on Monday, July 11, in the category of Transportation and Infrastructure.

"It's a great honour  for us to be recognized by our national planning colleagues for this fantastic city-building initiative, said Ed Sajecki, Mississauga's Commissioner of Planning and Building. "This master plan is a key element for achieving many of the aims of Mississauga's Strategic Plan and new Official Plan, and will help us to serve the people of Mississauga and Brampton by connecting our communities to each other, and to transit systems that serve communities across the region."

"This plan is a very important one for Brampton and for our ability to better serve residents through transit," said John Corbett, Planning, Design and Development Commissioner for the City of Brampton. "We are so honoured to be recognized for this initiative in partnership with Mississauga, and we look forward to seeing the benefits for both communities."

The Hurontario/MainStreet Corridor Master Plan developed by the team will create a more people-friendly street with light-rail transit (LRT). A light rail system stretching from the waterfront in Port Credit, to downtown Mississauga and into downtown Brampton is the cornerstone of the master plan. According to the plan, the proposed LRT would have up to 32 stations along the 20-kilometre route, reducing travel times and improving connections to GO Transit and the 403/Eglinton Bus Rapid Transit line now under construction.

The $1.3 billion LRT project ranks as one of the top priorities of Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible for prioritizing and funding transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The Mississauga-Brampton team of transit, land use and urban design planners consulted extensively with residents and businesses from the distinct communities along the corridor. In addition to the LRT, the plan includes opportunities for more residential and commercial development, as well as job creation.

About Mississauga:

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 focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

About Brampton:

The 11th largest city in Canada, Brampton has a successful, well-diversified economy and is home to more than 8,000 businesses. The City continues to retain a Triple 'A' credit rating by Standard & Poor's, reflecting its successful economy and debt-free position. Brampton celebrates its diverse population that represents people from more than 175 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak more than 70 different languages. Offering more than 6,000 acres of parkland, Brampton takes pride in being known as the Flower City of Canada. Brampton has been designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization.  For more information visit www.brampton.ca

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Media contacts:

Ann Lehman-Allison
Public Affairs Specialist
City of Mississauga
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Mariam Mesbah
Senior Advisor, Issues and Media
City of Brampton
905-874-2143
mariam.mesbah@brampton.ca






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