Beginning in May 2018, new development applications will be evaluated through the lens of the Healthy by Design Questionnaire. The City will be running a 2-year pilot program to refine the evaluation criteria, optimize process requirements and create a baseline of information.
Following completion of the pilot, the process may be subject to change.
Question: What is the process, and how will this affect applicants?
There will be no major changes for applicants during the duration of the pilot. Submission requirements for applicants will remain unchanged. The evaluations will be completed by City staff, in consultation with Regional staff. Evaluations will be conducted concurrently with other reviews of the application by City staff and commenting agencies, so there should be no additional delay in processing applications.
Based on the results of the evaluation, comments and suggestions will be provided to the applicant for their information as part of the Application Status Report (ASR). Evaluations will be done twice: once at initial submission; and secondly, after final approval to track any changes to the application.
Staff would be pleased to meet with applicants who have questions regarding the comments or scores.
Question: Will results be reported to Council?
Regional policies require that the results of health assessments be reported to local Council. Mississauga will not report the results of individual applications to Council on a site by site basis, but will be done as an aggregate of applications on an annual basis. This is the preferred approach because it is consistent with the City’s annual reporting for growth forecast, employment, office directory, and other data collection initiatives.