A shared vision for the Lakeview waterfront is one step closer to reality. City staff yesterday brought forward the proposed final land use plan for the area to the Planning and Development Committee.
The proposed Official Plan policies embed the vision and key principles of the Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan into Mississauga’s Official Plan policies. They support the transformation of the waterfront lands into a sustainable and innovative community with a generous public realm and primarily mid-rise buildings.
“I am pleased that we are moving forward with our plans to revitalize the Lakeview lands into a sustainable, mixed-use waterfront community for all residents to enjoy,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga.
“The lakefront redevelopment, inspired by the late Jim Tovey, will drive tourism, spur innovation and boost economic growth, helping put Mississauga on the international map. Only by working together, will our vision to transform the waterfront become a reality.”
Key ideas from the Master Plan contained in the policies include:
- a continuous waterfront that reconnects residents to Lake Ontario and the shoreline
- generous green and water-related open spaces
- a new urban street pattern that connects the existing neighbourhoods
- a cultural hub
- an employment and innovation corridor
“We embrace Mississauga’s history as we move into the future,” said Ward 1 Councillor David Cook. “Residents in Lakeview and throughout the city will continue to work with us to help make Jim’s vision for the Lakeview waterfront a reality.”
The proposed land use plan is expected to be approved by Council on July 4.
According to Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building, “We have considered the comments received from the public and key stakeholders in developing these policies, as part of the Official Plan Amendment process. We will continue to engage with the community as we review the development applications to come. We will have strong land use policies aligned to this significant redevelopment opportunity that reflect the shared vision for an accessible and sustainable waterfront.”
Once the land use plan is adopted, development and rezoning applications can be submitted and reviewed. City staff is recommending that a community advisory group be established to continue the engagement process during the development application review process.
The City of Mississauga, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the community have worked together on a shared vision for the Lakeview waterfront that previously was the home of a provincial coal fired generating station.
As announced on March 20 by OPG, the land was sold to developers for $275 million. As part of the conditions of sale, 67 acres of land will be remediated and transferred to the City of Mississauga.
The Mississauga Official Plan provides a policy framework to protect, enhance, restore and expand the Natural Heritage System, to direct growth to where it will benefit the urban form, support a strong public transportation system and address the long-term sustainability of the city.