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News & Notes

78 Park Street East & 22-28 Ann Street

APPROVAL SOUGHT: Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm at City Hall (Council Chamber) re: 22-storey, 361 unit (as revised) condo building proposal including ground floor commercial space.  View Meeting Notice (2p PDF; p1 posted at left).  This is a Public Meeting at Planning and Development Committee (PDC).

Left: Applicant’s updated rendering of proposed 22 storey apartment building.  Source: Edenshaw Developments Limited - Facebook Page (Feb 2020). Click image to zoom.

View: TOPCA Deputation to PDC (2p PDF).

UPDATE: Application *APPROVED*.

Background, Images, Facebook and Report Links: TOPCA's *Park/Ann Street* webpage.

QEW Credit River Heritage Bridge - PROJECT UPDATE

February 2020 - TOPCA is in receipt of a new Letter (February 13, 2020) (1p PDF) from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) via their consultant, confirming reversal of the MTO decision conveyed by Letter (October 25, 2019) (2p PDF) to demolish the QEW Heritage Bridge contrary to six years of prior public consultation to preserve it.

EXCERPT: "On December 18, 2019, the Ontario Government announced the commitment to rehabilitate the historic Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Credit River Bridge in the City of Mississauga.  As such, the Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) Addendum process has been cancelled and the project will proceed in accordance with the approved TESR filed in 2013." - February 13, 2020

At Left: MTO Project Update Letter (February 13, 2020).  Click image to zoom.

NOTE: TOPCA is still pursuing our Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed November 28, 2019, for any existing documents which might have influenced MTO's decision to demolish the heritage bridge.  The FOI Office has asked for two (2) extensions beyond their mandated 30-day turnaround.  See our posting further below.

See: TOPCA's QEW webpage for background.

One Port Street East - EA Update for Proposed Marina

January 2020 - In July 2019, the City of Mississauga initiated an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act for the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.

The EA will study the proposed expanded land base on what is known as the 'Eastern Breakwater' for additional waterfront parkland, and examine marina alternatives for this site, in view of the planned development by Canada Lands Company on the present site of the full-service Port Credit Harbour Marina.

*IMPORTANT MEETING*: Next Public Information Open House will take place at the Port Credit Legion (35 Front Street North) on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 4:00 - 8:00 pm; Presentation @ 6:30 pm.

Notice of Draft Terms of Reference and Public Information Centre #2 (1p PDF).

View: Final Draft Terms of Reference (81p PDF) prepared by Shoreplan Engineering Ltd.  An easy-to-scan, well-categorized document, to be presented at PIC #2 (Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm) for comment.

MISS THE MEETING? The meeting Presentation slides and display Panels are posted here.

See: City's 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina webpage for this EA project.

View TOPCA Visual Deputation - 'Keep the Port in Port Credit' (35-slide PDF; October 2019).  Making the case that the marina is a valuable waterfront INDUSTRY with great contributions to make to city building, tourism, economic activity, place-making and the cultural identity of the urban waterfront.

Background: TOPCA's (CLC) Marina Lands webpage.

Noise Control By-Law Review - Public Consultation

January 2020 - The City of Mississauga is updating its Noise By-laws to make them more responsive to community needs.  City staff are currently reviewing the Nuisance Type Noise By-law (1p PDF) and the Noise Control By-law (19p PDF) and will consult with residents and stakeholders on a range of proposed options.

*LOCAL MEETING*: A Public Consultation session will take place at Clarke Hall in Port Credit on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Potential changes will cover the complaint response process, residential and construction noise exemptions, permitted periods for amplified sound and noise thresholds.

Residents are encouraged to have their say by attending an upcoming public meeting, and/or providing feedback online by taking a survey.

See:  City's Noise Control By-Law Review webpage which includes an *ONLINE SURVEY* which is open until February 29, 2020.

QEW Credit River Heritage Bridge - FOI Request

November 2019 - Years of citizen consultation went into the final (November 2018) design of the QEW Credit River Bridge project and the resultant RFQ via Infrastructure Ontario in April 2019 (Provincial Government News Release, April 25, 2019).  Now one sudden Public Information Centre (PIC, November 7, 2019), is all that is needed to reverse course?  On what basis?  The "decision" is being presented as fait accompli without any supporting studies.

November 28, 2019 - The TOPCA Executive has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request ('how to' webpage) for all MTO documentation concerning the announced "decision" to demolish the QEW Heritage Bridge.  TOPCA's F.O.I. Request Form appears below.

We are asking for all Ministry of Transportation (MTO) documentation supporting the recent recommendation made some time in 2019, and announced in a Project Letter: October 25, 2019 (2p PDF) to demolish the QEW Credit River heritage-designated bridge in Mississauga, rather than rehabilitate it per the 2013 TESR and subsequent public consultations up to and including November 2018.

UPDATE: December 18, 2019 - Further to our FOI request filed November 28, 2019, we still expect to receive data concerning the present condition of the heritage bridge and recent (2019) feasibility / cost studies comparing rehabilitation versus demolition / replacement.  FOI legislation commits to fulfilling requests within 30 days.  Given the holidays and amount of information sought, TOPCA reps agreed to an extension, to the end of January 2020.

FURTHER UPDATE: The FOI office has requested another extension to the end of February.

TOPCA Town Hall Meeting and AGM

BIG MEETING - We are so excited about the Port Credit 2029 series kickoff at our Town Hall & AGM on Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 7-9 pm at Clarke Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd W (map).

We have just updated the Flyer again (shown at left) to reflect our growing list of sponsors, which is much appreciated so that we can provide hospitality to attendees and have a bunch of Prizes for the FREE Draws at the end of our brief Members' Business Meeting @ 9:10 - 9:30 pm, after the Town Hall (so please stick around).

First in the new TOPCA series: Port Credit 2029.

GIL PENALOSA - KEYNOTE SPEAKER: We are thrilled to welcome Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA, PhDhc, CSP.  Gil's full bio is extensive, but most importantly to us, Gil has a personal connection to PC, having worked here on Lakeshore Road over a decade ago, in the initial office of 8 80 Cities, which then was called Walk & Bike for Life.  Gil was a community mentor as citizens got together to deal with the beginnings of change in Port Credit.  Now Gil is known world-wide, and we want to give him a great Homecoming. He has generously waived his usual speaker's fee for us.  Gil will address Port Credit and Mississauga issues through his lens of international experience and consulting/advocacy for public spaces, sustainable mobility and quality of life issues in over 300 cities.

See: TOPCA's Port Credit 2029 webpage for more about this first meeting in the series.

TOPCA's Painted Bike Planters - Small Project Matching Grant from the City of Mississauga

PROJECT SUPPORT - At the TOPCA Heritage Bike Tour (September 29, 2019) we were thrilled to announce that TOPCA is the recipient of a Small Project Matching Grant (program description) from the City of Mississauga, to help us maintain our 'fleet' of painted bicycle planters over the next year.  The grant is directed towards painting supplies and new winter baskets which will provide a festive touch to the village during the cold months.

As well, we have received the City's go-ahead and support to install four (4) new bike planters around Port Credit which will have Spring plantings next year thanks to the grant.

All the bikes will bear new 'licence plates' with TOPCA contact information and also advising of the City's financial contribution to our bike planter project.  This new 'communications' feature for the bikes was written into our grant application and is an on-the-spot, public way to credit the City for its support this year.

We often see the TOPCA bike planters photographed, especially the 'signature' red one at the Port Credit Harbour, seen here (above) after its paint job (Summer 2019) with the help of students from Iona Catholic Secondary School (Twitter photos).

The Grant Program Project Theme for 2019 is: 'MOVE' - Active Transportation.  We can't think of a better way to have Port Credit residents and visitors "think bike" and consider riding their own bicycle around the village and beyond, to better enjoy the scenic waterfront and access the vibrant main street shops!

UPDATE (December 2019): We have completed the installation of festive winter baskets on the existing bike planter fleet, including the now snow-covered red Harbour bike (Twitter).