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News & Notes

55 Port Street East - Proposal at PDC for Decision

PDC MEETING: Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm at City Hall (Council Chamber) re: Revised 9-storey condo building proposal at 55 Port Street EastMeeting Notice (2p PDF; p1 posted at left).  This is a Public Meeting at the Planning and Development Committee.

See: TOPCA Facebook posting for comment.

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE: Most Councillors + the Mayor comprise the standing PDC.  The developer may make a presentation about their revised Application.  The Supplementary Report will be presented by Planning Staff, including responses to public comments made at the previous PDC meeting of April 15, 2019 and a Recommendation to approve or refuse the application.  PDC will then hear first-hand the response of residents.

THE DECISION by PDC to approve the Application (or not) is made at this step in the process, after hearing from all parties.

The 70-page Planning Staff Supplementary (Recommendation) Report is posted within the PDC Agenda (Item 4.7) for September 16, 2019 (direct link), starting on page 143 (to p212) of the PDF.  Planning Staff RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.

Can't Attend?  The meeting will be live-streamed (and later archived by date) here.

View the TOPCA Presentation to PDC: April 15, 2019 (29-slide PDF).

See: TOPCA's 55 Port Street East webpage for more info and images.  Below: Aerial 3D Model of proposed 9-storey condo at 55 Port Street East.





Port Credit Slow Roll

BI-WEEKLY RIDES ARE GOING STRONG!  August 2019:  A Slow Roll riding group sprouted in Port Credit last summer and it's back even stronger for 2019 based on the turnouts!  Slow Roll is a global movement founded in 2010 as Slow Roll Detroit in Michigan, USA.

Rides depart at 6:30 pm during September (7:00 pm during April through August) from the parking lot at J.C. Saddington Park at 53 Lake Street (map) in Port Credit.  The FREE rides average 10kmBike lights are a necessity for riding at dusk in late August and in September.

SCHEDULE:  Join the Facebook Group for any updates to the 2019 Schedule.  Next (and final) ride is Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm (note *earlier* start time).

From the Organizers:  Slow Roll is for everyone: all ages, skill levels and types of bikes are welcome.  The slow pace keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of sights along the route.

SPONSORSHIP:  See Berts Sports for the latest information about their support of the Port Credit Slow Roll series.

E-MAIL:  Ray at pcslowroll@gmail.com for information about the 2019 program.




Indwell Lakeview Proposal - Seeking Approval

INDWELL AT COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT: Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm at City Hall (Council Chamber). Seven (7) variances have been requested for the Indwell Community Homes affordable housing project at 425 Lakeshore Road East (map) in Lakeview.  This is Indwell's first supported affordable housing program in Mississauga.  *UPDATE*: APPROVED!

Indwell representatives attended the TOPCA Executive meeting on April 2, 2019 where they explained their charitable (not-for-profit) mission to build and program supported affordable housing, and presented their Lakeview site proposal which includes relocation of The Compass Foodbank in Port Credit to the mainfloor of the new building in Lakeview.

TOPCA reps helped promote, and attended, the Indwell Community Meeting held July 10, 2019 (poster) to receive public input.

"Indwell purchased the property from Firestone/Bridgestone in November 2017 and plans to build a four-storey, mixed-use project with 68 units of affordable housing (image).  The Region of Peel approved funding for the project in July 2018 with construction aiming to begin in fall of 2019." - Indwell website

Committee of Adjustment: NOTICE of Hearing: August 15, 2019.  See pp42-3 of the PDF Agenda for File "A" 314/19.

CAN'T ATTEND?  The meeting will be live-streamed here.

TOPCA Executive's Letter of Support (August 14, 2019) (3p PDF, including copy of the Notice, and Map) to the Committee of Adjustment.  With exception of needing (in our view) more functional green space to benefit the residents, we applaud this initiative.

See: TOPCA's Committee of Adjustment webpage re: Commenting on an Application requiring Variances scheduled for a Hearing.

Indwell's Project webpage for the Mississauga (Lakeview) location.

Indwell's detailed Site Plan (December 2018) - 1p (oversize) PDF.  Zoom to view.




West Village Port Credit site (Brightwater)

NEXT STEP - SETTLEMENT: The LPAT Pre-Hearing scheduled for Wed. August 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am in the Hearing Room (2nd Floor) at Mississauga City Hall is expected to be converted to a Settlement Hearing whereby West Village Partners will call evidence in support of the approval/settlement endorsed by Council on July 31, 2019.

TOPCA is registered as a Participant at this LPAT Hearing.

PDC MOTIONS OF APPROVAL: Posted in the Additional Council Agenda (Item 11.1) for July 31, 2019, at pp2-3 of the Agenda PDFExcerpt:  "That the City Solicitor, or her designate, be authorized to take such additional steps required to support the proposed development at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal with the assistance of such City staff as may be appropriate."

The approval/settlement of the Application was per the Supplementary Planning Report and Recommendation (126p PDF) which was formally endorsed by Mississauga Council on July 31, 2019.

*APPROVED* City of Mississauga - Press Release (July 30, 2019): Council [PDC] Endorses Proposed Port Credit West Village Redevelopment Plan.

See: TOPCA's West Village Port Credit site webpage for more info and images.




One Port Street East site

PROPOSED PORT CREDIT MARINA - PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 4:00 - 8:00 pm (Presentation @ 6:30 pm) at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit.

TOPCA has received the following communication from Shoreplan Engineering Limited (June 28, 2019):

"The City of Mississauga is initiating an Individual Environmental Assessment under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act for the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.  The environmental assessment will study the proposed expanded land base for additional waterfront parkland and examine marina alternatives for this site.  The City recognizes that this project may affect your interests and is reaching out to begin engagement on the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.

"The first steps in the environmental assessment process involve introducing the project during a Public Information Centre (PIC) and the preparation of a Terms of Reference for this project.  We attach the Notice of Commencement and our invitation to attend the first PIC on July 18th at Clarke Memorial Hall with an open house at 4:00 pm and a presentation at 6:30 pm.

"The Terms of Reference will set out the City’s framework and work plan for addressing the Environmental Assessment Act requirements when preparing the Individual Environmental Assessment, including such things as the alternatives that will be considered and the consultation activities that will be carried out.  If approved by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Terms of Reference will provide the framework for the preparation of the Individual Environmental Assessment.  The City has retained the firm Shoreplan Engineering Limited to complete the Individual Environmental Assessment process.

"We encourage your active participation in the environmental assessment process by attending consultation events or visiting the project webpage www.mississauga.ca/1portstreeteast.  Consultation opportunities are planned throughout the environmental assessment process and will be advertised on the City of Mississauga’s project website, in local papers, and by direct email to those on the mailing list."

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

See: TOPCA's Port Credit (CLC) Marina Lands webpage.




Rotary Ribfest in Port Credit

THOUGHTS ABOUT RIBFEST IN PC??

*NEW* We have a new Facebook post for any comments you may have about this year's Ribfest: July 12-14, 2019We believe the comments will be much better this year!!

View the TOPCA Report on 2018 Port Credit Ribfest (8p PDF) submitted to Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko on Jan. 23, 2019, and subsequently reviewed with Rotary Ribfest organizers on March 8, 2019.  Changes will be made based on community concerns.

Image from 2018 Port Credit Ribfest (included in TOPCA Report per below)


BACKGROUND ARTICLE:

March 5, 2018 - TOPCA has been approached by the City for comment about the annual Mississauga Rotary RibFest (website) event being relocated from Celebration Square (at Mississauga's City Centre; image below), to Port Credit Memorial Park this summer. The event would take place July 12-15, 2018, with a day before and after for set-up and take-down, totalling a six (6) day period during which the Park would be largely inaccessible.

NOTE:  TOPCA will publish comments about 2018 RibFest after the municipal election on October 22, 2018, once our new Councillor is in place.

A Staff Information Report goes to Council on March 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am:  Agenda Item 10.4 includes the Corporate (Information and Recommendation) Report (4p).  *NEW* Additional Agenda Item 7.7 is a Deputation by the organizers re: '2018 RibFest Relocation'.

Watch the March 7, 2018 Council meeting (archived).  Click for video index.

Before TOPCA provides in-depth comment to the City, we need to hear from the community!  Please give your comments about RibFest in Port Credit on the TOPCA Facebook Page entry.




Port Credit Heritage District

TRAFFIC CALMING - DROP-IN INFORMATION CENTRE: Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit.

PURPOSE: To review possible traffic calming measures in the Port Credit Village Heritage Conservation District, in response to the West Village (Brightwater) development on the former Imperial Oil lands adjacent to the Heritage District.

NOTE: As requested by the City's traffic engineering staff, TOPCA has assisted in circulating this information by compiling the Flyer (at left) and distributing to the Port Credit Heritage District neighbourhood.

See: City Roads Dept. - Featured Article for this traffic review event.




Planning and Development Committee -- Time Change

TOPCA STATEMENT & ADDENDUM re: PDC Meetings - Change to 1:30 pm time.

View TOPCA Statement (February 26, 2019) - 2p PDF (or click images).

UPDATE - June 18, 2019:  The TOPCA Executive has reviewed the Staff Report posted with the Council Agenda for Wed. June 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am (Item 10.4; pp. 251-259 of the PDF) for public consideration.

At issue is the composition and scheduling of the Planning and Development Committee (PDC), which is now to be finally and publicly decided after the previous in camera decision.

*NEW* View TOPCA Addendum to Statement (June 18, 2019) - 1p PDF, or click image at left.

CAN'T ATTEND?  The meeting will be live-streamed (and later archived by date) here.

Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko has indicated his support for retaining evening PDC meetings for all development applications and will put forth a Motion that evening PDC meetings be reinstated.  See PDC Article on the Councillor's website.

GREAT NEWS!  The Motion by Ward 1 Cllr. Stephen Dasko (seconded by Ward 2 Cllr. Karen Ras) has *PASSED* at Council today (June 19, 2019).  Evening PDC meetings (to start @ 6:00 pm) have been *REINSTATED*  Congratulations Stephen!!

View Councillor Dasko's Press Release (June 2019) - 1p PDF, or click image at left.



BACKGROUND:

February 26, 2019 -- The TOPCA Executive is surprised and disappointed with the City’s announcement that, effective March 2019, the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) meetings will move to a permanent 1:30 pm start time (from the current 6:30 pm evening time slot), as the result of an in camera Council vote.  No public input was sought.  Evening sessions will be added "only in special circumstances".

View reprint of the TOPCA Statement in Peel Weekly News (Feb 28, 2019; p9)




TOPCA Town Hall -- Mainstreet Retail: What's in Store?

THANK YOU TO THE SPEAKERS at our MAINSTREET RETAIL TOWN HALL MEETING! Presentations will be posted here!


L-R: Mark Vandersluis, David Scorniaenchi, Jamie Brown, Dana Anderson, Justin Robitaille, Anita Kovacevic, Cllr. Stephen Dasko.


Lakeview Village Master Plan -- A Work in Progress

LAKEVIEW VILLAGE PLAN:  Status Report on the Lakeview Waterfront Draft Master Plan will be presented at the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC) on Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm.

PDC Agenda Item 4.1 (pp 5-14).  NOTE: This is a Public Meeting and residents' comments are invited.

Meeting NOTICE (2p PDF). Page 1 image at left.

The TOPCA Executive will have a Deputation.

CAN'T ATTEND?  The meeting will be live-streamed (and later archived) here.

See TOPCA's Lakeview Village site webpage.




THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR for the MAINSTREET RETAIL TOWN HALL MEETING!  Back Road Coffee Roasters in Port Credit enabled us to thank all our invited Speakers (image above) in a refreshing way!  Be sure to check out BRCR online and at their location: 133 Queen Street East (map).


L-R: All 8 Speaker gifts bags included a bag of coffee, a T-shirt, a coupon for a free coffee and some other cool items all packaged in a burlap bag that looks like a coffee sack!  When anyone goes to BRCR for a coffee please mention you heard about them through TOPCA and thank them for their generosity!


MAINSTREET RETAIL - TOWN HALL MEETING:  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 7-9:00 pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm) at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West, Port Credit.

► See Final Poster (below).

THEME:  "Port Credit Mainstreet Retail - What's In Store?"  Answer:  A Lot!

We are so pleased to announce that we have a new meeting Sponsor!  Back Road Coffee Roasters in Port Credit will be generously enabling us to thank all our invited Speakers in a beautiful way!  Be sure to check them out online and at their location: 133 Queen Street East (map).

The opening presentation is from the new General Manager of the Port Credit BIA (Anita Kovacevic – welcome!) about PCBIA’s new business plan and branding campaign.

We’ll have City presentations about the just-released Parking Master Plan (May 2019) and the Lakeshore Corridor Transportation Plan approved by Council on Wed. June 5, 2019.  As we know, Parking is the ugly step-sister of Traffic, and always tags along.  Pressures on both “sisters” will only increase with the 1000’s and 1000’s of new residents who will be moving to the Lakeshore Corridor – now estimated to be over 50,000 people between the new developments in Port Credit and Lakeview.

Mississauga News article (June 7, 2019): Mississauga approves long-term transit plan for Lakeshore Road: Lakeshore Road corridor to grow by 56,000 people and 16,500 jobs by 2041. This is a very timely article!

There are some bold ideas in the Plans to make Mainstreet shopping more comfortable and accessible and therefore more profitable for the shops (wider sidewalks, bike lanes, less street parking, alternatives to cars including better transit).  But the transition is delicate, and order of operation is key, with fears of increased side-street parking, drops in business and even more traffic congestion (already at a standstill).  Can the change be orderly, when some initiatives to provide alternatives to cars may be years away?  Let’s see what everybody thinks!

Senior executives from Dream (on behalf of West Village Partners) will speak about their curated retail tenants and new branding on the West Village PC site (concept image), and when we can expect to shop there.  NOTE: West Village is the first *new* and significant retail area which can reflect what is proposed in the Port Credit Local Area Plan for a liveable and sustainable mainstreet.  See TOPCA's West Village PC site webpage.

Consultant Dana Anderson from MHBC will round out the meeting by addressing retail trends and planning for the mainstreet retail format we want to preserve against the increasing pressures of mall, big box and online shopping.  Let’s do this!

Give your thoughts during Public Q&A plus Dream representatives will also facilitate a Retail Survey of attendees, to identify the types of retailers and specific brands the community would like to see both on our existing mainstreet (with collaboration from the Port Credit BIA) and in the proposed West Village retail frontage, comprising .9km along Lakeshore Road West.  For sure, a hardware store and an affordable grocery store will mentioned? Results will be shared publicly.

Closing Remarks by Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko will bring us all back to where we actually go from here and how and when.  We can help our Councillor best represent us as a community by providing our candid thoughts at the Town Hall.




REGIONAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW: by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


    City of Mississauga *Postcard* cover

May 2019 -- There have been many local developments, further to the provincial News Release (January 15, 2019) that the Government of Ontario is examining the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of the eight (8) Regions in Ontario, and their lower-tier municipalities.

Provincial Regional Government Review webpage.  Note there is a public consultation option, with public comment invited until May 21, 2019 (extension of the original deadline).

TOPCA PRESENTATION:  The Special Advisors for the provincial Regional Government Review (website) met with residents and organizations in the Region of Peel on Wed. May 8, 2019 in the Peel Region Council Chamber at 10 Peel Centre Drive, in Brampton.  See: Mississauga News article.  TOPCA was allocated the time slot of 1:00 - 1:10 pm to meet with the Special Advisors and make a presentation.  This meeting was open to the public and was live-streamed but not recorded, unfortunately.

View TOPCA's Presentation on Regional Review (Peel) to the Special Advisors (11p PDF)

FACEBOOK COMMENTS:  See TOPCA's Facebook article, where we'd appreciate receiving any comments for the final TOPCA submission to the Review, by May 21, 2019See further TOPCA actions (below).

POSTCARD:  See cover image above The City has mailed all residents a Postcard (sample showing all the wording - 1p PDF) to "evaluate resident support for the City's preferred option to be an independent city" although no measure is possible of how many postcards are actually mailed in, and by who.  Only one option (already checked off) appears on the card.  It is unclear what it means if someone does not mail in a card.  NOTE: Residents can write a note to Premier Doug Ford on the postage-paid return piece if they have an opinion other than the City's pre-printed support for separation from Peel Region.  Watch for the postcard, the week of May 6th.

INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ANALYSIS:  The City of Mississauga does not accept the findings of the Deloitte Report (posted on the Region's Governance Review webpage) which was commissioned by the Region of Peel Chair and CAO to assess the financial impacts of Mississauga separation, amalgamation (with Brampton & Caledon) or status quo.  A new Financial Impact Report by Ernst & Young, commissioned by Regional Council, concluded just before the May 21st deadline for public comment and is also posted on the Region's RGR webpage.  The City of Mississauga has set up its own webpage promoting separation from Peel.

WARDS 1& 2 Regional Governance Town Hall Meeting: May 1, 2019 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Port Credit Legion.  Co-hosted by Councillors Stephen Dasko (Ward 1) and Karen Ras (Ward 2).  Residents asked questions about Mississauga potentially separating from the Region of Peel, and we have captured many of these issues in our remarks here today.

MISSISSAUGA RESIDENT TOWN HALL:  The City of Mississauga held a Town Hall meeting in the Council Chamber on April 8, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm to explain Council's position to seek Separation from the Region of Peel (a position taken by Motion "in principle" on March 20, 2019) and then hear public comment.  The meeting is video-archived here.  Full details about the meeting are posted here.

WHAT IS THE REGION OF PEEL?  The Region of Peel (about) serves more than 1.4 million residents and approximately 173,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.  Since 1974 the Region has been delivering a wide range of programs and services (listing) to the communities, including paramedic services, public health programs, long-term care and services for seniors, child care support, garbage collection and recycling, water and wastewater treatment, Regional road maintenance, financial help, housing and shelter.  The Region is governed by the Regional Chair (role) and 24 members of Regional Council (including the 3 mayors) who represent the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

THE REVIEW:  The mandate of the provincial Regional Government Review is "to help ensure that these municipalities are working effectively and efficiently, and can continue to provide the vital services that communities depend on."

Provincial Regional Government Review webpage.  Note there is a public consultation option, with public comment invited until May 21, 2019 (extension of the original deadline).

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, has appointed two (2) Special Advisors as an advisory body to help with this review: Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn.

This Review includes the Region of Peel, comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.  It is understood that there are three (3) main outcomes which could result from the Review:

1)  Status quo, possibly with Peel Region governance reforms to be recommended;
2)  Amalgamation of two, or all, of the lower-tier municipalities into the "City of Peel";
3)  Dissolution of Peel Region, with Mississauga becoming a single-tier city.  Decisions would also have to be made re the future municipal structure of Brampton and Caledon.

The third option is supported by Mississauga Council and is referred to as "Independence" or "Separation". This position will be submitted to the Special Advisors.

MAKING THE CASE:  In this context, a Brexit-like plebiscite (and potentially messy aftermath) is not what is needed here.  The Special Advisors to the Minister of MAH regarding the future of Peel Region are experienced and knowledgeable, and expected to make the right recommendation, after an evidence-based evaluation.  The City does not need to make its case to the residents and seek popular support (and hasn't, with only a 2-hour Town Hall to explain their "in-principle" position).  The case for economical, efficient and improved municipal governance needs to be made to the Special Advisors, with a clear set of stated (and realistic) assumptions.

CITY AND REGION INFORMATION:  Two webpages have been created, one by the City of Mississauga, and one by the Region of Peel, resulting in somewhat contradictory and confusing information, given the underlying assumptions are not mutually agreed or even made clear.  There is a lot of reading involved, but the average citizen, if they are even aware that two tiers (levels) of local government exist, will find it difficult to determine what personal and community impacts might result from such a potentially significant change in the present governance structure, and at what cost?

Ward1 Councillor Stephen Dasko: Open Letter to Residents.

City of Mississauga RGR City webpage includes:

Corporate Report (40p PDF) in support of Separation.  See Frequently Asked Questions (4p PDF) about the Separation option.  See Executive Summary: Mississauga's Position on the Future of Regional Government (10p PDF).

Region of Peel RGR Regional webpage includes:

Financial Impact Analysis Report (76p PDF) by Deloitte "to better understand the cost implications of various governance scenarios."  In the Report, Status Quo (with reforms) is the preferred option.  See Executive Summary (2p PDF).

MEDIA COVERAGE:  Because of the sudden appearance of the Regional Government Review and quick action by Mississauga Council to pass a Motion (March 20, 2019) supporting ("in-principle") Separation from Peel, the media coverage in Mississauga has highlighted the emotional, changing and confusing nature of the discussion as Brampton and Caledon have weighed in with their views, and the Region released the Deloitte Financial Analysis Impact Report (March 28).  A partial list of citations:

Mississauga News (April 8, 2019): ANALYSIS: What are the implications of 'Mississ-exit' for Peel Region?  Mississauga seeks independence from Region of Peel, leaving Brampton and Caledon with uncertainty.

Mississauga News (April 8, 2019): OPINION: It’s time for Mississauga to leave the Region of Peel; Regional government is keeping our city from reaching its potential, writes Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

Mississauga News (April 8, 2019): How does the Region of Peel share responsibilities with Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon? The Region of Peel and local governments have shared responsibilities, here's an explainer.

Mississauga News (April 8, 2019): Peel mayors at odds after release of Deloitte financial analysis on regional governance; Debate over Peel Region’s future turning into ‘he said, she said’ affair.

Mississauga News (April 7, 2019): OPINION by John Stewart: Mississauga’s move for quasi-independence hits some turbulence; Pope Nando adds balance (and numbers) to regional debate.

Mississauga News (April 7, 2019): Mississauga mayor accuses Peel Region chair of overstepping authority in leaked email; Bonnie Crombie says Deloitte financial audit commissioned by region on province's regional governance review was out of bounds.

Mississauga News (April 5, 2019): Mississauga city council outraged at lack of consultation in report on 'Mississ-exit'; City council says regional report prepared by Deloitte full of assumptions.

Mississauga News (April 4, 2019): Registration deadline April 9 for in-person input on future of Peel regional council.

Mississauga News (March 29, 2019): Region of Peel receives auditor's report [by Deloitte] on Mississauga independence.

Mississauga News (March 26, 2019): Mississauga hosting public town hall to discuss leaving Region of Peel; Public town hall on April 8 invites residents to offer input on possible exit from Peel.

Mississauga News (March 25, 2019): Mayor says Mississauga owes Brampton nothing if her city quits Peel Region.

Mississauga News (March 23, 2019): Brampton mayor wonders if Mississauga can afford a divorce from Peel Region.

Mississauga News (March 20, 2019): 'It's our destiny': Mississauga asks province for independence; City council passes motion requesting secession from Peel Region.

Mississauga News (March 14, 2019): OPINION by John Stewart: Rush to reform regional government shouldn’t include Peel; Mississauga secession an exercise in rhetoric, not logic.

Mississauga News (January 17, 2019): Mississauga’s leaders long to break free of Peel Region. Experts warn they might not get what they want.

TOPCA's ACTIONS TO DATE:

1.  As stated in our e-mail blast of March 23, 2019:  Before the scheduling of the City's Town Hall meeting (per above) TOPCA was contemplating holding our own Town Hall meeting to air the facts, prior to citizens responding to the province’s online survey.  We felt this should not be an emotional exercise, and should respect the residents who pay the freight and/or need regional services (listed here) additional to the Police, Paramedic, Waste and Water services all Mississauga residents receive.

2.  TOPCA Executive reps met with Mississauga-Lakeshore MPP Rudy Cuzzetto on March 29, 2019, to better understand the Review process and how local residents could best participate.  We learned that the Review was initiated based on requests from some other regions in the province, and that it was decided to include all regions, including Peel.  In the end, the decision regarding Peel will be made based on credible, demonstrable financial efficiencies going forward (e.g. saving taxpayer money while maintaining/achieving excellent service delivery), as well as governance benefits to the communities.

3.  TOPCA Executive reps have been confirmed to make an in-person submission to the Special Advisors, per the recent government announcement (April 1, 2019): Ontario Invites Public Presentations on Regional Government Review: Special Advisors to Meet with Local Individuals and Organizations.  The meeting for Region of Peel submissions is scheduled for Wed. May 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:45 pm (time change) in the Peel Region Council Chamber.  TOPCA presents @ 1:00 - 1:10 pm. Further details here.

4.  In support of any submission (written or oral) the TOPCA Executive makes directly to the Special Advisors, we have a TOPCA Facebook article for any comments. 

Without widespread public knowledge of the financial facts and governance issues, we believe any partially-quantified "survey" (City or provincial) will not be adequate to represent an informed consensus....  But, comments can be very helpful, to highlight what needs to be considered, and how individuals or communities might be directly affected in a way that is not anticipated.




PORT CREDIT TOWN HALL MEETING:

Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at Clarke Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West, Port Credit.  Annual TOPCA Business Meeting after the Town Hall Meeting, @ 9:10 - 9:30 pm.

INTRODUCING... Our new Mississauga-Lakeshore MPP Rudy Cuzzetto, as well as Ward 1 Councillor-elect Stephen Dasko and Trustee-elect John Marchant all addressed our Town Hall for the first time in their new roles.  Mississauga-Lakeshore MP Sven Spengemann also made remarks.

Our political representatives: image at left.

CONTEXT:  The program began with a rapid, visual 'PC Development Round-up' presentation to frame the Town Hall discussion (to be posted here).  With over 100 acres under development and over 10,000 new residents moving in within 5-10 years, Port Credit (the City's smallest residential planning district) requires radically improved mobility along the Lakeshore Road Corridor and a high level of citizen engagement to provide input on the extraordinary volume of planning and development applications.  A great way to re-engage with the amazing amount of development activity in Port Credit and send the message that this community intends to stay on it moving forward!

► The 'Drone Fly-over' video (Sept. 23, 2018) of clean-up operations at the 72-acre PC brownfield site, was shown courtesy of West Village Partners, and concluded the 'Context' portion of the Town Hall program.  Click image (below) to view the video (3:48):

PLANNING APPEALS:  TOPCA has long been engaged in the review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), now replaced by the the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) that hears cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters.  As advocated by TOPCA, there is a new citizen-oriented Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC) which helps citizens understand and navigate the land use planning and appeal process in Ontario, including hearings at LPAT.  LPASC Executive Director Mary Lee  presented how this agency (under the Attorney General's Office) can help the public.

Click title-slide image (below) to view the LPASC Presentation (19-slide PDF):

METROLINX:  How does Metrolinx GO from Here?  Metrolinx gave the community an update themselves for the first time, about the status of the planned Port Credit GO Station redevelopment and the Hurontario LRT project which will terminate underground at Port Credit Station, designated a Metrolinx Mobility Hub.

Click title-slide image (below) to view the METROLINX Presentation (21-slide PDF):

NOTE: Followed by the annual TOPCA Business Meeting (AGM) @ 9:10 - 9:30 pm for members who could stay for the reports and executive slate. Those who wish can still join TOPCA or renew their membership ($5).  See: Membership webpage.

See: POSTER (image above) for Agenda.





QEW - CREDIT RIVER BRIDGE PROJECT: PIC #2

NOTICE Was received from the Project Team, QEW Credit River Bridge Detail Design (MTO) concerning the second Public Information Centre for the QEW Credit River Bridge project.

DATE:  November 13, 2018 @ 4:00-8:00 pm at Anapilis Halls, Hall B, 2185 Stavebank Rd (map).

► Click images to view further details contained on the 2-page NOTICE: Page 1 | Page 2.

This project involves the rehabilitation of the existing QEW and the existing Credit River Bridge, construction of a new westbound Credit River bridge, improvement to the QEW, and reconstruction of the Mississauga Road Interchange.

The Project Team is also working with the City of Mississauga to incorporate the City’s active transportation initiatives for pedestrian + cycling crossings over the Credit River, and the QEW at Stavebank Road.

This PIC provided the public and other interested stakeholders with an opportunity to review and discuss the study with members of the Project Team who presented the design, provided an overview of environmental mitigation measures and construction sequencing, and discussed next steps.

► Project information and the latest display boards (under 'Documents' tab) are now posted on MTO's QEW Credit River Bridge project website.




WARD 1 HAS A NEW COUNCILLOR!

CONGRATULATIONS: To Stephen Dasko, our newly-elected Councillor for the Ward 1 seat on Mississauga Council after the municipal election on October 22, 2018.

The TOPCA Executive looks forward to collaborating with Stephen on the many exciting (and complex) issues in Port Credit and along the south-east Mississauga Waterfront, in consultation with the residents and other Ward 1 associations.

We look forward to Stephen's remarks during the TOPCA Town Hall & AGM on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Clarke Hall in Port Credit.

Thank you to the other Ward 1 Councillor candidates who offered their service to the community and ensured the campaign was civil, respectful of the citizens and centred on ideas and policies.  We hope everyone stays engaged with the community over the next four years!




MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS - WARD 1:  Monday, October 22, 2018 with all polls reporting. Source: Mississauga Votes.




PORT CREDIT DEBATE: WARD 1 COUNCILLOR ALL-CANDIDATES MEETING:

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm) at Clarke Hall in Port Credit.  Set-up as shown in image.  FREE.  ALL WELCOME!

► View the full-sized POSTER (also in sidebar).

Mississauga News article (October 16, 2018): Ribfest, development and tough competition at Ward 1 debate in Port Credit: Six of eight Ward 1 candidates talk to residents at debate hosted by TOPCA.

 


Our participating Ward 1 Councillor Candidates (L-R): Miles Roque, Sharmila Setaram, Stephen Dasko, Natalie Hart, Brad Butt, Terry Burke.  Photo by Mark Kostel.


Standing Room Only at Clarke Hall to hear the Councillor Candidates address the issues!  Photo by Mark Kostel

FORMAT:  All eight (8) duly nominated Councillor candidates have been invited to participate.  *NEW* We have now issued the FORMAT & RULES (4p PDF) for the Debate, to ensure a fair and orderly opportunity for the Candidates to communicate their messages and answer public questions (from Ward 1 residents only).

CANDIDATE INFORMATION:  Mississauga Votes (official election website).

MUNICIPAL ELECTION:  Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.

SPONSORS:  Two other local Residents' Associations are co-hosting this debate with TOPCA and as always we appreciate working together.  The Cranberry Cove (PC) Ratepayers Association and the Credit Reserve Association (in Mineola).

NOTE ABOUT TRUSTEE CANDIDATES:  We have received requests for inclusion of duly nominated Ward 1+7 Trustee candidates at this Debate.  Below is our official response:

"The three Residents' Associations co-hosting our Ward 1 All-Candidates Debate on October 15, 2018 agree there is insufficient time to adequately explore municipal issues with eight (8) Councillor candidates and also accommodate the Public School Board Trustee candidates (the Catholic school board Trustee has been acclaimed).

"Our All-Candidates Meeting is focused upon municipal issues that directly concern our respective associations.  While we recognize the importance of the Public School Board we suggest that exploring education issues is best left to the Parent Councils associated with most schools.

"Since we are hosting a public meeting it is expected that some Trustee candidates will choose to attend.  We will make convenient table space available for their campaign literature inside the doors to Clarke Hall.  Their presence will be briefly announced at the beginning of the meeting, and they will be free to meet with any members of the audience who seek them out once our formal meeting concludes (shortly after 9:00 pm).

"Trustee candidates will not be permitted to make political statements during the Public Question Segment of the meeting. 

"NOTE: Questions to the Councillor candidates may only be asked by residents of Ward 1."




TOPCA's 2018 WATERFRONT HERITAGE BIKE TOUR:  Our annual FREE group bike ride for Culture Days.  This year: Heritage Bike Tour of Waterfront Development Sites on Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 10am - 12noon Full-sized POSTER.

We meet at Port Credit Arena (map) starting at 9:30 am (must be there by 9:45 am for safety briefing).  Enjoy FREE Refreshments as well courtesy of PC West Village Partners at their site presentation!

View / download the GPS file (final).  15.4 km round-trip.  Print-image MAP

Image in Poster: TOPCA's red-painted bike planter at the Port Credit Harbour.

The TOPCA Ride is *featured* on the Mississauga section of the 2018 Culture Days website.  We are excited to provide this contribution to the understanding of Port Credit and Lakeview's waterfront heritage: past, present and future!

REGISTER:  (CLOSED) Please e-mail TOPCA@topca.net with the name(s) of those who will be participating, indicating any minors (i.e. if under 18) with their exact ages. We will keep you informed about the Ride, including the 2018 Waiver when it is ready for download.

ROUTE:  We will ride along the Waterfront Trail for the most part, viewing the massive development sites along the Lake Ontario waterfront where century-old industrial heritage will transform into complete mixed-use communities in Port Credit and Lakeview.  Construction sites include the 245-acre former OPG lands (future Lakeview Village) where we will ride through the property to the coal pier (future promenade!); and the 72-acre former Imperial Oil brownfield (future West Village PC) where we will receive an on-site update about the vast environmental clean-up underway. We will also be passing the Port Credit Harbour Marina Lands where mixed-use re-development is planned.  Biking lets us to cover a lot of ground and see where 30,000 additional Ward 1 residents will live!  View / download the GPS file (final).  15.4 km round-trip.

MARSHALLING:  We are grateful that volunteer riding marshals from the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) will be assisting on this ride.  While marshals can help with minor bicycle adjustments, please ensure your bike is in good working order before you bring it to the ride (e.g. chain oiled and secure, tires pumped, gears working, seat height).  The marshals will reinforce their 10 Safety Guidelines for Community Rides.

FREE T-SHIRTS:  We have some leftover red Canada 150 T-shirts (from last year's ride) available to give-away (TOPCA logo on the back).  NOTE: No more than one shirt per rider; other cycling T-shirt give-aways as well.

PLEASE NOTE:

1.  All participants must sign the Waiver and Release (2p-PDF) prior to participating.  Parents / guardians must sign for minors (under 18 years old), and accompany them on the ride.

Children aged 7+ may ride on their own if their parent feels they are capable.  All children must be registered separately.  Children may ride on the sidewalk where their parent / guardian deems it appropriate.  Children aged 6 years and under may participate if  'attached'  to a parent / guardian's bike via child trailer, bike-mounted child seat or tandem-tow.  NOTE: Even infants must be registered separately.

The Waiver & Release (2p-PDF) for the TOPCA Waterfront Heritage Bike Tour (September 30, 2018) will be posted here (please print, sign, bring to the event).  Additional copies will be available at the ride check-in.

2.  All participants must wear a properly fitting Bike Helmet.   Please bring your own Water Bottle (we will have water refills available).  Hybrid Bikes (or mountain bikes) are a necessity due to some unpaved off-road trails and construction roads on the route.

3.  Please bring non-perishable food donations to the start of the ride for the Mississauga Food Bank's Thanksgiving Campaign.

View MAP of the Port Credit & Lakeview Bike Tour route.

INVITATION TO CANDIDATES:  TOPCA issued an invitation to all Ward 1 Councillor candidates to attend this Ride, with the following statement, which also applies to any other candidates in the pending municipal election, who might attend:

"No political clothing (e.g. T-shirts), regalia, literature, buttons, signs or statements, not even a name tag, on yourself or your bike, or on any supporters who might come with you.  We don’t want any riders feeling they are suddenly part of a political opportunity for the candidates.  We also want a level playing field between the candidates.  This is a chance to simply ride with fellow citizens, chat and listen, and experience the major sites as they are now.  Developers will be at the 2 major sites to answer any questions when the group arrives.

"Since members of the TOPCA Exec are conducting the Oct 15 All-Candidates meeting, and remain neutral during the election (we will be happy to work with any one of you as our Councillor after the election!), we cannot be in any photos with you now, since we must also appear to be neutral.  We will introduce any candidates who are present, at the start of the ride, so that participants are aware and of course everyone is free to talk to whom they wish during the event.

"Our residents’ association has a collaborative approach to development and it would be lovely to have any candidates on the ride who wish to be part of our civic adventure to stay informed and engaged."




MISSISSAUGA-LAKESHORE HAS A NEW MPP:

CONGRATULATIONS: To Rudy Cuzzetto, our newly-elected MPP for the riding of Mississauga-Lakeshore after the recent Ontario Election on June 7, 2018.  The TOPCA Executive looks forward to collaborating with Rudy on issues in Port Credit and all along the Mississauga Waterfront, in the interests of the residents.  Thank you to former MPP Charles Sousa for over a decade of service to the community.




RECOGNITION FOR LATE WARD 1 COUNCILLOR JIM TOVEY:

Wed. April 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am in the Council Chamber at Mississauga City Hall. Lakeview projects will be named for the late Jim Tovey.

► View the Livestream (later archived) of the Council meeting.

► View the Full Report for details (PDF: pp17-20 of the Council Agenda - Item 10.2).

► Click image (at left) for Summary of Recommendations.




JIM TOVEY - IN MEMORIAM:   January 16, 2018 - The Executive of the Town of Port Credit Association (TOPCA) is greatly saddened by the sudden passing of our Councillor, Jim Tovey. This loss and the impact of his departure from our civic life at this time cannot be overstated, and we are hearing from many residents about their heavy hearts and personal grief at losing the community champion of Ward “One-derful” as Jim liked to call it.

We wish to share some thoughts with our membership, and all who knew and loved him, including his dedicated wife Lee and their family.

Jim was a visionary, a policy guy, an activist, a tireless community advocate. He thought, then researched, then articulated, then worked, and WORKED, to achieve renewal for his beloved Lakeview, and also Port Credit, as part of an overarching vision for the Mississauga waterfront and its historic villages. Yes, he was Councillor for Ward 1, but his broad perspective was that of a city-builder.

Jim’s love and advocacy for preserving cultural and natural heritage is forever imprinted in the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project so dramatically taking form. We are gratified that on Sunday last, Jim was able to hear the accolades from so many environmental, government and political colleagues (including the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario) for his vision and accomplishments. The Morphology Exhibit in Lakeview is a fitting touchstone of this moment in the City’s waterfront evolution, but only one of many projects inspired and initiated by Jim to finally arrive at a restored and world-class shoreline along our part of Lake Ontario.

Jim was a paddler, a rocker, a cyclist, a carpenter, a leader. It is perfect that one with such lived and varied experience should find his destiny working with a community in need of a driving force to express and realize its ambitious Vision.

The future of the City of Mississauga is indelibly set on a new and exciting course, thanks to Jim’s inspiration, advocacy and passion, and history will bear this out as coming generations enjoy his legacy. The best collective tribute we can make is to stay this course and work together to achieve all that Jim knew our communities and our waterfront could be.

Jim often spoke of doing this work “not for ourselves but for our grandchildren” and we can take comfort in knowing he meant it and knew the legacy would outlive him.

RIP Jim, we won't forget you.

Mississauga News article: Visionary Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey dead at 68

See recent TOPCA photos on Facebook

OBITUARY including online GUESTBOOK.  "Following a private family service, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider online donations to The Compass Food Bank" in Port Credit.

 




COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT:  December 14, 2017:  TOPCA submitted a Letter to the Committee of Adjustment [3p PDF] re: File 'A' 533/17 (Ward 1) on the CofA Agenda (pp48-49), concerning 115 High Street West, owned by HIGH BENSON HOLDINGS INC, who requested a Reduction in the on-site parking standard.

HEARING LIVE-STREAMED: Via the Committee of Adjustment website (later archived).

View the TOPCA Lakeshore-Benson-High site webpage.

Images below:  Concept building plan approved at PDC on October 26, 2015.  The site is still vacant (as of December 2017) -- photo taken April 2017.




LAKESHORE CORRIDOR - GET MOVING! The TOPCA Town Hall Meeting & AGM took place on: Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Clarke Hall in Port Credit.

At left is the detailed AGENDA, highlighting a Panel of expert speakers prior to the public Q&A portion of the Town Hall.

The Speaker Presentations are now posted below!

Visual Town Hall Framework: Challenge and AGENDA, Port Credit Planning Context, NEXT MEETINGS in November 2017 (14-slide PDF)

Susan Tanabe, Manager, Transportation Planning, City of Mississauga: Lakeshore Connecting Communities: Lakeshore Road Transportation Master Plan and Implementation Strategy (12-slide PDF)

Ellen Timms, General Manager, PCBIA: Port Credit Culture Node Review: Mobility Elements (19-slide PDF)

Carol-Ann Chafe, Accessibility Consultant and Advocate: Lakeshore Road Walking Audit: Is Port Credit Walkable and Accessibile? (22-slide PDF)

Yvonne Verlinden, Project Co-Lead, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation: TCAT Economic Impact Study: Bloor Street Bike Lanes Pilot (14-slide PDF)

NOTE:  The Bike Lanes on Bloor pilot project in Toronto has received a lot of attention, and came to a vote (and passed!) at Toronto Council on November 7, 2017, thus making the bike lanes permanent.  Hear from the TCAT Project Co-Lead who did the influential economic impact study (Report).  Then consider: Would bike lanes work on Port Credit's mainstreet (Lakeshore Road)?

Joe Perrotta, Director, Hurontario LRT Project Office, City of Mississauga: Hurontario LRT Project Update (6-slide PDF)

METROLINX: Port Credit GO Station Redevelopment Updates (4-slide PDF)

Christina Giannone (Project Director, Port Credit West Village Partners); Stuart Anderson (Senior Associate, BA Group): West Village: Mobility & Integration (23-slide PDF); Remarks by Christina Giannone (3p PDF)

CASE STUDY:  The West Village Port Credit mixed-use development proposed for the 72-acre brownfield in the midst of our waterfront village will be transformative. Successful integration with the surrounding community will require bold innovations – both on and off-site – in support of mobility.  What is proposed to enable 5000 new residents, along with 1000’s of daytime employees, shoppers, and park visitors to move along an already gridlocked Lakeshore Corridor?




PARKING MATTERS - STUDY:  March 2017.  This study, called Parking Matters (website) will help make future decisions about parking across the City.  As the City continues to grow and evolve, community parking needs are changing.  All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking.  They are all an important part of our transportation system.  To learn more about the study, click here.




EMERALD ASH BORER:  In Spring 2013 City Forestry staff and contractors began implementing the City’s 10-year Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan to preserve 20,000 select City-owned ash trees from the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

NOTE: The City of Mississauga will not be treating Ash trees located on private property and the Forestry Section encourages residents to continually inspect their Ash trees and contact a certified arborist if they suspect EAB on their property.

Click for the City's EAB WEBSITE for the latest information.




WINTER AT PORT CREDIT HARBOUR:  The first snowfall on Dec. 27, 2012 highlight's TOPCA's iconic red painted bike planter installed on the pier.  See PHOTO ALBUM (7 images) on TOPCA's FB page.  Click this image for enlargement.