For Immediate Release
May 10th, 2016
Coordinated Review an Action Plan for Building Complete Communities: Mayor Crombie
Mississauga – Through the Coordinated Review, the Wynne government is demonstrating that it understands the importance of proper planning, but more importantly, a deep understanding of how multiple pieces of legislation must work in harmony, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.
Mayor Crombie made the comments during a media avail held by the Wynne government to announce the recommendations of the Coordinated Review of Land Use Planning, led by David Crombie and a team of experts. The Review examined how to make improvements to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan to promote responsible development and growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of the province – Canada’s fastest-growing urban region and the province’s economic engine and the home of the Greenbelt.
In attendance were Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and MPP for Mississauga South.
“If we want to build world-class communities, we cannot do so by working in silos,” Mayor Crombie said. “We must be coordinated in our approach, set realistic targets, and ensure we have buy-in from residents and stakeholders, including municipalities.”
Mayor Crombie said “I am pleased that the Wynne government hosted today’s announcement right here in Port Credit – an excellent example of a complete community, right here in Mississauga.”
“The development of Port Credit takes into account pedestrians and active transportation; it is connected by GO Transit to the wider Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and soon, thanks to the Wynne government, this community will be connected to the 22 kilometer Hurontario LRT that will form the spine of our regionally-integrated transit network.” The Hurontario LRT is the largest infrastructure investment in Mississauga history.
“Mississauga is ready to embrace greater density and is committed to building complete communities that take into account proper transit, recreation, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and a healthy mix of employment and residential lands,” Mayor Crombie added.
“We’re developing an environment which fosters jobs and employment growth, while at the same time working together to protect our environment. We recently extended the Greenbelt designation for the lands along our Credit River, permanently protecting these precious lands from development.”
“We are also working toward coordinating our infrastructure investments with our development targets to ensure we are meeting the needs of communities today and tomorrow.”
“The Mississauga of the next 20 years will look much different from the Mississauga of today and I’m sure this will be the case for many other communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and beyond.”
“Through the coordinated review, the Ontario government is demonstrating that it understands the importance of proper planning, but more importantly, a deep understanding of how multiple pieces of legislation must work in harmony.”
Mayor Crombie concluded “I want to recognize the work of the panel who undertook the mammoth task of this review, in particular, David Crombie.”
“I also want to thank the Wynne Government, Minister McMeekin and all the ministers here today for being committed partner to cities. It is critical that we work together to build Ontario up and through initiatives like the Coordinated Review, I am confident that we will achieve our objectives and continue to build communities like Mississauga into world-class cities.”