Today, Council approved the City’s proposal Map of the parks, a comprehensive document that outlines Mississauga’s current and future citywide park needs. As the city continues to ramp up, the parks plan will determine how much park Mississauga needs, where it is needed and how to acquire it.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen how important Mississauga’s parks and public spaces are to the health and well-being of our residents,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As Mississauga continues to grow, we need to make sure we have a way to provide vibrant new parks and recreational facilities in our communities. It is essential to the long-term health of our residents and our city.
The Parkland Conveyance By-law, which outlines the City’s process for acquiring parks and collecting cash in lieu of parks during development, is updated to reflect projected growth in Mississauga and recent changes made to the Planning Act. The parks plan, a requirement of the Planning Act, is an important step in the regulatory review process. It will support the updated settlement by demonstrating the need to allocate land and/or pay money in lieu of a park for new development. Cash payment is cash payment in lieu of allocating land for parks within a development.
Funds raised through this policy are used to purchase parks in key areas that will be underserved given population growth.
The parks plan builds on public and stakeholder consultation undertaken for the 2019 Future Directions Parks Master Plan and incorporates recent feedback from consultations with school boards and the development industry. It updates park provisions – or the amount of parks needed citywide based on population/existing parks – to better reflect and respond to current conditions, emerging needs and future demands. It also sets out ways to prioritize fleet acquisition in the future.
“We know the value that our connected and vibrant outdoor public spaces bring to residents of Mississauga. While we are very proud of our park system, our analysis shows that there are park deficits throughout the city,” said Jodi Robillos, Community Services Commissioner. “As land values rise and our population escalates, our parks plan will be a key tool in ensuring we continue to grow, connect and expand parks for all Mississauga residents.
The Parks Plan recommends a change in how the City determines the amount of parks we need to better reflect the type of urban development taking place in Mississauga. Key recommendations include:
- Move from a city-wide parks goal to a local area focus. This will help identify areas that need parks the most.
- Establish specific metrics for local parks based on population size and growth, walking distance to playgrounds, and access to local parks and facilities.
- Prioritize ways to secure new parks where they are needed most.
A report summarizing the Parks Plan and the methodology used to update the Parks Land Transfer Regulations is available for review and comment. The proposed Parkland Divestiture Bylaw will be submitted to Council for approval in May 2022.
Staff also continue to work on regulations to support two other important tools for funding growth: development charges and the new community benefits charge.
Learn more about Mississauga’s growth financing tools.
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