A key priority for this term of Council is completing the studies, reviews, community engagement and land use planning with respect to the Ninth Line corridor so that the appropriate development can take place to ensure that this strip of land is an attractive gateway into the City of Mississauga from the west.
The Ninth Line corridor is bordered by NInth Line, Hwy 401 and Hwy 407 and at the Hwy 407/NInth Line crossover in the southern point. Most of it lies within the Ward 10 boundary. It consists of about 350 hectares (865 acres) of land—some of which is flood plain—with a mix of private and public owners. The City owns almost 25%. In 2010, the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel annexed the land from the Town of MIlton and Region of Halton.
I will be posting NInth Line corridor updates to this page as the process toward development continues.
Shaping Ninth Line Public Sessions
More than 200 residents attended the Shaping Ninth Line public engagement sessions in early June. There were two sessions, the first at the Garry Morden Fire Training Centre and the second at Stephen Lewis Secondary School. Both meetings were similar in format, starting with an open house with poster boards lining the outside of the room available for viewing. At 7 pm, City officials welcomed all attendees to the gathering. The consultant team made a presentation about the potential land use scenarios and highlighted some of the challenges faced by the City in accommodating the provincially-mandated growth targets and the alignment of the future 407 Transitway. The consultants then facilitated a public feedback exercise to hear from residents about the content of the presentation and also their desires for the development of the Ninth Line lands. Planning staff welcomed and appreciated the thoughtful comments that were shared out of the exercise and will consider how best to incorporate them into the land use policy that is next to be drafted.
I, too, want to express my appreciation for the many residents who took time to share their ideas and ask questions at these meetings. The process of development is complicated as there are many external influences that the City has little or no control over and must take into account. When municipalities develop land, it is the provincial government, through its Places to Grow Act, that dictates the type and amount of growth targets that must be met, including mandated "people and jobs per hectare" requirements. This forces the City to plan for a mix of land uses. The planning framework for Ninth Line also directs that future development must be supportive of transit, active transportation and goods movement. The 74 metre buffer for the future Transitway has a significant impact on land use scenarios. It might be a nice idea to plan for only trails, parks and passive use on these lands, but that doesn't fit with the provincial requirements nor does it match the City's strategic plan for building sustainable, diverse, stable neighbourhoods. It's important to note that the City owns only a few chunks of land in the corridor. The province owns some of the land and there are many private landowners who also have a vested interest in the future uses within the corridor. Also, parks and trails aren't free. This kind of development for public enjoyment is often paid for through fees charged to developers of residential, commercial or industrial properties. Alternatively, tax payers foot the bill.
The process for developing the Ninth Line lands now shifts into Phase 2 which includes the completion of a host of important studies: growth management analysis, fiscal impact analysis, transportation study completion, subwatershed study completion, water/wastewater servicing study completion, urban design guidelines. These are expected to last till the end of the year. A final Ninth Line land study report and public workshop stakeholder meetings are planned for the second quarter of 2017 with a presentation to the Planning and Developmet Committee shortly thereafter.
Posted May 26, 2016
Report on Official Plan Amendment timing
Regional Councillors were updated on the Regional planning process related to the Ninth Line lands and the timing of the Official Plan Amendment to incorporate these lands into the region's urban boundary.
Posted May, 2016
Public workshops on Ninth Line land use
Together with the City's Planning division, I am hosting two public engagement workshops to review and receive feedback on land use planning for the Ninth Line lands, the corridor between Ninth Line and Hwy. 407. The sessions - one in the north and one in the south - will be the same so you only need to attend one of them.
Posted Dec. 9, 2014
City, Province to Study Transitway Alignment
At the November 24 Council meeting, my Council colleagues and I approved a report that enables a review of the transitway alignment in the Ninth Line corridor to take place within the first half of 2015. The Transitway has a significant impact on the type and scale of development that can occur in this area due to its current alignment and property protection requirements. The current design, including station areas, does not take into account the servicing and drainage requirements related to the Transitway and their impacts on future development.
The City and Ministry of Transportation Ontario have agreed to update the alignment, required right-of-way, and hydraulic/stormwater management for the Transitway. This additional work will benefit the Ninth Line Corridor Review Study by:
• Providing greater certainty on the amount of developable land within the Ninth Line lands study area;
• Assisting in the preparation of land use scenarios for review by stakeholders;
• Providing an update to the 1998 Property Protection Study for the Transitway using MTO's current 407 Transitway Design Standards;
• Addressing property requirements for proposed stations; and
• Providing input into the future preparation of an Enviromnental Assessment (EA) for the Transitway in a manner that incorporates the City's land use interests.
This additional work would protect land for future stations and right-of-way requirements, and inform the future EA.
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