Creating a Vibrant Downtown

City staff presented the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP) report yesterday to the City’s Planning and Development Committee.

The Downtown CIP aims to attract new office development to the downtown. New office development has not occurred in the downtown for decades because of the high costs of building underground parking. The CIP will allow the City to consider providing financial incentives to eligible projects to offset these high costs.

The report takes into consideration public input received on four proposed incentive programs with recommended changes. Once the CIP is approved, all of the programs will come into effect if no appeals are brought forward.

  • Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) – a grant equal to a portion of a municipal property tax increase that relates to a development or improvement.
  • Development Processing Fees Grant – a rebate on municipal planning fees (e.g., rezoning, site plan application fees).
  • Municipally Funded Parking Program – the City may build and own a municipal stand-alone parking space. Alternatively, the City may co-locate part of a municipally owned parking space within a private office building development.
  • Municipal Property Acquisition and Disposition – the City may purchase key properties and redevelop them for office buildings. The City may also choose to dispose of City-owned lands to attract new office development.

“The Downtown CIP is a toolbox of incentives where applicants can choose to apply for one or a combination of programs,” said John Kovac, Ward 4 Councillor. “However, the CIP offers no guarantees of any loans or grants, but rather, applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for loan and grant considerations.”

The report also recommends a by-law authorizing the City Manager to approve the Development Processing Fees Grant and Tax Increment Equivalent Grant. In addition, the City is asking the Region of Peel to develop a Regional Community Improvement Plan to support office development.

“Downtown Mississauga has not seen significant office development in over 20 years,” said Nando Iannicca, Ward 7 Councillor. “Application of the CIP will help create incentives and attract much needed new office development in our downtown.”

The goal of the Downtown CIP is to create more job opportunities that will help balance growth and create a complete community that includes:

  • a lively, pedestrian and transit-oriented urban space
  • support for existing and planned transit infrastructure
  • support for arts, culture, recreation, entertainment and other employment uses

“With population growth, intensification and the upcoming Hurontario Light Rail Transit, Mississauga’s downtown is poised to transform significantly in the coming years,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “By stimulating private sector investment and office development, increased job opportunities can attract talent and create a vibrant downtown and complete community.”

The Downtown CIP is a five-year pilot and will be implemented the day after the adopting by-law is approved, subject to no appeals. The report will go to City Council for approval on April 26.

Celebrate and Support 30 Years of Art at the Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction on April 27!

The Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction is the not-to-be-missed art event in Mississauga, featuring a curated selection of original artworks by iconic and up-and-coming regional and national artists. Once again, with the generous support of Lead Sponsor Square One Shopping Centre, the AGM is thrilled to host a stellar fundraising event at C Banquets on the 12th Floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre, offering a fantastic line-up of auction artworks, cocktail hour and live entertainment with Stephen Ranger, Vice President Business Development at Waddington’s as our dynamic auctioneer! We’re also celebrating the AGM’s 30th anniversary, which makes this event even more spectacular!
To mark our 30th Anniversary, we are offering a selection of Limited Edition pieces by Canadian artists who have had exhibitions at the AGM over the years. The Annual Fine Art Auction is the biggest event of the year for the AGM and also its primary fundraiser, in support of nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative programs, all with free admission at Mississauga’s public gallery. Get your tickets!
WITH ARTWORKS BY:
Diyan Achjadi, Peter Adams, Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Jaime Angelopoulos, Kotama Bouabane, Gil Caldwell, Patrick Cruz, Karen Darling, Jason Deary, Bonnie Devine, Soheila Esfahani, Fausta Facciponte, Heather Grindley, J.C. Heywood, Robin Hollingdrake, Warren Hoyano, HyunRyoung Kim, Lila Lewis Irving, Erin Loree, Kristie MacDonald, Charles Pachter, Ed Pien, Ester Pugliese, Claire Scherzinger, Margaret Stawicki, Tamara Thompson, Paul Tom, Youngo Verma, Chih-Chien Wang, Leszek Wyczolkowski, Lynn Wyczolkowski
Check out available works in our  ONLINE GALLERY!
30TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION ARTISTS
Libby Hague | Panchal Mansaram | Andrew McPhail | Howard Podeswa
AUCTION PREVIEW
Public Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 PM @ AGM 
All artworks can be viewed in person during the public preview weekend at the gallery from Friday, April 21 – Monday, April 24 during regular gallery hours.
JOIN US FOR AUCTION NIGHT!
C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre,300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Doors Open at 6:30 PM for Cocktail Hour + Live Entertainment | Live Auction at 8 PM! Tickets: $75. To purchase: 905-896-5088 or via artgalleryofmississauga.com

TOP 12 FOOD and FOOD THEMED SUMMER FESTIVALS in ONTARIO!

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Streetsville Bread & Honey Fest

ONTARIO (April 6, 2017) Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds!  Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!

This Year’s Food Festival Highlights include:

Eat & Drink Norfolk    April 6 – 8 (Simcoe)   www.norfolkcountyfair.com  Come Savour the Flavours of Norfolk County.  Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.  Sample from up to 50 separate food and beverage displays!  Come for the FUN, Come for the FOOD!  Mix and mingle with Friends!

Streetsville Founders Day Bread & Honey Festival    June 2 – 4  (Mississauga)   www.breadandhoney.ca  This is a fun-filled family festival featuring a huge parade at 10am on Saturday live entertainment on 2 stages, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s inflatables, crafts, souvenirs and much more. Continue reading TOP 12 FOOD and FOOD THEMED SUMMER FESTIVALS in ONTARIO!

Making Room for the Middle, Mississauga’s Bold Housing Strategy: Mayor Crombie Address

The following speech was delivered by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie during the Region of Peel’s Housing and Homelessness Summit which took place on April, 4th, 2017:

“Good morning, everyone; on behalf of the City of Mississauga, our team of professional staff and Members of Council, I welcome the opportunity to be part of today’s Peel Housing and Homelessness Summit. Let me single our Councillor Karen Ras and Ron Starr who are with us today.

“I also welcome the opportunity to discuss specifically what the City of Mississauga is doing to ensure people, who choose to live, work in and enjoy Canada’s sixth largest city, are able to do so.

“It is only fitting that this Summit is taking place now. Council is moving forward with a made in Mississauga plan that provides bold, innovative and practical strategies to give people more options for affordable, stable and safe housing here in Mississauga.

“Our strategy is called: Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga.

“This strategy aims to foster a supportive development environment for private and non-profit housing builders to provide a range of housing that is affordable for all – with a focus on middle-income households earning between $55,000 and $100,000.

“The draft strategy proposes a target of 35% of all new development to be affordable.

“Why are we doing this now? Housing affects all residents and Council wanted to identify actions the City may take to help ensure housing remains affordable. Continue reading Making Room for the Middle, Mississauga’s Bold Housing Strategy: Mayor Crombie Address

Mississauga Launches New Five-Year Life Sciences Cluster Strategy

Council has adopted the City’s new five-year Life Sciences Cluster Strategy. The strategy identifies priorities to support the growth and development of the life sciences sector and is the first of its kind for a Canadian municipality.

“This strategy will guide the Economic Development Office’s ongoing efforts to identify new opportunities to strengthen Mississauga’s competitive advantage in the life sciences industry,” said Mayor Crombie. “This strategy is the spark that will ignite the synergy between government, industry, academia and concerned citizens. Together, we will create a sustainable environment that supports and nurtures scientific breakthroughs and medical innovations that will benefit the world while generating important economic development here at home.” Continue reading Mississauga Launches New Five-Year Life Sciences Cluster Strategy