How Mississauga plans to pay for new roads, bike lanes, fire stations and more

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By Declan Finucane

Published on March 31, 2022 at 1:34 p.m.

Mississauga officials will address members of the public next Wednesday (April 6) to talk about the city’s growth and how they will pay for roads, fire stations and other new infrastructure needed in the future. .

At the public session, which begins at 9:30 a.m. as part of the Mississauga City Council meeting, City of Mississauga planning staff will present an overview of the proposed Development Charges Bylaw and the new community benefit fees.

The latter is a levy created by the provincial government that will help pay for additional growth-related costs stemming from high-density developments such as new high-rise condos planned for downtown and along Lakeshore Road. corridor.

Funds from those fees are used to build new infrastructure such as roads, bike paths, parks, fire stations and more, according to city officials.

Members of the development community in Mississauga have expressed concern that in many cases in the future they will be charged too much money under the new bylaw to complete high-density projects.

They said they don’t mind paying their fair share, but argue the fee hike may be unfairly harsh.

In response, city officials said the fee is not only fair, but represents the amount needed to provide Mississauga residents with the parks and other infrastructure they need to move forward.

The by-law review process, which began in early 2021, is provided for under the Planning Act and the Ontario Development Charges Act. The process included ongoing consultation with industry stakeholders.

The draft development charge by-law is available online on the City’s website and a draft of the new community benefit charge by-law will be released before Wednesday.

Both documents could be approved by the city council in May.

Residents and stakeholders can view the meeting via videoconference or attend in person at City Hall inside Council Chambers.

Pre-registration is required to participate and provide feedback during the session. Questions should be directed to the Clerk’s staff at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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