Message from Councillor Stephen Dasko Regarding Lakeview Community Partners – MZO

By May 15, 2023June 29th, 2023Issues, Planning & Development, Ward 1

Councillor Dasko is very disturbed by the Province’s decision to approve a MZO (Minister’s Zoning Order) for the Lakeview development which was released late afternoon on Friday, May 12, 2023.

The Councillor has since been interviewed by the press sharing his concerns on this matter. CP24

An excerpt of the Councillor’s comments is below as well.

But the city councillor that represents the Lakeview area says that by unilaterally doubling the size of the development, the Ford government is undoing planning work for the site that dates back to 2006.

“We had a very comprehensive report saying that this is a bad idea, that you don’t want to do this and we were sending that back to the ministry and copying the minister on this when we got absolutely blindsided at 5 p.m. on a Friday going into Mother’s Day weekend,” he said. “It’s devastating. The infrastructure concerns weren’t taken to account and the vision of this has not been taken into account. We went from a mid-rise development to essentially the sky’s the limit with removing height caps and things like that. So this has changed the trajectory and what this was and is intended (for the area) dramatically.”

The government has said that it will continue to work with stakeholders “to facilitate approvals and ensure the realization of tangible community benefits.”

Dasko, however, said that he feels like the city will now have to “start at square one,” with some of the planning work, as the intended vision for the neighbourhood has been “completely upended.”

He also said that he fears a planned two-kilometre bus rapid transit line along Lakeshore Road East will be insufficient to accommodate the thousands of new residents along Mississauga’s lakeshore.

“Planning was always predicated on that 8,000 units since this was put forward as a master plan community. So that’s what people were working on up at the region and also at the city in terms of pipes in the ground for somebody that wants to have a drink of water or flush a toilet. All of these things were always based on those types of numbers,” he said. “To say I am disappointed, devastated would be an understatement.”

As originally planned, the Councillor insisted that the Planning and Development Committee meeting go ahead tonight to discuss this issue.  Please see the report that was prepared to review as well as the link to the Committee meeting this evening below:

  1. Report:
  2. Link to Planning and Development meeting – Monday, May 15, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.