Beginning in 2017, the Reimagining the Mall Project is a multi-year study that examines land-use policies at six mall sites and their surrounding communities. The six sites were identified in the Mississauga Official Plan and the City has now endorsed the recommendations presented in the final Directions Report.
The project included extensive community engagement and each phase of work was supported by various engagement activities, including work shops and open houses, surveys and interviews. Mayor Bonnie Crombie said of the project, “As our city grows, evolves and intensifies, we need to have the right policies in place to guide us as we work to build complete communities. That’s why it was so important that we listened and consulted with the community to ensure we got this right.”
The sites, which include: Meadowvale Town Centre, Erin Mills Town Centre, South Common Centre, Sheridan Centre, Rockwood Mall and Westwood Square, were chosen as either “Major” or “Community” nodes in the Mississauga Official Plan.
The recommendations in the Report include:
- Consider the redevelopment or reconfiguration of City-owned lands as part of a larger transformation of the nodes.
- Knit public and private elements of the nodes together in ways that allow them to animate each other and create a network of places and amenities that collectively function as a unified community space.
- Work with land-owners and developers to consider how to bring community facilities into the heart of redevelopment as an animating force and anchor use.
- Expand community infrastructure to serve a growing population.
- Adopt a land first policy to parkland dedication within the nodes in order to add new kinds of public open spaces that currently do not exist in the nodes and surrounding areas, such as civic gathering spaces like urban squares, plazas, amphitheatres, etc.
The project was led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with the Region of Peel, with consultant support from Gladki Planning Associates, DTAH and urbanMetrics. Read more about the project on the City of Mississauga’s website here