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MPP Sheref Sabawy Can Help Us By Working With Doug Ford to Change Provincial Priorities

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sheref.sabawy@pc.ola.org

cc: Premier@ontario.ca, mariana.ghobrial@pc.ola.org, Steve.Clark@pc.ola.org

Subject: Statement of Provincial Priorities 2023

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Honourable  Sheref Sabawy MPP
Mississauga-Erin Mills

Dear Honourable Sir:

I reside in Mississauga-Erin Mills. I live in Erin Mills South because it is a planned community, carefully developed by Don Mills Developments starting in 1969. My neighbourhood in [choose one: Olde Burnhamthorpe / Sawmill Valley / Arbour Green / Pheasant Run] has one “neighbourhood shopping centre” at 4099 Erin Mills Parkway. It was carefully planned as our only neighbourhood place for a very special food store, a pharmacy, a dentist, a bank, medical services and other retail and services. It is a place where neighbours meet. We can walk to it from our homes using the planned system of trails and natural ravines. It provides employment for our children and grandchildren. Its small businesses are thriving and long lasting.

I need your help. A new developer wants to tear down the whole plaza, remove all the trees, and close down these longstanding family-owned businesses. The new developer wants to ignore the careful planning by Don Mills Developments in 1969.

I respectfully request your help. The Ontario Government is re-drafting its Statement of Provincial Priorities. The 2023 Statement of Provincial Priorities will direct the City of Mississauga as to its duties under section 3 of the Planning Act. The new Statement will be cited by the Ontario Land Tribunal in its decisions. The Minister will be guided by this document when making Ministerial Zoning Orders. You have the authority as my MPP to advocate on my behalf to the Premier and the Minister to modify the draft 2023 Statement of Provincial Priorities to add the following priorities to your Government’s intention to build more homes faster:

    a.   preserve and protect existing thriving small businesses, their owners and their employees,

    b.  preserve and protect existing walkable neighbourhood centres and infrastructure,

    c.   encourage pedestrian safety for children and adults, 

     d.  protect the property values and quiet enjoyment of residents of established planned communities,

     e.   encourage consistency with the original plan, as it has evolved, within  existing planned communities, such as Erin Mills,

      f.  protect the local environment, including creeks, streams and air, and

      g.  encourage the building of affordable, family-sized units of new housing, rather than housing sized for investment purposes.


Thank you for your concern in saving the local businesses at 4099 Erin Mills Parkway and protecting the homes in our community.

Yours very truly,

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Memo from Stephen Biss posted to Facebook as to why we should ask our MPP for help respecting Section 3 of the Planning Act:

Yet another reason why we should be writing to MPP Sabawy and asking him to take responsibility through his Government to enact a Regulation to protect existing retail, planned communities, and walkability from the build, build, build provincial priority is section 3 of the Planning Act: "3 (1) The Minister, or the Minister together with any other minister of the Crown, may from time to time issue policy statements that have been approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on matters relating to municipal planning that in the opinion of the Minister are of provincial interest. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, s. 3 (1)." and (5) A decision of the council of a municipality, a local board, a planning board, a minister of the Crown and a ministry, board, commission or agency of the government, including the Tribunal, in respect of the exercise of any authority that affects a planning matter,

(a) shall be consistent with the policy statements issued under subsection (1) that are in effect on the date of the decision; and

(b) shall conform with the provincial plans that are in effect on that date, or shall not conflict with them, as the case may be. 2006, c. 23, s. 5; 2017, c. 23, Sched. 5, s. 80.

 

(6) Comments, submissions or advice affecting a planning matter that are provided by the council of a municipality, a local board, a planning board, a minister or ministry, board, commission or agency of the government,

(a) shall be consistent with the policy statements issued under subsection (1) that are in effect on the date the comments, submissions or advice are provided; and

(b) shall conform with the provincial plans that are in effect on that date, or shall not conflict with them, as the case may be. 2006, c. 23, s. 5 .

According to the Provincial Policy Statement 2020 https://www.ontario.ca/page/provincial-policy-statement-2020: "The PPS is issued under section 3 of the Planning Act and according to the act all decisions affecting planning matters shall be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement."

It appears that Ontario is planning to revise the 2020 version and replace it with the Provincial Policy Statement 2023. See https://www.airdberlis.com/.../ontario-makes-a-statement.... We need to ask MPP Sabawy to advocate on our behalf in the new 2023 statement to make sure the Ontario Government promotes existing thriving retail, preserves existing planned communities, and promotes walkability.

MPP Sabawy's government CAN DO THIS in the Planning Act section 3 direction given to the municipalities by using the Provincial Policy Statement (the PPS). That section 3 direction will ultimately be reflected in any municipal decision and any OLT appeal decision.

See also:

https://devrylaw.ca/proposed-provincial-planning-statement-2023-a-summary/

Why We Live in Erin Mills

What Are the Neighbourhoods of Erin Mills?

Our Issue is not NIMBY - Erin Mills is Already a Planned Community

We Already Have Diversity in Housing in Erin Mills

Why are Walkability and "Age-Friendly" Important Concept to bring to the attention of our City and our MPP?

Why the Folkway Drive Intersection is Not Appropriate for High-Density

Why our City and our MPP need to Pay Attention to Pedestrian Traffic

What is the History of Erin Mills?

Why our City and our MPP Should Protect Sawmill Creek

What are the Alternatives to High-Density Housing at the Folkway Drive Intersection?

 

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