In June, Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee endorsed the Dundas Connects Master Plan, a guide for future growth and intensification along the Dundas corridor. The plan, under development since spring 2016, will shape the future look and feel of Dundas Street, focusing on changes to land use, transit and public spaces.

The Dundas corridor, is four kilometres wide and seventeen kilometres long, stretching from Oakville in the west to Toronto in the east. The many stores, businesses, parks, schools, churches and neighbourhoods that extend along it exemplify Mississauga’s diversity. Dundas is also a key part of the city’s transportation network, with thousands of residents using it every day.

“Building a successful city compels us to plan for Transit Oriented Development,” said Andrew Whittemore, planning and building commissioner, adding the Master Plan accomplishes that “with new residential, business and public space envisioned within walking distance of planned public transit.”

The Master Plan will outline best practices along the corridor to help address current and future demands over the next 35 to 40 years as the number of people who live, work, learn and travel along it continue to increase.

Some recommendations in the plan include the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Dundas Street, creating more open spaces and community facilities, supporting new affordable housing, providing safe pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and encouraging street-related retail business while supporting existing businesses.

Since 2016, the city has consulted extensively with residents and stakeholders through public meetings and digital outreach. Feedback on topics including desired changes, favourite places, and features most and least liked about the corridor was obtained to help develop the plan.

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Image, courtesy of the City of Mississauga, an idea board getting feedback from Mississauga residents on how to improve the Dundas Corridor.

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