The Reimagining the Mall Forum, held in March, gave industry professionals an opportunity to share their ideas on the future of five City of Mississauga shopping mall areas.
“Suburban areas supported by shopping malls are changing,” said Ed Sajecki, city planning and building commissioner. “That’s why we are proactively engaging with industry and residents on how we can guide the future redevelopment of these communities in a way that promotes health and well-being.”
Reimagining the Mall is a study led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with the Region of Peel to establish new land use policies that will guide the long-term evolution and redevelopment of five areas that are anchored by medium-sized indoor malls. Those malls and their surrounding areas were identified for intensification in the city’s Official Plan. The study and resulting policies will help ensure future intensification is done in a way that enhances those areas.
Participants discussed creating healthy, complete communities and addressing issues and opportunities for reimagining malls in Mississauga as well as the Greater Toronto Area. Keynote speaker, Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel Region associate medical officer of health, spoke about the impact malls and community planning can have on the health of Peel residents.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to rethink the role malls play in our lives,” he said. “It’s exciting to consider how our malls can be reimagined to support health in Peel, not just with the services they provide, but by promoting positive social connections and contributing to a more walkable, transit-focused community.”
A discussion moderated by Jane Farrow, words & deeds department principal, actively engaged participants in a conversation about a future vision for mall communities.
Other speakers included Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Andrew Davidge, Gladki Planning Associates senior planner; Andrew Duncan, Riocan development senior vice president; Maureen Atkinson, JC Williams Group research insights senior partner; Alex Dow, United Way Toronto and York Region neighbourhood initiatives director; and Ralph Giannone, Giannone Petricone Associates principal.
“While the current study does not include mall redevelopment, this work is important to make sure our land use policy is in place proactively and ready if a mall owner chooses to redevelop in the future,” said Sajecki.
Opportunities for public and stakeholder input will continue throughout 2018.