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TOPCA Meetings (current and archive)

ON OUR WATCH: TOPCA is holding a Waterfront Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Clarke Hall @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm re: The Port Credit Marina Lands and the West Village Port Credit Draft Plan for the former Imperial Oil brownfield lands. ALL WELCOME!

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HAVE WE MISSED THE BOAT?
TOPCA TOWN HALL MEETING:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 7:00-9:00 pm
at Clarke Hall. Doors open @ 6:30 pm.

There will be a citizens' Town Hall Meeting regarding the City's Draft OPA for the Port Credit Marina Lands (One Port Street). Sponsored by TOPCA.

► Click for AGENDA and further details 

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TOPCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Monday, November 24, 2014
At CLARKE HALL, 161 Lakeshore Road West (map

6:00pm  Business Meeting for TOPCA members

7:00pm  Town Hall Meeting (open to the Public)
Theme: "On the Waterfront"

OPEN MIC FOR PUBLIC QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

 

 

Click for AGM Program.

Click for AGM Speaker Bios

Click for AGM Flyer (left).

Click for AGM Poster (above).

Click to view FACEBOOK ALBUM of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOPCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Monday, November 25, 2013

At CLARKE HALL, 161 Lakeshore Road West (map

6:00pm  Business Meeting for TOPCA members

7:00pm  Town Hall Meeting
Lakeshore Corridor Check-up: Port Credit Edition

OPEN MIC FOR PUBLIC QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

ALL ARE WELCOME

A great opportunity to join TOPCA if you wish, or renew your Membership.

Click image for full-size POSTER.

 

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SPECIAL TOPCA MEMBERS' MEETING:  Wed. January 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm at PORT CREDIT ARENA.  If your TOPCA membership has lapsed, this is an ideal time to renew (or join).  If you plan to attend, please RSVP: TOPCA@topca.netMembers only please.

The TOPCA Executive has called this special meeting about the Post Office redevelopment proposal prior to two critical public hearings at: the Heritage Advisory Committee (Jan 22) and the Committee of Adjustment (Jan 31). 

Click for the TOPCA webpage about the Port Credit Post office site.

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TOPCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  November 26, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m. at CLARKE HALL, 161 Lakeshore Road West. 

Come and discuss Port Credit issues. 

Click image for full-size FLYER.

 

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May 7, 2012: The Lakeshore Corridor Public Meeting

LAKESHORE LAYERING MODEL:  As presented at the THREE VILLAGES Public Meeting: 'The Lakeshore Corridor as a Complete Street' on May 7, 2012 at the Port Credit Legion.
Click the POSTCARD CONCEPT for enlargement. 

Mississauga News article (May 8, 2012): OMB reform in months, not years: Sousa.  Excerpt: "Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decisions that go against City of Mississauga plans and the vision of residents will soon be a thing of the past, Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa told a packed house last night at the Port Credit Legion.  Speaking at the Three Villages Public Meeting, hosted by residents groups from Clarkson, Port Credit and Lakeview in the continuing fight to keep the Lakeshore Corridor free from what they view as inappropriate development, he said it's essential to rein in the OMB, and 'that will happen in months, not years.'"

THREE VILLAGES PUBLIC MEETING: 
'The Lakeshore Corridor as a Complete Street' took place on Monday, May 7 @ 7-9 p.m. at the PORT CREDIT LEGION HALL, 35 Front Street North (map). 


Click image for full-size FLYER.

Co-sponsored by:
Town of Port Credit Association (TOPCA)
Lakeview Ratepayers' Association (LRA)
Clarkson ratepayer groups. 
ALL ARE WELCOME

Residents and stakeholders of the Clarkson area, Port Credit and Lakeview attended and participated.

Click image for full-size POSTER.

We will discuss the Lakeshore Summit ideas (see below) and solicit resident feedback in regard to a new Joint Framework Document which several Mississauga South RAs will use to attract (and evaluate) appropriate development proposals along the entire Lakeshore Corridor, and to express the mutual expectations and support between the citizens, the businesses and the stakeholder groups in our linked communities.

A resource panel of experts is planned, to help address public questions at the OPEN MICROPHONE.

Click image for full-size FLYER / AGENDA.
     NOTE: Ward 2 Councillor Pat Mullin will
     now be attending and speaking as well.

 

 

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March 3, 2012: The Lakeshore Corridor Summit Meeting

Click the images (below) for the full-size INVITATION and AGENDA for the Summit Meeting co-sponsored by TOPCA and Lakeview Ratepayers Association (LRA) on Saturday, March 3, 2012.   

Click image (left) to view the Inventory of Ideas provided in the ROUNDTABLE NOTES for each of the seven (7) categories of discussion as listed in the Agenda (below).  Also included: '100 Year Cards' (30p PDF).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click images for photo enlargements.

The Summit brought together over 80 representatives from local residents' associations, BIAs, non-profit community stakeholder groups, government agencies, City staff and local politicians for a day of idea sharing, note taking and pondering the potential of what can easily be described as the most valuable strip of lakefront real estate in Ontario - the Lakeshore Corridor.  Opening remarks by TOPCA and LRA representatives, presented to a packed Credit Room in the PC Arena, confirmed the meeting objective was not only to build on the work of the Lakeview Legacy Project, the VIVA Port Credit White Paper, and the Clarkson Village Study, but to re-engage stakeholders during what is considered to be a crucial time for the area in terms of new and infill development.

While all three historic communities are presently in different phases of re-establishing strong village cores, they share many common concerns, and through an unprecedented citizen-led initiative are now proposing to collaborate together to enhance their common Main Street.

Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and Ward 2 Councillor Pat Mullin addressed the audience in affirmation of the summit process and the concerns of the Lakeshore Corridor communities. 

Following a presentation by University of Toronto Professor John Danahy, who spoke to the need for more strategic intensification and the success of the 'road diet' concept in Europe and the United States, the participants broke into round table discussions chaired by local resource volunteers on the following topics of concern:

1. Intensification and Neighbourhoods
2. Multi-Modal Transportation
3. Waterfront and Environment
4. Retail and Economic Development
5. Culture and Tourism
6. Built Form and Heritage
7. Established Guidelines and Community Engagement

A number of themes emerged from the round table discussions including the need for more efficient transportation services, the importance of protecting established neighbourhoods, creating a walkable/bikeable environment, enhancing the green corridor, the rise of citizen engagement and the need for municipal planning autonomy.

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November 30, 2011: Whither Mainstreet Retail?

This Panel discussion explored retail and related issues of concern to the historic communities along the Lakeshore Corridor.  The theme is timely given the various development proposals on the table for increased residential and commercial density and big box and chain stores along Lakeshore Road, coupled with escalating store rents in the older sections of Port Credit to match the sq ft rates for the infill builds.  And with both increased density and destinations, how can Lakeshore Road possibly bear the increased traffic load?

The pun in the topic heading is deliberate and reflects the 2-pronged question all these challenges raise: Where are we headed, and will what we have survive? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Click images above for full-size POSTER and AGENDA / PROGRAM including biographies of the Panelists.

We are thrilled to have assembled a Panel to help educate citizens about these matters, so that we may better respond with stated positions in regard to ongoing development proposals, and understand the trends we are experiencing here in Port Credit.  L to R (click image to enlarge):

Alex Temporale 
Ellen Timms

Catherine Nasmith

John Danahy
  

Plus remarks by Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa

Click images below for two of the Panelist presentations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: The presentations were filmed and we hope to provide further notes and images to summarize the wide range of information provided.

Thanks to our sponsors for the refreshments served at the meeting:

Cookie Girls Fine Pastries

13 Stavebank Road North
(416) 890-4138
Click image for further details
 

Starbucks Port Credit

111 Lakeshore Road West
(905) 278-7562
Click image for further details

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March 22, 2011: Ramping-up the Port Credit Vision

TOPCA sponsored a public meeting entitled RAMPING-UP THE PORT CREDIT VISION on March 22, 2011 at Clarke Hall.  It took the form of a Community Panel Discussion.  Participants included: Mayor Hazel McCallion, Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and the Hon. Charles Sousa, MPP Mississauga South. 

Click for FLYER.
Click for AGENDA
Click for BIOS & PICS.

Rogers Cable 10 taped the program from the March 22, 2011 public meeting sponsored by TOPCA: "Ramping-Up the Port Credit Vision" which is available on order.

Thanks to the approx. 250 folks who attended the meeting -- and to our Guest Speakers (L to R): Bob Howald (CLC), Minister Glen Murray and Ed Charlton (Imperial Oil).  NOTE: The VISUAL PRESENTATIONS of the 3 guest speakers are posted under the Panel listing further below.

Mayor Hazel McCallion made some remarks.
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Mississauga News article (March 18, 2011): Community discusses Port Credit vision.
Mississauga News article (March 23, 2011): Crown buys marina space.
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HOW DO WE CREATE A "VISION TEST" FOR PORT CREDIT?
How do we attract and accelerate the right development for our fragile village?
Introductory Remarks by Moderator Jim Danahy, TOPCA Co-President.

The extraordinary PANEL OF GUEST SPEAKERS included:
The Honourable Glen Murray, then Ontario Minister of  Research and Innovation and renowned urbanist (formerly Mayor of Winnipeg and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute), shared ideas about how some of the world’s most successful urban communities protect and innovate at the same time.
► Tweet by @Glen4TC during the meeting: Huge turnout at (TOPCA) meeting with residents (250+) in Port Credit to discuss plans with Min Charles Sousa and other officials.
► VISUAL PRESENTATION: Innovation Economies, Attracting Knowledge-based Talent and Jobs, and the Role of Place Making (43p PDF).

Robert A. Howald, Senior Vice-President Real Estate, Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (now owner of the 19-acre federal Marina lands in Port Credit) spoke about how large brownfield redevelopments can be accomplished in delicate urban settings, using examples of inspiring redevelopments CLC has done elsewhere and an outline of the considerations that will be unique to the planning and redevelopment of the waterfront Marina lands.
See CLC's new webpage for the Marina lands at 1 Port Street East.
► VISUAL PRESENTATION:Inspiring and Innovative Development (18p PDF).

Ed Charlton, Senior Real Estate Manager for Devon Estates Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Oil, manages surplus properties for Imperial Oil in Ontario, including the 75-acre brownfield in Port Credit.  Ed explained how civil liability issues currently preclude the site's development, but if a comprehensive mixed-use plan can be made for the whole property with the community's support, it could be executed in coherent, integrated phases compatible with sound environmental, planning and economic conditions.  The Ontario Government must first establish an effective public policy regime for environmental liability and risk management. 
► VISUAL PRESENTATION: Brownfields: Land Owner Perspective (19p PDF).

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A Vision for Port Credit: Pictorial Presentation and Discussion

  • TOPCA sponsored a community meeting on June 4, 2008 to present A Vision for Port Credit, which has emerged from all our collective ideas. The City received these compiled ideas in May 2008 as a White Paper entitled:

Port Credit: An Urban Village for the 21st Century;
A Model Community for the World

As submitted by VIVA Port Credit (TOPCA is a member group)
Click here to view the White Paper

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Developing Our 100 Acres: Urban Design Panel on Port Credit

  • TOPCA sponsored a public meeting on Nov. 26, 2008: Developing Our 100 Acres: An Urban Design Panel on Port Credit, which featured a variety of urban design practitioners.  Click here for Biographies.  Then-Ward 1 Councillor Carmen Corbasson and Mayor Hazel McCallion attended.
  • This was a discussion of the urban design challenges as they pertain to the significant lands potentially available for development or re-development in Port Credit.  How will this affect our Village model?  The City will be studying future use of the former Texaco lands (a Brownfield), the Harbour lands, and properties on the Lakeshore Road Corridor.  Public realm, built form and transportation systems are all part of the urban design mix.  How can we achieve our collective community Vision: 'Evolving the Urban Village'?  Click here for Program.
  • Click here for Aerial View of potential development sites.  Note that public parks slated for redevelopment have been additionally outlined in green, further to questions asked at the meeting.
  • Click here for Questions asked of the Panel in both written form, and at the public microphone.  Feel free to e-mail additional questions to TOPCA@topca.net for the follow-up meeting in Spring 2009!
  • A preliminary inventory of 127 images was compiled for this event.  Click here for pictorial resourcesPLEASE NOTE: These images are for discussion purposes.  In terms of the Texaco Brownfield and Harbour Marina sites, the Google Earth overlays (e.g. Tiananmen Square, Square One, Sydney Opera House) on slides #57-62 and #68-74 are designed to show the size and scale of the properties, and are not literal suggestions of what should be put there!

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BC21 Project: Our Future Mississauga  

  • On October 24, 2007, TOPCA sponsored a “Community Conversation” at Clarke Hall for over 100 participants from Port Credit. This was part of the City of Mississauga's initiative: Building a City for the 21st Century, and was led by Andrew McNeill, Strategic Leader for the BC21 project. The City has embarked on a series of “conversations” with various communities to develop a shared vision for our City’s future over the next 33 years and hear what residents envision by the year 2040. The session included a presentation, and a facilitated discussion to gather our ideas and input.  Click here for the BC21 Project website.
  • On April 22, 2009 Council approved a new Strategic Plan setting the Vision for the City of Mississauga.  The Plan is based on the thousands of ideas collected throughout the Our Future Mississauga community engagement process and is designed to build our city for the 21st century.  Information about the Strategic Plan is available at www.conversation21.ca
  • On May 26, 2009 at the Living Arts Centre the public was invited to hear keynote speaker Dr. David Suzuki and see a presentation of the City’s new Strategic Plan.  In mid-June there will be access to Mississauga's Strategic Plan website at its new home: OurFutureMississauga.ca.
  • The City's Downtown21 Master Plan grew from the Visioning process of the BC21 project.  Go to www.downtown21.ca for further details.  Mississauga News article (June 30, 2009): "‘Main Street’ to anchor City Centre".
  • PUBLIC MEETING: Presentation of the final Downtown21 Master Plan Tues. January 19, 2010 @ 7-9 p.m. at City Hall (Council Chamber)