THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
June 16, 2005
To hold a public meeting pursuant to Section 17(15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, to consider an amendment to the transportation network and policies as provided for in the Regional Official Plan (ROPA 16)
1. ROLL CALL
|G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. DiMarco, S. Fennell, A. Groves, E. Kolb, N. Iannicca, D. Lyons, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion, G. Miles, E. Moore, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, P. Palleschi, R. Paterak, M. Prentice, P. Saito, J. Sprovieri, N. Stewart|
|R. K. Gillespie, Acting CAO and Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor, P. Graham, Commissioner of Health; D. Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; L. Nashman, Commissioner of People, Information and Technology; J. Menard, Acting Commissioner of Social Services; N. Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning; K. Ward, Commissioner of Housing & Property; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works; Dr. H. Shapiro, Acting Medical Officer of Health; C. Gravlev, Regional Clerk; J. Ireland, Legislative Co-ordinator|
2. OPENING OF PUBLIC MEETING
Regional Chair Kolb called the public meeting to order at 9:37 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton. He stated that the public meeting was open and was being held pursuant to Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.
Chair Kolb remarked that if a person or public body does not make oral submissions
regarding this amendment at this public meeting or make written submissions
before this proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted by the Regional Municipality
of Peel, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) may dismiss all or part of an appeal.
3. CONFIRMATION OF NOTIFICATION
The Regional Clerk stated that Notice of the Public Meeting was given in accordance with Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, as amended, by publication in the following news media:
Mississauga News - May 15, 2005
Brampton Guardian - May 15, 2005
Caledon Enterprise - May 14, 2005
Further, it was noted that Notice of the Public Meeting was posted on the Regional
website as of May 13, 2005 (www.peelregion.ca)
and the Draft Official Plan Amendment was available to the public on the website
as of May 13, 2005.
4. FURTHER NOTICE REQUEST
The Regional Chair stated that if any person would like further notice of the future passage of this proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) they should give their full name, address, postal code, and telephone number in writing at the Clerk's reception prior to leaving the meeting.
5. STAFF PRESENTATIONS
a) Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning and Tom AppaRao, Director, Transportation Planning, Outlining the Proposed Changes to the Transportation Network and Policies as Provided for in the Regional Official Plan (File Number ROPA 05-016)
Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning, explained that one of the biggest challenges facing the Region of Peel is to address transportation issues within the Region. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to update the Regional Official Plan, which is approximately nine years old, to ensure that the transportation framework and policies contained within it reflect the realities of today.
Tom AppaRao, Director, Transportation Planning, provided background information about how the proposed amendment was developed in collaboration with the three area municipalities, as well as other organizations and input from various stakeholders. All levels of government are responsible for transportation in one form or another in the Region of Peel, and strong coordination between municipalities along with private sector organizations is important to ensure an integrated and coordinated approach to transportation planning.
There are three aspects to ROPA 16:
Two new policy sections to be added to the Regional Official Plan (ROP) through the adoption of the proposed amendment are environmental impact, and transportation demand management, which would work toward changing the transportation choices people make to encourage more sustainable transportation networks and systems.
Significant changes are proposed to the following three schedules of the current ROP:
1. Major Road Network;
2. Regional Road Right of Way Requirements; and
3. Major Transit Corridors.
6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
a) Oral Submissions
i) Therese Taylor, Conservation Chair, Peel Region Group, Sierra Club of Canada and Resident of Mississauga
Therese Taylor began by thanking Planning staff for the workshop they held with respect to ROPA 16, and advised that she found it to be very informative.
She stated that the Region cannot build its way out of congestion, and recognized this will be fundamental to finding the right solution to transportation problems. The Region of Peel is planning to widen roads, despite the fact that driving pollutes the air, and oil supplies are running out. Therese Taylor read from documents she received at the transportation workshop which suggested that the limited financial resources of the Region for transportation purposes should be spent on sustainable solutions, and she suggested that taxes should not be spent on building and widening roads, which are not solutions to gridlock.
Therese Taylor indicated there is currently an environmental crisis. She presented a number of health related statistics to support this comment, including the number of premature deaths due to poor air quality in Ontario each year, and the fact that one in five children can expect to develop asthma. Gridlock is driving the release of pollutants into the air that cause smog, global warming and water pollution. She reminded Council that Ontario has already passed the record for smog days in 2005, and it is still technically spring.
Therese Taylor suggested it is disturbing that the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) received little attention by the media and international leaders, which has left the public out of the loop with respect to this document. She suggested that the earth has severely degraded in the last 50 years, and 60 per cent of ecosystems worldwide are degraded or used unsustainably.
She advised that some disturbing trends in Peel are that vehicle trips are growing faster than population and employment, and that transit is losing ridership. She further advised that part of the reason for low transit ridership is that most peak hour trips are inter-regional, and that a less fragmented inter-regional public transit system is required. She compared transit systems in the Region of Peel to that of the City of London, and the Region of Waterloo, and suggested that those public transit systems are being utilized by business people.
Therese Taylor noted that the Region is paying for the high volume of truck traffic on local and provincial roads through high health care costs, and declining local agriculture. Importing produce from South American countries is detrimental to our health because of pollution caused by the transportation of goods, and because some South American countries continue to use pesticides which have been banned in Canada because they are known to be carcinogenic. Regional policies should encourage people to live and work in the same community, and challenge the idea that Peel can accommodate a large influx of population over the next 20 to 30 years. She added that the Region is already choking on its prosperity, and cannot accept large numbers of people until transportation concerns are addressed. She stated, the Region must respect the environment; a healthy workforce or sustainable economy cannot be achieved without a healthy environment. The Region needs to move toward a conservation sustainable culture. The goal of Council should be to limit vehicles on the road, not widen roads to allow for more. Therese Taylor also suggested that improvements to public transit are required, including all-day and weekend GO Transit service, which are not currently offered.
Therese Taylor read from a book authored by Dr. David Suzuki titled Good News for a Change, which outlines a number of sustainability projects being undertaken around the world. According to Therese Taylor, Canada is far behind other parts of the world in moving towards environmentally sustainable solutions.
Therese Taylor asked that the Region of Peel not move ahead with the proposed changes to transportation planning with respect to the environment in a "business as usual approach", but with urgency.
i) Robert Sasaki, Manager, Transportation Planning, Transportation and Works Department, City of Mississauga
ii) Deanne McKay, Resident, City of Mississauga
Deanne McKay advised that she has been a resident of Mississauga for the past two years. She stated that she grew up in Kitchener, and suggested that she was able to develop a very strong connection to Kitchener and other parts of the Region of Waterloo because of the excellent transit system in place there. There were two bus stops near her house, and she did everything by public transit.
She suggested that Mississauga is a very auto-dependent city. Suggestions she brought forward throughout her presentation to outline proposed improvements to the transit systems in the Region of Peel were based on the Region of Waterloo transit model.
Deanne McKay stated that in regard to the Transportation Master Plan, the proposed ROPA 16 should include bicycle paths, and should include the widening of roads only when it is supported by the public. The Region needs to leave room for solutions to future problems, and more buses are required in the transit systems.
b) Written Submissions
i) Colin Chung, Associate, Glen Schnarr and Associates Inc., Letter dated May 26, 2005, Representing the Bram West Landowners Group
ii) Don Bell, Resident, City of Mississauga, Letter dated June 9, 2005
iii) Geoff Woods, Development Review Coordinator, Canadian National, Letter dated June 15, 2005
7. CONCLUSION AND CLOSING OF PUBLIC MEETING
Regional Chair Kolb officially closed the meeting at 10:26 a.m.