MISSISSAUGA – On May 30, The City’s Planning and Development Committee got its first look at a master plan for redeveloping Port Credit’s marina into a “live, work, play” waterfront community that could host roughly 2,000 residents and 800 workers.
Presented to the committee by Edward R. Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and building, the current master plan for the current marina site — just southeast of where Stavebank Road meets Lakeshore Road East — has yet to be approved, but presents an ambitious plan for the valuable lakeside land. Proposed improvements include:
- An expansion of Stavebank Road to the end of the existing pier that currently houses Port Credit Harbour Marina and JJ Plaus Park.
- Creation of a pedestrian realm network, including a north-south right of way (which could potentially become a public piazza) and a cyclist-friendly, 49’-wide promenade along the shoreline.
- Construction of new commercial and residential buildings along Port Street East, with a maximum height of six storeys closer to the pier.
- Construction of a “landmark or iconic building,” to a maximum height of 22 storeys, at the tip of the pier.
The current plan also permits space for a full-service marina to continue operating on the site.
“Taken together, these components create a master plan that will transform the site into an exceptional, high-quality waterfront community for future generations,” noted Sajecki’s submission.
“It opens the site for the first time in many years to the public, and allows all residents and visitors to enjoy the water any day of the year.”
Along with the redevelopment of Imperial Lands at 70 Mississauga Road South, the marina redevelopment (dubbed “1 Port Street East”) is a key centerpiece of Inspiration Port Credit, a city-backed initiative to bring more mixed-use and public spaces to the Port Credit waterfront.
Now that the report has been presented to the Planning and Development Committee, the next step – scheduled for later this spring – is to tentatively circulate a Draft Official Plan Amendment, containing revisions based largely on comments received from Mississauga residents.
Mississauga isn’t the first GTA municipality to open up key waterfront sections for mixed-use development. Last year, the City of Toronto unveiled a newly-revitalized Queen’s Quay, which integrated pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly thoroughfares into the condo-heavy downtown corridor.