City to hold public meetings on ways to increase housing choices in neighbourhoods

Learn about plans for fourplexes, semi-detached homes and smaller lots

Mississauga needs more housing options for families, older adults, students and others who want to live in low-rise neighbourhoods. Increasing the supply and variety of homes across Mississauga through gentle density is a primary action in the City’s Housing Action Plan.

The City is holding two upcoming meetings on ways to increase housing choices in Mississauga neighbourhoods through gentle density. These meetings will provide more information about the City’s plans to remove barriers to help increase the number and variety of homes in existing single-detached neighbourhoods.

Meeting Details

Statutory Public Meeting: Four Units

The City is holding a statutory public meeting at Planning and Development Committee to present draft regulations to allow residents to build up to four residential units on low-rise residential lots.

When:  Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Where:  Council Chambers, City Hall

Participate:  Watch the live stream on the City’s website (without registering) or join in person at City Hall. Instructions on how to register for the meeting will be included in the meeting agenda.

Housing Information Session: Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods

Join City staff and housing industry experts for a panel discussion and Q&A session. Learn more about the:

  • Current state of housing in Canadian communities
  • Role of gentle density in reviving neighbourhoods
  • Work underway to bring more housing options to Mississauga neighbourhoods

City staff will also take your feedback on a new project to expand housing options in low-rise neighbourhoods by removing barriers for semi-detached homes and houses on smaller lots.

CANCELLED (TO BE RESCHEDULED EARLY 2024)

Where:  Virtual meeting

Panelists:

  • Karen Chapple, Director, School of Cities, University of Toronto
  • Chris White, Principal, Parcel Economics
  • Matthew Rabba, Principal, Matthew Vincent Building Group

Participate: Learn more and register online to join the WebEx virtual meeting

Background

Mississauga City Council has long supported exploring policies to introduce gentle density and build more housing.

  • The City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods (IHCN) work, which began in 2021, established new zoning and Official Plan regulations for additional residential units such as garden suites, garage conversions and laneway suites and allows up to three residential units on a lot.
  • IHCN stemmed from Mississauga’s 2017 Making Room for the Middle affordable housing strategy. At the time, the City was one of the first municipalities in Canada to develop a housing strategy focused on middle-income earners.

Read Growing Mississauga: An Action Plan for New Housing to learn more about the City’s efforts to help get more homes built, streamline building approvals and make homes more affordable.

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