Dundas Connects

Location
Mississauga, Ontario

Client
City of Mississauga

Date
2016 to ongoing

Overview

Over the next 40 years, the number of people who live, work, learn and travel along the Dundas Street corridor will increase. SvN is part of a project consultant team to develop a long-term, future-oriented Master Plan for the corridor. The plan will shape the future look and feel of Dundas, focusing on transit, land-use, and public space. Dundas exemplifies Mississauga’s diversity, full of stores, businesses, parks, schools, churches, and beautiful neighbourhoods. Dundas is a key part of Mississauga’s transportation network, with thousands of people using it every day to move around. The Dundas Corridor is 4 km wide and 17 km long, spanning Oakville in the west to Toronto in the east.

This Plan will include:
• A land use and urban design vision, including updated policies to help achieve the vision;
• A decision on the type of transit that can be implemented on Dundas;
• Advice on how to manage the impacts of flooding;
• Advice on how to strengthen connections; and
• Advice on streetscape design (e.g. trees, medians, lighting, street furniture).

Public consultation was a key component of Dundas Connects, considering the full range of needs and perspectives that exist along the corridor. It took place in three stages, with each stage supported by a wide-range of activities and tools to maximize accessibility and inclusivity. In addition to the Dundas Connects online engagement platform, there was on-the-ground outreach, public meetings, meetings with large landowners and developers, and issue-specific focus groups. The stakeholder and public consultation program fulfils, and exceeds the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA). When complete, the study will have completed Parts 1 and 2 of the Class EA process.

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Expertise

We apply our thorough understanding of the provincial and municipal regulatory context to develop studies and public policy instruments for local, provincial and federal governments and First Nations. These include: zoning by-laws, official plans, municipal development plans, local official plans, secondary plans, neighbourhood plans, and urban design guidelines.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.
Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.