Report on Short-Term Accommodations (Airbnb etc) in Mississauga Identifies Regulatory Options

Yesterday, Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee received a report (starting on page 65 in the linked PDC Agenda [15mb PDF]) from staff on short-term accommodations in the city.

“We understand the concerns about short-term accommodations in Mississauga. City staff is carefully reviewing the regulatory options available to address them,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “Staff respond to any nuisance complaints, regardless of whether or not they are the result of short-term accommodation use.”

Council directed City staff to examine short-term accommodations in Mississauga, consult with stakeholders and create new by-laws as appropriate. The staff report, Short-Term Accommodation Overview of Current Status and Regulatory Options, provides statistics, benchmarking information with other municipalities, regulatory options and enforcement challenges. The City’s Zoning By-law currently does not prohibit short-term accommodations.

The report identifies options to amend the existing Zoning By-law, including:

  • Defining short-term accommodations
  • Allowing short-term accommodations in some areas
  • Allowing short-term accommodations only in detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, subject to conditions
  • Creating a municipal registry or licensing regime once the use is permitted in the Zoning By-law

The City has existing by-laws to address concerns that may be related to short-term accommodations. These include concerns about property standards, noise, garbage and parking. Under these by-laws, City staff respond to any nuisance complaints in the community as they arise.

As next steps, staff will circulate the report to stakeholders for input and comment. This will be followed by a staff report on the feedback received at a formal public meeting. Staff will then report to Council with final recommendations on short-term accommodations in Mississauga.

Mississauga’s Budget Committee Approves 2017 Business Plan and Budget 

Today, Mississauga’s Budget Committee approved the 2017 Business Plan and Budget. The impact of the budget is a $94 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $564,000.

“Mississauga’s 2017 Budget is a strong financial plan that invests in our city’s future while delivering the services residents rely on every day,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard from residents about their spending priorities that include transit and traffic management. We have taken action by putting forward a solid budget to expand transit and improve traffic management, enhance and grow our infrastructure, invest in technology and support our arts and culture.”

In 2017, Mississauga residents will see 56,000 more transit service hours, completion of the Mississauga Transitway with four more stations opening in 2017, along with road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. This is in addition to the services residents expect including fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, recreation programs and parks and forestry.

“Our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement helps us build on our progress and advance our priorities,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “We have realized $4.1 million in cost savings, which is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.9 per cent. We are investing our limited resources wisely on improvements for transit, infrastructure and technology.” Continue reading Mississauga’s Budget Committee Approves 2017 Business Plan and Budget 

City Prepared to Clear the Way this Winter

The City of Mississauga is ready for winter. Our winter crew is ready with 377 pieces of equipment to clear 5,600 lane km of roads; 1,400 lane km of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings.

“We follow a priority route system to ensure public safety. Major roads are cleared first to allow emergency vehicles and public transit to pass. This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops,” said Mickey Frost, Director of Works Operations & Maintenance. “Residents can receive the latest snow information and updates by following @MississaugaSnow, downloading the Mississauga Roads App or visiting our snow plow tracker webpage to track the routes for snow plows and salters.”

What we clear when:

• Roads are salted if snowfall is less than eight cm (three inches) or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than eight cm (three inches).
• Major roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles to travel. This is followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).
• Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24-36 hours after the end of snowfall.
• For a summary of the City’s levels of service check out our new infographic.

Snow Season Parking:

A winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga from November 1 till March 31 between 2 to 6 a.m. Vehicles left on City streets will be enforced in accordance with the Traffic By-law. During snow removal, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.

For Updates and Information:

• Download the Mississauga Roads App or visit our snow plow tracker webpage.
• Follow us on Twitter @MississaugaSnow.
• Visit mississauga.ca/snow.
• Call 3-1-1 or (905-615-4311 outside city limits) or 905-615-SNOW (7669).