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SPRING SAFETY MESSAGE: BE CAREFUL AROUND WATERWAYS

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers on and near local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, particularly around this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution, and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways as warmer spring weather approaches.

In spring we look forward to warmer weather and being outdoors. Warmer weather, however, usually brings rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. Slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.

The Credit River Watershed has received a significant amount of snow this winter. A few recent thaws have helped decrease the existing snowpack. Melting snow due to warmer temperatures combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground conditions could contribute to higher water levels and increased water speeds in local watercourses.

There is still significant ice cover throughout the watershed. Several ice jams remain grounded along the Credit River at Barber (Paper) Mill Dam in Halton Hills, the Ferndale Park in Caledon and at Meadowvale Park in Mississauga. 

Remaining ice jams and ice cover on watercourses will weaken and become unstable with warmer temperatures. CVC continues to work with municipal emergency services to keep them constantly informed about current and changing conditions within local watercourses.

CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways and off frozen water bodies, which are extremely unsafe.

For more information, contact CVC at (905) 670-1615.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT

Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s forecast calls for continued warm daytime temperatures across Southern Ontario.  Temperatures will peak at the mid to high single digits.  The current forecasted rainfall amount ranges from 10-20 mm over the weekend with an additional 5-10 mm of rain possible from convective precipitation (thunderstorm) overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.  On Sunday sustained winds up to 65 km/h from the west-southwest are forecasted with gusts exceeding 100km/h. 

Several ice jams remained grounded along the Credit River at the Ferndale Park, Barber (Paper) Mill Dam and Meadowvale Park.  Approximately 1.5 km of ice is backed up at the Barber Mill Dam in Glen Williams.  New river ice has formed at some locations since the previous ice break up event.  

The forecasted maximum 30mm of rain along with melting of the existing snow pack would be sufficient to break up the newly formed river ice, mobilize the grounded ice jams and potentially overtop the Barber Mill Dam sending ice downstream.  

Furthermore, the ice will lose its strength as the temperatures increase.  Under the proper loading and temperature conditions, it is possible for the existing grounded ice jam to shift or collapse under its own weight.  Once any type of movement initiates, the grounded ice jam may no longer be stable.  This is especially true if the movement occurs near the front (downstream or toe end) of the jam where a few critical pieces of ice could be holding back the entire ice jam.  

All watercourses in our area will experience higher than normal water levels.  An ice jam breaking lose will create extremely hazardous conditions.  As a result, local streams and rivers will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams.  Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.  Furthermore, residents should heed to the warnings of first responders. 

High winds on Sunday could create hazardous conditions along the shoreline.  The forecasted west to southwest winds may result in higher lake levels, erosion of shorelines and trails along the shoreline could be impacted.  

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed.  The Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through Tue-Feb-26-2019 or until further notice. 

For more information on this Flood Outlook Statement, contact the CVC during office hours at 905-670-1615.  To report a flood afterhours, please call 1-800-215-8505.  Media inquiries should be directed to Maureen Pogue, 905-670-1615, ext. 242 or 647-271-5643. 

Call 911 if you require assistance from Emergency Services. 

Planning and Development Committee Meetings Move to Afternoons

EVENING SESSIONS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

EVENING SESSIONS WILL ONLY BE SCHEDULED IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES; MEETINGS FULFILL REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION UNDER THE PLANNING ACT

Effective March 2019, the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) meetings will move to a 1:30 p.m. start time.

If there are a high number of agenda items or a need for an evening meeting due to a specific application, an additional 6:30 p.m. session will be added. However, this will only be in special circumstances.  

Participation by residents, Resident and Ratepayers Associations and their members is an important part of the planning and development process. As such, there are many ways for residents to provide feedback and stay informed: 

·        Submit your comments in writing

Written comments are considered with the same weight as verbal submissions at PDC. Comments can be provided either via email to application.info@mississauga.ca or letter sent to:

Mississauga City Council

Attention: Development Assistant

c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor

300 City Centre Dr.

Mississauga, ON

L5B 3C1

·        Attend the Planning and Development Committee meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend and speak to matters on the agenda. PDC meetings are held in: 

Council Chamber

Mississauga Civic Centre

300 City Centre Dr.

Mississauga, ON

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·        Watch the live stream or videos on demand

PDC meetings are live streamed and available on demand via our website

·        Request notification of future meetings

By email: application.info@mississauga.ca

By letter:

Mississauga City Council

Attention: Development Assistant

c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor

300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
L5B 3C1

·        Sign up for email updates

Register online for alerts and notifications about upcoming meetings, agendas and media advisories. 

·        Follow the City on social media

Facebook and Twitter updates can help to keep you informed.

·        Follow your local Councillor online

Many Councillors create a monthly eNewsletter which can also keep you informed.

About Planning and Development Committee (PDC)

The City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) includes all members of Council. The committee’s main responsibility is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on planning-related policies and development applications. This forum for public participation serves to fulfill the requirements of The Planning Act

The committee also considers planning-related policies and conditions under which site specific development can occur. Recommendations made by the PDC are forwarded to Council for adoption. The committee generally meets every three weeks.

For more information on committee meetings, visit the City’s Clerks page or the Council and Committees calendar on the City’s website. 

Continue the Conversation to Help Shape Meadowvale 

Meadowvale is growing and the City of Mississauga is being proactive in shaping how that growth happens. Last year we invited the Meadowvale community to share ideas, opinions and local knowledge to help guide the neighbourhood’s future growth.

Based on your input, we’re now ready to share draft recommendations to guide growth. You’ll also see examples of how these tools may be applied to future redevelopment opportunities.

What: 
Help Shape Meadowvale Community Meeting

When: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6 to 8:30 p.m. (Presentation at 6:15 p.m. followed by discussion)

Where: 
West Credit Secondary School, Cafeteria
6325 Montevideo Rd.
Mississauga
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Find details about the Meadowvale Neighbourhood Character Study: Townhouse, Apartment & Retail Areas at yoursay.mississauga.ca/meadowvale.