Special Policy Areas Review

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The City has begun a review of the Special Policy Areas (SPAs) along the Dundas corridor. An SPA is an area within a community that has historically existed in the flood plain. SPAs are regulated by the Province of Ontario.

The areas of flood risk along Dundas Street East include:

  • The area around the intersection of Dixie Road and Dundas Street East, known as the “Applewood SPA” (west of Dixie Road), and the “Dixie-Dundas SPA” (east of Dixie Road)
  • The area further west along Dundas Street East at Etobicoke Creek, the border with Toronto, known as the “Etobicoke Creek SPA”

An SPA is not meant to allow for new or intensified development and site alteration, if a community has other possible locations for development outside the flood plain.

For currently in-effect SPA policies, please refer to:

What the review is for

The review is based on updated floodplain modelling. It will examine the boundaries of the floodplain and the flood risks to existing and future residents, property, and infrastructure.

The City is working closely with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on this review. Any changes to the SPA boundaries, official plan policies, or land use designations must be approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The results will rely heavily on the long-term flood mitigation work currently being undertaken by the engineers in our Transportation & Works Division.

The Dixie-Dundas Flood Mitigation Environmental Assessment (EA) will be commencing this summer. This is a public process with chances for public input.

Status of the review

The review is at a preliminary stage (Phase 1). We are using early engineering models used to determine possible flood mitigation measures. More analysis is needed to determine the best engineering solution, and inform future policies and zoning for these areas.

The review includes three phases:

  • Phase 1: Baseline Conditions – To review existing SPA boundaries, land use policies, properties and infrastructure
  • Phase 2a: Planning Justification Report – To assess feasible alternatives, consider policy changes, or updates to the SPA boundaries
  • Phase 2b: Full Flood Risk Assessment - To review flood risk scenarios
  • Phase 3: Implementation – Includes amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law

Contact

For more information about the Little Etobicoke Creek SPA, please contact Brandon Williams, brandon.williams@mississauga.ca.

For more information about the Dixie-Dundas Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study and EA, please contact Greg Frew, greg.frew@mississauga.ca or Anthony DiGiandomenico, anthony.digiandomenico@mississauga.ca.

To learn more about the work the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is doing, please contact Adam Miller, adam.miller@trca.ca.

The City has begun a review of the Special Policy Areas (SPAs) along the Dundas corridor. An SPA is an area within a community that has historically existed in the flood plain. SPAs are regulated by the Province of Ontario.

The areas of flood risk along Dundas Street East include:

  • The area around the intersection of Dixie Road and Dundas Street East, known as the “Applewood SPA” (west of Dixie Road), and the “Dixie-Dundas SPA” (east of Dixie Road)
  • The area further west along Dundas Street East at Etobicoke Creek, the border with Toronto, known as the “Etobicoke Creek SPA”

An SPA is not meant to allow for new or intensified development and site alteration, if a community has other possible locations for development outside the flood plain.

For currently in-effect SPA policies, please refer to:

What the review is for

The review is based on updated floodplain modelling. It will examine the boundaries of the floodplain and the flood risks to existing and future residents, property, and infrastructure.

The City is working closely with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on this review. Any changes to the SPA boundaries, official plan policies, or land use designations must be approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The results will rely heavily on the long-term flood mitigation work currently being undertaken by the engineers in our Transportation & Works Division.

The Dixie-Dundas Flood Mitigation Environmental Assessment (EA) will be commencing this summer. This is a public process with chances for public input.

Status of the review

The review is at a preliminary stage (Phase 1). We are using early engineering models used to determine possible flood mitigation measures. More analysis is needed to determine the best engineering solution, and inform future policies and zoning for these areas.

The review includes three phases:

  • Phase 1: Baseline Conditions – To review existing SPA boundaries, land use policies, properties and infrastructure
  • Phase 2a: Planning Justification Report – To assess feasible alternatives, consider policy changes, or updates to the SPA boundaries
  • Phase 2b: Full Flood Risk Assessment - To review flood risk scenarios
  • Phase 3: Implementation – Includes amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law

Contact

For more information about the Little Etobicoke Creek SPA, please contact Brandon Williams, brandon.williams@mississauga.ca.

For more information about the Dixie-Dundas Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study and EA, please contact Greg Frew, greg.frew@mississauga.ca or Anthony DiGiandomenico, anthony.digiandomenico@mississauga.ca.

To learn more about the work the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is doing, please contact Adam Miller, adam.miller@trca.ca.