Urban Strategies recently led two community visioning processes in the rapidly changing city of Mississauga, MyMalton and Vision Cooksville.
The MyMalton visioning project aimed to capture residents’ and stakeholders’ needs and priorities for the community. The goal was to develop a Vision that is not only transformative and supported by all involved, but also implementable and grounded in the local context. The final report informs future development and investment in the area. To achieve this objective, our team provided expertise in urban design, land use planning, mixed use development, policy, public consultation and sustainability.
The MyMalton community visioning process was structured around three key public meetings that integrated a number of engagement techniques, including community mapping, small group breakout sessions, and prioritization exercises. MyMalton also engaged the City, area stakeholders and residents through a variety of activities, including walking tours, online social media engagement, community surveys on public transit, and focused youth engagement in local schools. Local rapper Junia-T performed a song about growing up in Malton at one of the Community Visioning Sessions.
Vision Cooksville is a City of Mississauga-led initiative to develop a long-range vision to shape the future growth and revitalization of this community over the next 20 to 30 years. The future of Downtown Cooksville is “transformation”. With intensification, transit infrastructure investment and redevelopment, this area is targeted for significant change and revitalization. Major initiatives are underway by the City and its provincial partners, including the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HLRT), a Master Plan of the Dundas corridor and redevelopment of the Cooksville GO Station lands.
Through a five-month consultation process led by Urban Strategies, hundreds of community members participated and told us what they like about Cooksville today and what their vision is for the future. This has culminated into a comprehensive report and Community Vision, six Guiding Principles and nineteen Community Recommendations. Moving forward this report will promote further conversation about the potential for future actions and change. It will act as a lens for all change as a new Downtown Cooksville community is built.
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