Clarkson Transit Station Area Study

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Government of Ontario and their partners at Metrolinx are investing in convenient, integrated transit across the province. This includes electrification of our GO train lines. In Mississauga, the Lakeshore West GO line will undergo changes to allow for electrification and 15 min, all day two-way service.

To prepare for these changes, the City of Mississauga is developing a plan for the area surrounding the Clarkson GO station. The Clarkson Transit Station Area Study will provide a planning framework to guide future development, ensuring it supports transit and contributes to the walkability of the area. In addition, the study seeks to:

  • Gather feedback from stakeholders and the local community
  • Complete a transportation assessment
  • Explore the possibility of employment land conversions
  • Develop a land use plan and policies

The City of Mississauga is leading the Clarkson Transit Station Area Study in partnership with the Region of Peel. A consultant team led by The Planning Partnership, and supported by LEA Consulting and Cushman & Wakefield ULC, is providing specialized expertise in land use planning, policy development, urban design, transportation and economic viability.


HAVE YOUR SAY

We want to hear from you! Each phase of the engagement process will have a variety of ways to participate. Check back often to learn about the ways you can get involved online and in-person.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Government of Ontario and their partners at Metrolinx are investing in convenient, integrated transit across the province. This includes electrification of our GO train lines. In Mississauga, the Lakeshore West GO line will undergo changes to allow for electrification and 15 min, all day two-way service.

To prepare for these changes, the City of Mississauga is developing a plan for the area surrounding the Clarkson GO station. The Clarkson Transit Station Area Study will provide a planning framework to guide future development, ensuring it supports transit and contributes to the walkability of the area. In addition, the study seeks to:

  • Gather feedback from stakeholders and the local community
  • Complete a transportation assessment
  • Explore the possibility of employment land conversions
  • Develop a land use plan and policies

The City of Mississauga is leading the Clarkson Transit Station Area Study in partnership with the Region of Peel. A consultant team led by The Planning Partnership, and supported by LEA Consulting and Cushman & Wakefield ULC, is providing specialized expertise in land use planning, policy development, urban design, transportation and economic viability.


HAVE YOUR SAY

We want to hear from you! Each phase of the engagement process will have a variety of ways to participate. Check back often to learn about the ways you can get involved online and in-person.

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  • When are you going to replace the Steele foot bridge from the south parking lot to the bus depot and ticket sales booth? This bridge has been closed for at least 6 months!! MAJOR inconvenience to all who use the south lot.

    Arthur asked about 2 months ago

    The pedestrian bridge was closed due to structural safety concerns. The contract for the replacement of the bridge was recently awarded. Metrolinx will be meeting with the contractor shortly and will have a better idea of when the bridge will re-open soon and they understand the inconveniences this is causing customers. We will post a follow up response when we have more details. 

  • Hi: I attended today's meeting and was concerned about what was not mentioned. This week we learned climate change is roaring ahead. Nowhere was that mentioned in the presentation and how it should affect any development thinking. With the expected changes to both temperatures and precipitation how does this new development address the need for climate change adaptation and resilience? Canada currently has about 2X the biocapacity as its carbon footprint as a whole. That is a huge loss since the 60's. How do we now plan development to increase resilience and not destroy what biocapacity is left? Within a decade conditions are going to be such that resilience and climate adaptation will be the driving issues for any development. I heard nothing in today's presentation that included such language or thinking. Seems to me there needs to be a rather radical rethink at the very foundation of the project. How do you intend to deal with the real conditions facing us now and escalating into the immediate future?

    c.bradbee asked about 2 months ago

    The City of Mississauga understands the need for resiliency in community planning due to weather extremes. We understand the that transportation and buildings account for more than 50% of green house gas emissions which is directly related to how we design and operate within our communities.

    A well-rounded approach incorporates climate change mitigation strategies that are focused on reducing GHG emissions by promoting multi-modal transportation systems, a supportive, mixed use and compact urban structure, and ensuring the preservation of green spaces and tree canopy.

    MTSA’s create the opportunity to reduce GHG emissions by reducing dependence on the private automobile, and creating compact, mixed use, higher density residential areas that place residents within easy walking distance of accessible transit and services.

  • Do you plan to hold more of these? It's tough for people to get to these sessions and hold 3 community meetings for a change of this scale isn't what I would consider really being inclusive. There should be greater attempts to enable the highest amout of residents to take part. Sometimes that means offering more than 1 meeting of community meeting 1, 2 and 3.

    tanya02caruana asked about 1 month ago

    Currently 3 community meetings are planned through the course of the study. Any questions, comments and/or requests for additional information about the study, can be communicated to us at any point during the study through various tools provided on the project website

    For those unable to attend meetings, online tools will be available so that everyone has a chance to submit feedback. All community meeting presentation materials are also posted for reference on the project website. 


  • Will consideration be given to deviate the already frequent truck traffic that passes through this area north/south on Southdown Road and east/west on Lakeshore Road/Royal Windsor Drive? In general, how would the proposed idea for a more pedestrian-friendly, walkable area around the Clarkson GO Station deal with the high number of vehicles using these major arterials, which will increase with development?

    jjemmerson asked about 2 months ago

    The study will provide a planning framework to guide future development, ensuring it supports transit and contributes to the walkability of the area towards creating a ‘complete community’.

    Understanding travel behaviour and truck movements with respect to existing land use and traffic capacity is an integral component and is being considered in detail  as we formulate planning proposals for the study area, which is currently underway as a part of Phase 2 of the project.

  • are there any plans to address the parking capacity at site? it is almost at capacity as of 9:00 AM on weekdays. if parking is not addressed, the 15 minutes services will have little effect in my opinion

    SMalek asked about 2 months ago

    Parking capacity is expected to be maintained in the near future. Parking is a matter controlled by the transit provider and beyond the scope of this project. The intent of this project is to guide future development to be more transit supportive, ultimately reducing the need for parking and automobile dependency by having more people, living, working and playing at or within a reasonable walking distance of the station and improving the connectivity of the station area by alternative modes of transportation such as cycling, walking, transit, ride share, and the like.  

  • Safety is paramount. 1, The completion of the parking garage encouraged patrons from farther away to use Clarkson Station. It is hard not to be trample when leaving westbound trains at the station, as drivers using the parking garage RUN along the platform to get to the stairs leading to the garage. 2. The announcement system at Clarkson has not worked well since I started using the GO trains here in 1994. Ambient noise in the area deadens the sound. Approaching trains do not always sound their whistles. 3. The bridge between the south-eastern ticket area and the entrance with an elevator is out of service, with not information about when a replacement will be in place. 4. Will Union Station EVER be complete? 5. My PRESTO payments are the most costly item in my monthly budget. Is it unreasonable for me to expect that there will be a seat on ANY train to and from Clarkson Station during rush hour?

    gmothers asked about 2 months ago

    We hear your concerns. Unfortunately, they are not within the scope of this project nor within the control of the City. These questions and comments are best directed to the service provider GO Transit. We can advise that service frequency is expected to be increased in the future, especially once the switch has been made to electric trains by 2025 which will improve service capacity.


  • The hydro-pass walkway will be an excellent addition to the neighbourhood - is a designated and lighted crosswalk planned for Clarkson Road North?

    Pat asked about 2 months ago

    The crossing at Clarkson Road North will be uncontrolled (ie. No markings or special signage). There are no plans for lighting at this time. 

  • Not everyone can attend the meeting on December 5th. Can you post the presentation and meeting minutes online? Ideally post the presentations prior to the meeting. Thank you

    Bagheera asked about 2 months ago

    We value transparency in our community engagement processes. All meeting materials, including a summary of the feedback collected will be posted online. The meeting presentation will be posted the day after Community Meeting #1, on Thursday, December 6. The feedback summary will be posted at a later date, once the feedback has been transcribed and analysed.

  • Clarkson Road North will see a significant increase in volume with the additional traffic from condos on Clarkson Road North and on the Lakeshore. Speed is also an issue on Clarkson Road North. Are any stop-signs planned along Clarkson Road North to slow speed and provide pedestrian safety?

    Pat asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question!

    Traffic related questions with regards to specific development applications are outside the scope of this study and we suggest following up with the area development planner to answer such questions.  


  • The property at Clarkson Road North and the railway tracks remains abandoned. What is being done to rectify that?

    Pat asked about 2 months ago

    This project is not dealing with any site specific development applications. We suggest you follow up with the area development planner for an update. 

  • Two questions: (1) What is an "employment land conversion"? (2) Will high rise development be kept west of the rail spur which crosses the lakeshore in Clarkson?

    JHM asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your questions!

    (1) Employment designated lands - or lands where industry and businesses are allowed to locate - are limited to certain areas within the city designated as “employment lands”. Since these lands are vitally important to the economic success of a municipality/region/nation they are strictly protected by municipal, regional and provincial land use policies. An employment land conversion is a vigorous planning process whereby a study examines the appropriateness and need to allow residential and other non-employment types of uses on lands currently designated for employment purposes only.

    (2) The project will consider where it is appropriate to allow higher density development.

  • Hi, Can you please conserve more land for park expansion? Specifically the land around meadowood park. It has spectacular mature old growth forests and sandy beaches that are priceless and need to be conserved for future generations. With more people we need more conservation areas! Tom

    Tomasz asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Meadowwood park is not within the Clarkson MTSA study Area and therefore the suggested park expansion is outside the scope of this project. Please see the attached map outlining the full extent of Meadowwood Park which includes some of the natural areas (outlined in green) that you made reference to. The City is always looking for opportunities to acquire and expand parkland and there may be future opportunities through the redevelopment of the adjacent lands.


  • What is the proposal?

    Karolina asked about 2 months ago

    Great question! There is no specific development proposal at this time. 

    The purpose of this study is to set a planning framework to guide development around the Clarkson GO transit station area in the future.

  • Are developers coming soon?

    Rwonderfullife0 asked 2 months ago

    While there is some interest by local land owners to redevelop lands in the area, this is the start of a multi-year process before we see shovels in the ground.


  • With the addition of 15 min, all day two-way service, what is the plan to combat the influx of parking at Clarkson Station? There is already a shortage of parking here and the influx of service will only make this worse.

    MeganW asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question! It is expected that the parking supply will remain the same in the short term. The intent is to put more people living and working closer to transit so they don’t have to drive their cars to the station. The study will focus on improving the walkability of the area and improving station access by non-auto modes of travel.