Plan breathes life into underused gem in heart of Mississauga to be used by students, community for generations to come
At its Regular Meeting of the Board on Dec. 12, 2016, Peel District School Board trustees unanimously approved the Britannia Farm Master Plan Refresh. The plan recommends student-focused environmental and agricultural programs, the establishment of landscape zones, a development parcel (32 acres) and phased public access in partnership with the City of Mississauga.
Over the last six months, the Peel board held public meetings to refresh its master plan for the Britannia Farm. During those meetings, in June, September and early December, residents, staff and community members discussed possible uses of the 200 acres of green space. "As a board, we're truly grateful for the ideas, questions, concerns and visions shared with us as we plan to transform the Britannia Farm into a vital resource for schools, students and the community," notes Janet McDougald, chair of the board. "In partnerships with the City of Mississauga, and with City Councillors Carolyn Parrish and George Carlson, we are confident that our plan will further student success while providing the community with a vibrant, exciting outdoor escape in the heart of Mississauga."
Urban Strategies Inc., an independent consulting firm that led the six-month community consultation into the board's Britannia Farm Master Plan Refresh, will present the master plan to the City of Mississauga Council on Dec. 14, 2016. Currently, Peel board staff are in discussions with staff at the City of Mississauga to initiate the process of amending the City's Official Plan for the development of the 32-acre parcel to generate revenue for the support of the Britannia Farm and the board's field centres. The plan outlines that these 32 acres of the Britannia Farm would be designated for a mixed-use residential community.
Notes McDougald, "Planning the future of this land is not a small task, nor is it a responsibility that we have taken lightly. We owe it to our students, community and future generations to make the best possible use of this beautiful land, and we're committed to seeing this master plan through to completion."
The Britannia Farm is a 200-acre green space, bordered by Hurontario St., Bristol Rd., McLaughlin Rd. and Matheson Blvd., and owned in trust by the Peel District School Board for educational use.
View theBritannia Farm Master Plan here, for background information visit www.peelschools.org/BritanniaFarm.
Media contact: Janet McDougald, Chair of the Board, 905-278-1402, firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: Board Report – Dec. 12, 2016 (Section 9.3), Britannia Farm Master Plan Refresh