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  • PLANNING FOR CHILDCARE IN THE GATEWAY DISTRICT NODE: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA

    10.0 REGION OF PEEL PLANNING POLICIES The Region of Peel Official Plan, (ROP) as approved by the Province, provides Regional Council with a framework for decision making and sets the regional context for more detailed planning and implementation by the member municipalities, such as the City of Mississauga. The City of Mississauga’s Official Plan (Mississauga Plan) must conform to the Region of Peel Official Plan policies, and both Official Plans must conform to Provincial Planning policies. 10.1 REGION OF PEEL CHILD CARE POLICIES In consideration of the purpose of this report it is important to consider the ROP in terms of the Regional mandate to provide for social services with assisted child care being one element. Child care services in the Region of Peel include both licensed and unlicensed private operators and non-profit operators. There are subsidy agreements in place parents can obtain public assistance according to the Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP). The purpose of CDRCP is to assist parents in locating child care facilities. In preparation of this section of the report discussions were held with Senior Regional Staff representing Child Care Services. Regional Child Care Services Staff acknowledge the need and desirability of licensed work-place oriented daycare as a means to assist working family structures and employers achieve objectives. Adequate licensed daycare helps improve work force participation, minimizes work-life conflicts and reduces absenteeism. Regional Staff recommended that the combination of a Day Care facility, with a nearby associated Walk-in Clinic would also serve Employment communities as well. There is a serious lack of Child Care Centres, such as Day Care facilities in the Region of Peel today. We are advised by Regional Staff that in the Region today: The following statistics as provided by Regional Staff summarize the serious lack of Day Care facilities/services in the Region of Peel today:

    • There are 180,000 children aged 0-10;

    • There are 100,000 children aged 0-5, representing about 56% of the total;

    • There are approximately 22,000 licensed Day Care spaces;

    • There are 4,500 Peel subsidized Day Care spaces geared to income, with 2,300 waiting for subsidized spaces;

    • About 70% of families have working mothers in the Region;

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    • There are approximately 21,200 children enrolled in private or semi-private licensed Day Care facilities;

    • The Region of Peel has in place about 350 Subsidy Agreements with private

    Day Care facilities which represents about 10% of the total 3,500 private facilities;

    • At this time the Region of Peel has 12 operational Day Care facilities

    serving the families of 800 children;

    • It is a Regional corporate objective to accelerate their Day Care subsidy program which is undeveloped in the Region particularly given the high demand for Day Care facilities;

    It is a goal of the Region to have an adequate, efficient, planned and cost effective system of Regional Services, which ensures that services, service levels and service delivery are consistent with public needs and financial realities. The Region’s objectives apply where human services are provided to enable Peel residents to enjoy safe and healthy lives in safe and healthy communities. The provisions of such services foster the creation of community identity and community self-reliance as per the ROP. In terms of the ROP please consider the following polices; 6.1.2 Goal To have adequate, efficient, planned and cost effective system of Regional Services which ensures that services, service levels and service delivery are consistent with public needs and financial realities. 6.2.1 Objectives

    6.2.1.1. To provide human services in an adequate, efficient, planned and cost effective manner consistent with public needs and financial realities.

    6.2.1.2 To deliver human services in a manner that enables Peel residents to

    enjoy safe and healthy lives in safe and healthy communities.

    6.2.1.3. To foster the creation of community identity and community self-reliance. 6.2.2 Policies, It is the policy of Regional Council to:

    6.2.2.1 Provide regional human services in a manner sufficient to support the present and future population living and working in Peel, in keeping with the Region’s financial objectives.

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    6.2.2.2. Ensure that adequate accessible Regional human service facilities and programs are available which are consistent with the needs of a changing population structure.

    6.2.2.3. Plan for coordinated access to assisted housing, health services and

    social services. The regional scale of the Lester B. Pearson International Airport Operating Area (AOA) is substantial in urban land area, where the vast majority of the AOA lands are designated for Employment purposes. As a result, given the serous lack of Day Care facilities and Regional objectives for Children’s Services and work-place daycare, all opportunities for the location of quality and safe Day Care spaces should be examined to help facilitate work-place oriented Day Care service opportunities in the employment areas to off-set the scale of the AOA. Day Care facilities located below the 35 NEF/NEP Composite Noise Contour, as in the Gateway District Node, is a preferred location since the inclusion of this use helps support the planned major employment function of the Gateway District Node as part of the Hurontario Corridor. The value and need for well located and accessible work-place daycare in major employment areas is valuable to the Region of Peel in fulfilling its goals and objectives concerning regional human services. 10.2 URBAN SYSTEM: NODE POLICIES

    In consideration of the purpose of this report it is important to consider the ROP in terms of the Urban System, where the Official Plan refers to a variety of communities that contain diverse, living, working and cultural opportunities. It is proposed that urban development and redevelopment be directed to the Urban System within the 2021 Regional Urban Boundary, consistent with the policies of the Regional Official Plan and the area municipal official plans, such as the City of Mississauga. There are two Regional Urban Nodes identified, as shown of the Region’s Schedule D; being Mississauga City Centre and Downtown Brampton. Per ROP Section 5.3.3., these Urban Nodes will include, “compact forms of urban development providing a range and mix of housing, employment, recreation, entertainment, civic, cultural and other activities for Peel residents and workers and other residents of the Greater Toronto Area.” As well, with these Regional Urban Nodes identified in the ROP, there are other urban Nodes in Peel, as required to be identified in area municipal official plans. It is a specific policy of the ROP (5.3.3.2.5.) that area municipalities, such as the City of Mississauga, “…identify in their official plans other appropriate urban nodes, in addition to the Regional Urban Nodes identified in this plan.” The City of Mississauga has complied with the ROP policy by identifying and providing policies applicable to Nodes, such as the Gateway District Node. Further information regarding the planned function and context of the Gateway District Node is set out in the Mississauga Plan section of this report.

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    10.3 AIRPORT POLICIES On July 11, 2002 Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) No. 5, was approved by Regional Council, as an amendment to the Region of Peel’s Airports Policy within the Official Plan per By-law No. 37-2002. ROPA No. 5 follows the policy format of the Region, as per existing exemptions to the lands located less than the 35 NEF/NEP composite contour in terms of the LBPIA Operating Area. The purpose of ROPA No. 5 is to amend the Regional Official Plan Section 5.6.6.2 to clarify policies affecting sensitive land uses within the Airport Operating Area and to provide the general framework allowing the local municipalities to deal with more specific land use planning matters within the Airport Operating Area. The land area subject to this amendment is located within the Airport Operating Area - Schedule H of the Regional Official Plan. The Amendment supplements the intent and policies of the Regional Official Plan. (See Figures 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17). At the time of the processing of ROPA No. 5 Orlando Corporation was not aware of the processing of ROPA No. 5, and did not participate and did not appeal the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board. By consolidating the prior ROP policies with the ROPA No. 5 policies, the following is a summary of the current Regional Official Plan Airports Policies, as applicable to Lester B. Pearson International Airport (LBPIA). Policy reference to the Brampton Flying Club does not apply for the purpose of this report. R

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