Mississauga makes housing data easier to track with new dashboard

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Mississauga has launched a new development data dashboard to make it easier to access housing data and monitor economic growth. The dashboard makes a wide-range of data available and shows construction projects underway across the city.

It’s one of 23 actions in the four-year ‘Growing Mississauga’ plan to get more homes built, streamline approvals and make housing more affordable. The plan was approved by council earlier this year.

“As a city, we’re committed to reporting back on our housing and development progress in a meaningful and transparent way,” said Andrew Whittemore, commissioner of planning and building. “We also recommend that the province establish common data points to ensure standardized reporting across all municipalities – a shared understanding of housing data is important if we are going to move the needle on the housing crisis.”

A housing update on the website highlights key figures such as the number of housing units approved and under construction in Mississauga. This monthly summary includes data from both the city and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

There is also pubic access to detailed data across the following topics:

  • Residential development tracking: provides information about active and approved housing development applications including the number of approved units
  • Non-residential development tracking: details total gross floor area for active and approved industrial and commercial development applications
  • Active development pipeline: provides a deeper dive on active applications by development type
  • Building permits: includes details on residential and non-residential building permits issued since 2014
  • Status of approved applications: provides a high-level summary of the number of units associated with an active, phased or inactive application city-wide and details where growth is planned throughout the city

“Cities are constantly evolving which is why access to timely and comprehensive data is so important,” Whittmore added. “As we work to bring more housing to Mississauga, good data helps us make informed decisions today about how best to plan for the future.”

To learn more about the City’s housing action plan – and read all 23 actions – visit Mississauga.ca/housing.

 

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