The Cooksville Creek Parkland Acquisition project: Planning a green space retrofit in Mississauga, Ontario
Correale Ferguson, Leandra
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The push to intensify in the GTA can put development pressures on community green spaces that provide vital public health and environmental services. As cities grow, planners will need to provide adequate green space for the growing population and to do so, they may need to re-arrange, or ‘retrofit’, land-uses to insert green spaces in the landscape. Following this, I examine the policy framework (including Provincial, Regional and municipal policies and plans) and tools that enable retrofits for green spaces in the GTA. I then investigate a case study, the Cooksville Creek Parkland Acquisition, a green space retrofit in Mississauga, Ontario to see how one municipality has approached a retrofit project. To better understand how the project is being implemented, I explore the role of four ‘implementation factors’: actors; values and visions; governance structures and decision-making processes; and policies and strategies. I found that while each of these factors interacted with each other, and that each was important in moving the Cooksville Project forward, the role of the actor (a city Councillor in this case) was especially pertinent—as well as two additional factors that were not included in the original framework: the economic and natural environment context.