Below are some of the staff reports being presented to city standing committees next week: Development & Infrastructure Committee – Monday, Dec. 2 (Access all of the reports below here) 1 p.m. • Report providing information regarding the 2012 annual road safety assessment. (TS-22-13) • Report providing information on the 2013 roads and sidewalk capital programs.(…)
New Street from Martha Street to Guelph Line is scheduled for resurfacing in 2015, which provides an opportunity to enhance cycling, for example adding bike lanes or painted “sharrows.” City Transportation staff and I will be hosting a community workshop Dec. 5 to to get your feedback on several options to enhance cycling here. You can also provide your feedback by phone or email by Jan. 6.
The city has won the first round in a legal battle to ensure the Burlington Airpark complies with local regulations that don’t infringe on aeronautics matters governed by federal law. A judge has ruled the city’s site alteration bylaw is valid and binding on the Airpark and the city is entitled to its legal costs.
A hearing date to determine the City of Burlington’s right to regulate landfilling operations at the Burlington Executive Airport on Bell School Line has been set for Oct. 4 in Milton Superior Court. The hearing will determine whether the city has jurisdiction to regulate fill operations through its site alteration bylaw. Until then, an agreement(…)
To Development & Infrastructure Committee, Mon. Sept. 9, 1pm Carriage Gate Group Inc. wants a reduction in the agreed-upon community benefits negotiated in exchange for extra height on the medical/parking/condo complex at Caroline, John, Elizabeth and Maria Streets, approved in 2010. Specifically, the request is to change the amount of affordable housing from 73% of(…)
When our family took a two week holiday this summer along the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back through Yosemite Valley, I expected to be wowed by great urban centres and spectacular nature. What I didn’t expect was a lesson in community building.
This area is home to soaring cliffs, oceanfronts, waterfalls, mountain meadows and some of the biggest trees in the world. It’s also where I spent my earliest years.
My father worked for a time as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park and our family lived in the park. I recall being “homeschooled” in the front of a camper with flashcards as we ascended dirt switchback roads to get to our cabin (occasionally getting out for own own safety when the road was particularly steep and narrow). My mom remembers asking what I’d like to learn first. My response, “Well I don’t know anything yet it doesn’t matter where we start.” My family would remind me of that in later years as we debated issues across the dinner table.
In retrospect, when you’re motivated to learn, create, build, preserve, it truly doesn’t matter where you start – so long as you do start.
There’s a growing consensus among residents that the City needs to uphold our Official Plan (OP) and Zoning Bylaw in approving development projects. All of the major developments approved recently in Ward 2 required changes that were double, triple or more than what is permitted in the OP/Zoning Bylaw; or allowed different building types – back-to-back towns, for example – in an area zoned for single family or semi-detached homes.
Residents have been dismissed as antidevelopment or uninformed NIMBYs (Not in My Backyard) for wanting development to respect the existing OP, but residents I hear from are not opposed to development. They do believe we can do better to ensure the best city for the future.
As one resident put it: “I think it is time for Council to stand back, take a deep breath, and consider how the Burlington of the future will look. Do we want dense concrete in the downtown core, or would we prefer green space, a more open aspect and a park-like waterfront? What do you want your legacy to be?”
Recently, based on advice received from the Legal department, city staff advised the airport owner that the city’s site alteration is applicable and by-law must be complied with. On May 3, the Engineering Department issued an “Order to Comply” with the site alteration bylaw, to the Airport owner Mr. Vince Rossi. The 10-day deadline to comply with the order expired without compliance, so the city issued a notice of violation May 13th, which carries a potential penalty of up to $50,000 for a first offence. We need to consider additional options.
The city is making strides forward on clear language and early notification. We have some areas for improvement, particularly in respect , listening with an open mind, and ensuring delegations are treated with respect.
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We need a made-in-Burlington policy to provide clarity around fundraising and events sponsored by members of council.
Your valuable insights, lived experience, and reasonable alternatives to on-road bike lanes helped sway the vote to keep the road as is.
There are steps we can take, both large and small, short term and long term, that will preserve what we love about the community, and make changes that will make our city even better
This is the first time that residents have been consulted on a site plan before it was filed
I oppose the Region’s plan of taking the vote there first; it settles the decision and renders a later Burlington council vote irrelevant.
I’m supportive of allowing residents to remain along the beach strip. The private homes do not impede public access to the waterfront or the trails along Beachway Park. Residents also add eyes on the street to the area, which adds safety and vibrancy to the beach.
Greenberg affirms importance of community engagement in development, sticking to Official Plan, and more
Ken Greenberg in Burlington tonight shares thoughts on development, height, waterfront, heritage, community collaboration and more. Great presentation and q & a. Affirms what many residents have been saying for some time.
After viewing two proposed designs for Elgin Park at a recent public meeting, residents overwhelmingly supported this concept plan, so staff are moving ahead with this one
The project has come a long way from where it was in October, with many improvements thanks to your input. I would like to thank staff and the architect for hearing resident input and accommodating so many of your requests.
Time will tell whether this change will improve results for the community. Public input is more than asking residents their views; it must include some evidence that the public’s wishes for community benefit projects are reflected in the benefits negotiated on our behalf.