The application will be heard March 20, 6:30pm, City Hall, Rm 247. Members of the public are welcome to attend and give feedback. You can obtain more information by contacting the clerk at the coordinates below. Amanda D’Angelo, BA (Hons.) Committee of Adjustment Clerk | Planning & Building Department Development and Infrastructure Division P. 905(…)
The City is conducting a feasibility study for different uses in four parking lots downtown. Part of this study includes geotechnical investigation, which involve drilling boreholes into the ground. The purpose is to learn about factors that are important for any future development—e.g. the soil composition, load capacity, etc. Terraprobe and MHPM Project Managers Inc.(…)
The owners of 494 Crosby Ave, and 2338 Woodward Ave, have received approval for variances requested for redevelopment of the sites. The requests were heard by the Committee of Adjustment Jan. 20. The Committee reviews all requests through four tests: 1. is the variance minor 2. is the variance desirable for the appropriate development or(…)
Residents will see some work being done on the Bridgewater site at the bottom of Elizabeth & Lakeshore, to prepare for the construction of the sales centre for the condos. Site plan approval has been issued for the sales centre, and a building permit is expected shortly. The project consists of a 22-storey condo, 7-storey(…)
Residents near the property at 2267 Lakeshore Road have noticed a number of trees being cut down and have asked what might be planned for development here and the rules around tree cutting. No development application has been filed for this property yet, but I have touched base with both city staff and the planner(…)
City staff have received a site plan application to build a 1.5 storey single detached home at 508 Hager Ave. To make room for the new home, an existing home on the property would be demolished and the lot severed into two parcels. No application has yet been filed for a second home on the(…)
City Planning staff have recently issued draft site plan approval on the development application for the Clarendon Park Retirement Residence at 2170 Ghent Avenue. Draft site plan approval signals the end of staff’s technical review of the development as well as compliance with the City’s Zoning By-law and policies. It also means that staff supports the(…)
The Augustine Group has acquired the property at 452/454 Locust Street and hopes to develop a mid-rise condominium building here. No applications have yet been filed with the city, although a sales sign has been erected on the property. I spoke with a representative of Augustine and learned the goal is to build a luxury condominum within(…)
The Ontario Municipal Board has given the green light for Branthaven’s proposed 58-unit townhome project on Ghent Ave. to proceed. The project replaces single family homes on eight assembled lots, and reduces greenspace from roughly 70% down to 30%. Local resident Dr. Emil Sekerinski, whose home backs onto the development site, had appealed the project(…)
A four-day Ontario Municipal Board hearing of the 58-townhome project by Branthaven on Ghent Ave has wrapped up after one day of testimony. Both the rezoning, to permit the townhomes, and the site plan of the project, are in front of the board for a decision. Residents had requested a number of conditions be put on site plan approval, covering groundwater monitoring, construction staging and landscaping. I brought a motion covering several of these items to committee and council, which was approved. A decision on both the rezoning issue and the site plan is expected within 4-8 weeks.
The cost of upgrading and burying hydro wires for new development projects in the downtown continues to be a work in progress. The city’s current policy is for developers to pay 100% of the costs, although that policy is under review at the request of developers.
As part of the approval of the 6-8-story office/medical, 6-8 storey parking garage and 17 storey condo complex at Caroline/John/Elizabeth/Maria, Carriage Gate agreed to upgrade the hydro capacity and bury the hydro wires. These agreements will be captured in a zoning condition, to be signed by the end of the year.
City staff have reviewed and support (with modifications) several conditions requested by residents on the site plan for the Branthaven townhome project on Ghent related to groundwater monitoring, construction staging and border vegetation. With council’s approval, staff would bring these conditions to the Ontario Municipal Board hearing Nov. 26. The OMB will ultimately decide on the project, including site plan.
Based on the feedback at a neighbourhood meeting June 5, Habitat for Humanity has created two design options for a proposed townhouse development at Glendor & Plains Rd East. One option includes 14 back-to-back townhouses. The other includes standard townhouses (3-storey) with backyards, and a single storey accessible unit at one end.
My Take: There are a variety of views in the community on this project. At the first meeting, residents supported townhouses but wanted standard with yards, not back to back. I also prefer standard townhomes to back-to-back units.
At the second meeting, residents expressed concern about any townhouse development. In my view the townhouses are preferable to a commercial use, or a six storey building in this area. That said, the concerns about parking, traffic, drainage and tree loss must be addressed for any development.
Your Take: What are your views on the proposed development? Email me at email@example.com.
My Take: I did not support the original rezoning to accommodate the back-to-back and standard townhouses (but did support a modified project of semi-detached with some standard townhouses that would still have met intensification requirements). As a result of council’s support for this project, residents must spend their own time and money to uphold the city’s zoning at the OMB. I also share the concern about lack of notification regarding the site plan not coming back to council. Though there was no legal requirement for notification, out of courtesy to the neighbourhood, providing this information to residents and their elected representative would have helped build trust and good will.
My Take: This type of intensification belongs here – next to a transit hub, which allows more people to use the bus or GO train rather than cars, and next to a major retail outlet, where people can meet their day-to-day shopping needs. I was hoping for more office space (although it was not a requirement of the original OMB decision). Burlington sorely needs commercial tax revenue which is higher than residential taxes, and costs less to service than residential development. However, I am working with the Molinaro Group and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation to fill the office space, and if there is a market the Molinaros will build extra to suit.
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(…)
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(…)
Save Our Waterfront brought together 2000 residents from across the city to seek a review of policies in the Old Lakeshore Road area in particular, and more public input on waterfront issues in general. They asked for and secured the formation of a city-wide citizen’s committee on waterfront issues in 2010, the Burlington Waterfront Access and Protection Advisory Committee.
The official committee spent over a year reviewing the Old Lakeshore Road area. They recommended a review of planning policy and design for public areas within the precinct, and consideration of options for public waterfront access and a related City acquisition strategy. The review was intended to lead to recommendations, and include the public. This was initially supported by council.
But these hard-won gains for public input on waterfront issues are slowly being unravelled by council as time goes on. The advisory committee was sunset at the end of last year (though their work continues via the Burlington Waterfront Committee), and now the requested review of policies in Old Lakeshore Road is narrowly scoped and excludes public input in the first Phase.
Though a reduced project with fewer units will be welcome news to residents, the reduction in parking remains a concern, as it was with the previous proposal. The other potential variances will need to be reviewed to assess their impact on the neighbourhood when the zoning review is complete. I’m pleased city staff are treating this as a new application, which provides for additional public input on the revised project.