Google maps tells the story. If Council approves the 58 towns on Ghent, we’ll lose our largest stand of trees in Ward 2. Some 100 trees and bushes and 4 city trees will be removed with 60 saplings as replacement: net loss of 40.
Downtown & Waterfront
The job of protecting the rural area has already been done on our behalf by decree from the province, under the Places to Grow Act. We can’t take the credit for that, nor is that within our control. The rural area is protected, period. Our job, and what city council and staff do control, is how we will intensify the urban area in response.
The top rated places for cultural activity in the city, as identified by residents, are (in order of priority): parks & open spaces, the waterfront, library system, community centres, boards (Performing Arts Centre, Burlington Arts Centre, Museums), and festivals.
I’m concerned about the delay in refocusing the BEDC structure to meet the targets set by the city for economic development. We must keep driving the momentum forward. Yes, it is important to plan then act – ready, aim, fire, as the expression goes. But let’s ensure that doesn’t become “ready, ready, and more getting ready to get ready.”
Tax breaks, office attraction, supporting mid-rise developments to meet growth targets, partnering with developers to build parking, and bringing a farmer’s market downtown are just some of the recommendations from the Downtown Task Group to improve the vibrancy of the heart of the city.
Recent downtown developments have revealed the need for upgrades to hydro service in the downtown
Thanks to the members of the Burlington Waterfront Committee (formerly the Waterfront Access & Protection Advisory Committee) for spearheading this initiative
The Burl-Oak Naval Veterans have requested that the promenade in Spencer Smith Park be renamed the Naval Veterans Walkway
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