City staff is recommending a contribution of $60,000 by Starlight Investments Ltd. as the Section 37 community benefit in exchange for additional density for their development at 2051-2085 Prospect Street. The money will go towards improvements at Optimist Park.
The proposed development required both an Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment and was approved by City Council in July 2016. The development will replace the 16 existing rental townhouse units with 96 rental stacked townhouse units. The two existing apartment towers on the site will be retained.
The staff recommendation will be discussed at the Development & Infrastructure Committee Nov. 8, with a final vote at council Nov. 28. Both meetings are open to the public and residents can Register as a Delegation in advance to share your views with committee and council.
Read the staff report (Item 5.3): Visit Burlington Calendar, city meetings Nov. 8
My Take: Community benefits can be negotiated for proposals that exceed the existing Official Plan and Zoning bylaw, and are intended to help mitigate the impact of extra height and/or density on surrounding neighbourhoods. This proposal to enhance the local park accords with that principle, but I am interested in hearing more from the community before making a decision.
Your Take: Please let me know your thoughts about the proposed community benefits in advance of committee and/or council. Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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