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Ask the Councillor Feb2016: Zoning on 269 Market; Rules on snow plow noise

marianne meed ward ward 2 Burlington city councillorResident D.A. asks: 269 Market St. Recently sold. Can you advised what this area is zoned for, and what kind of development might be permitted there?


Regarding the property located at 269 Market Street, city staff can provide the following information:

Official Plan

The property located at 269 Market Street is designated High Density Residential in the City’s Official Plan.  This designation permits street townhouses, stacked townhouses, back to back townhouses, attached housing and apartments with a density ranging between 51 and 185 units per hectare.

Zoning269 market st By-law

The property located at 269 Market Street is zoned RH1 (Residential High Density).  This zone permits apartment buildings, stacked townhouses, back to back townhouses, street townhouses, retirement homes and community institutions.  This zone is required to have a 15 m yard abutting any R1, R2 or R3 zones (the property is surrounded by properties zoned R3.2 so this would apply), is permitted to have a floor area ratio of 1.25:1, a maximum building height of 6 storeys and a minimum density of 50 units per hectare, among other provisions in the Zoning By-law.

The city’s geographic information mapping system shows the approximate boundaries of each property, and while it is fairly accurate, it cannot be considered precise.  Based on the information currently available, it appears that the property at 269 Market Street is approximately 927 m2 and the property at 2405 Lakeshore Road is approximately 1648 m2 for a combined area of approximately 2575 m2.

Places to Grow

Places to Grow refers to the provincial legislation (the Places to Grow Act) which generally encourages re-development in the city’s existing built-up area and making efficient use of land through intensification in order to limit suburban sprawl.  This legislation does not set out any specific requirements or provisions for individual sites, but requires municipalities within the Greater Golden Horseshoe to achieve a density of 200 people + jobs per hectare in the Urban Growth Centre.  The subject property does not fall within the City of Burlington’s Urban Growth Centre and is not subject to that  requirement.  Any development proposal that does not comply with the City’s Official Plan and/or the Zoning By-law would require an Official Plan Amendment and/or Zoning By-law Amendment, respectively, and would trigger the development application process which includes posting a sign on the property, mailed notice to adjacent property owners, etc.

The mapping shows the two parcels that are permitted to have high-density residential uses on them as described above.

If you have additional specific questions about these properties, please do not hesitate to contact city planning staff:

Rosa Bustamante, t  (905) 335-7600 ext. 7811, e

Resident S. H. asks:

What are the rules on the hours of operation of snow plow equipment?


Under the City of Burlington Noise and Nuisance By-law #19-2003 we do typically regulate times and periods when noise is prohibited.  With regards to snow removal, however, there is no time restriction.  Snow must be cleared away from properties within 24 hours and therefore winter snow clearing is exempt – whether it is being carried out on behalf of the City or not.

Under the by-law,  Schedule 2 states that “the operation of any powered or non-powered tool for domestic purposes is prohibited between 9:00pm and 7:00am other than snow removal.

Further, Schedule 3 states that “the operation of equipment and machinery by or on behalf of the City carrying on or engaged in the performance of public works for emergency purposes, including, but not limited to: winter snow clearing and removal equipment.

Just for fun, here’s some additional statistics on snow in the city:

Snow Plowing and Winter Services Statistics:

  • 1,913 lane-km of roads are maintained (a lane km measures just one lane of a 4-lane road)
  • 839 km of sidewalks are maintained
  • Average annual snow fall over the past 4 years: 121 cm
  • Heaviest snow accumulation in 2001: 162 cm
  • Lightest snow accumulation in 2012: 69.2 cm

Temperature Sensors:

Temperature sensor units help staff forecast the road temperatures and predict black ice. There are four sensor units across Burlington and staff has access to highway sensors in the area.

Before a storm, staff are sent out to apply an anti-icing liquid salt mixture called brine to keep snow and ice from building up and sticking to the road. Anti-icing provides greater traction for vehicles and makes the roads easier to plow. Anti-icing also reduces the amount of salt needed.

Equipment Used:

  City Contractor
Trucks 16 13
Graders 1 0
Loaders 2 0
Tractors 0 9
Backhoes 2 0
TOTAL: 21 22

Want to know more?

Visit to learn about how roads are prioritized (which roads get plowed first), view the frequently asked questions and see what’s been plowed. On this page, you can also subscribe to receive updates from staff during winter events.



Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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