I recently met with our new City Manager Jeff Fielding and our Director of Planning Bruce Krushelnicki to discuss development activities in downtown Burlington. I will be providing a full update in the next edition of this newsletter, and in the city publication City Talk, which is mailed to homes across the city.
Of note is that the approvals have lapsed for the Medica One complex on Caroline, John, Elizabeth and Maria streets, featuring an 8-storey medical centre, 8-storey parking garage and 17 storey apartment. The developer, Carriage Gate Group, did not proceed with signing some necessary agreements required by the city so the approvals for the development have lapsed. Carriage Gate Group will be required to reapply and seek new approvals from City Council for the development. If and when they choose to do this, public engagement will be part of the process. I will keep you updated when I hear anything.
You can check the status of projects any time on the city’s website here.
My take: During our discussions I shared my perspective that we need to approach intensification downtown with a view toward diversity – reaching our targets through job creation, more semis and townhouses, and low rise development, instead of a focus on high-rise residential developments. In other words, we need to attract and encourage development that is compatible with the character of our existing community, and contributes to our onogoing prosperity. Our end goal should always be: “how does the community as a whole benefit from this project?”