For Sale signs have gone up on a whole row of bungalows on New Street between Seneca Ave. and Stinson Ave., offering them as “Exclusive” for redevelopment, and that has area residents concerned about what might replace them.
Adding to the concern is a letter received by residents on Stinson Ave and Fairleigh Place, which back on to the row of homes, asking if they’d like to get in on the project and sell their homes for redevelopment.
The letter, from the Edwards Team of S. Todd Real Estate Ltd., states: “There are six lots in a row that are ready to act should a developer show interest in the location. If you would like to potentially take part in a development project and sell your lot, please feel free to contact us.”
To date, no applications have been submitted to the city for any redevelopment. The lots are zoned R3.2, which allows low density residential, detached dwellings with a two-storey maximum.
Unless council begins to uphold our own Zoning Bylaws and Official Plans, and resists proposals to change them, residents will continue to be concerned every time a For Sale sign appears in their neighbourhoods. Residents, and developers, alike are looking for certainty about how Burlington neighbourhoods will be developed. Council can provide this certainty by sticking to our own Official Plan and Zoning, and that has been and will continue to be my goal. I will support residential development that protects urban greenspace, neighbourhood character and, importantly, respects our Official Plan and Zoning Bylaws which have been approved by three levels of government (city, region, province) and take into account our provincial growth targets. We can meet our intensification targets by following our own plan, and it’s critical that we do so or we surrender the community’s vision for our neighbourhoods to site-by-site meal proposals from developers.
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