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Statutory Public Meeting scheduled for 2477 Queensway Dr. development

DATE: May 2, 1pm, City Hall

City planning staff will be presenting an information-only report to the City’s Planning & Development Committee on May 2 providing details about a proposed development at 2477 Queensway Drive to allow a two-storey daycare on the site. You are invited to attend on:

Date:               May 2, 2017
Start Time:     1:00pm
Location:        Council Chambers, Level 2, 426 Brant Street

The proposed daycare requires a zoning change in order to allow the use. The property is currently zoned BC1-266 which is a Business Corridor zone with a site specific regulation that permits the sale of antiques, reproduction furniture, and decorative accessories. A variety of industrial, office, hospitality, automotive, and limited retail and service commercial uses are also permitted in the BC1 zone.

The property is designated as Business Corridor in the City’s Official Plan. Employment uses including offices, industrial, and related uses are permitted in this designation. Institutional Uses, such as daycares, are permitted in the Business Corridor designation through a Zoning By-law Amendment.

Further details about the application, along with supporting studies, can be viewed on the City’s website at www.burlington.ca/2477QueenswayDrive.

Staff Report:

The staff report does not contain a recommendation about the application at this time. A recommendation report will be presented to the Planning & Development Committee at a future date. The purpose of the May 2 meeting is for staff to share the details of the application to members of the committee and to allow residents to share their views.

The staff report will be available on the City of Burlington’s web calendar after April 21, 2017. To access the report:

  1. Visit burlington.ca/calendar.
  2. Under the search criteria select May 2, 2017 as the Start Date.
  3. Select “City Meetings” as the Calendar you would like to look at.
  4. Click “Search”.
  5. Under the search results select the Planning & Development Committee for May 2.
  6. Click on the meeting to access the agenda and links to each of the reports.

Speak at the meeting:

Residents may attend the May 2 meeting to share their views about the project with council. As this item is part of a statutory public meeting, residents do not have to register in advance to speak at the meeting. However, those residents that do register in advance will be called upon first. The maximum time limit to speak is 10 minutes. More information about appearing as a delegation and to register, visit http://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/speak-at-a-meeting.asp. Residents are also welcome to attend the meeting as audience members, to listen to the discussion, without having to speak.

Contact information:

Questions about the application can be emailed to the planner for the file, Lauren Vraets, at lauren.vraets@burlington.ca or by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7536.

My Take: I am supportive of this application, pending the results of the final staff review and analysis. The site currently has a heritage building which is being preserved, along with trees and greenspace that will serve as a play area for children of the daycare. The proposed daycare use seems compatible with the site and existing uses.

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.

What's your take?