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Video: Stable Neighbourhoods to be Added to Burlington’s Downtown Growth Area

Vote: January 16th

Back in 2009, Burlington’s downtown growth boundaries were changed in the Regional and Provincial plans. Burlington’s own downtown growth boundaries will be changed to match their plans.

This is only come to light now.

This means parts of established neighbourhoods are being added to the urban growth centre, which has a density of 200 people or jobs per hectare.

This includes the area bounded by Martha, Caroline Street, and James Street.  This area includes parts of Maria Street and Lion’s Club Park.

It includes Locust between Ontario and Caroline, and Ontario Street between Locust and Hurd Avenue.

The change puts pressure to replace the low-rise character and historic buildings with modern tall buildings.

We need staff to work with the region to change the plan back. We can’t approve our downtown plan till these areas are taken out of the growth areas.

Tell council not to rush the plan. Canada’s mid-sized city deserves better

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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  1. Get the City to slow down and seek, listen and act on input from the residents. If not, Burlington will soon be Canada’s former best mid-size city!

  2. I forgot to mention. Ghent Avenue is not even IN the downtown zone. The argument used here was we were “close” to the zone. So zone/schmone, there’s no plan and there’s no protection. The former city planner told us he doesn’t have to pay attention to rules. They are only “guides” for him. Direct quote.

  3. There is a cruel method for terminating employment called “constructive dismissal” where the objective is to make someone so miserable they want to quit.
    I’ve seen a dozen of my good neighbours “quit” the neighbourhood around Ghent Ave. in the last 4 years. That’s what happens when you make their quiet lives into a daily hell of construction noise and dirt… in serving the objective of changing their chosen neighbourhood into one they would never choose.
    People who plan neighbourhoods should have an ounce of consideration for the people who currently live in them, and place the lives they are directly and irrevocably disrupting above their lofty aspirations.

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