BDBA expansion recommended

BDBA-boundary BurlingtonTo Development & Infrastructure Committee March 2

After receiving feedback from affected businesses, staff are recommending approval of the expanded boundaries for the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA). The new boundaries would extend up Brant to Ghent, East to Smith, and West to Maple along Ontario Street. The proposed boundary expansion would result in a levy increase for the BDBA of approximately $109,000, based on the 2014 tax roll and 2014 tax rates.
Staff sent 287 notices to businesses, 260 of these to properties within the existing BDBA boundaries and 27 in the proposed expanded area. Objections were received from 19 businesses, many of these already within the existing boundaries. The municipality can’t expand the boundaries if objections have been received from at least one-third of the total number of persons entitled to notice. In this case, one-third would mean 95 objections from owners or tenants. That threshhold was not met, so the decision now rests with council.

The BDBA was formed in 1979, and has a mandate to oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality. As well the mandate includes promoting the area as a business, shopping and entertainment district.

The proposed boundary expansion is contained in a report that will be considered by the Development & Infrastructure Committee March 2, and Council March 23, 1pm, City Hall. You can read the report on the D&I agenda, Item 8. To register as a delegation to speak to the item, visit: Register as a delegation

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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