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New downtown plan proposes mix of highrises, mid-rise and low-rise in the core; have your say on the proposals

Open houses Nov. 16 & 20; public meeting Nov. 30

Proposed New Downtown Precinct Plan – Statutory Public Meeting

The proposed new Precinct Plan and associated policies for the Downtown Mobility Hub will be presented to Burlington City Council within the proposed new Official Plan at the Planning and Development Committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The purpose of the statutory public meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to provide comments to Council on the proposed new Official Plan.

The meeting details are located on the city’s calendar here.

A link to the proposed new Official Plan and staff report will be posted to this page when it becomes available.

Proposed New Downtown Precinct Plan – Drop-In Open Houses

Following the release of the proposed new Official Plan, the city will hold three drop-in open houses with staff available to provide the public with the opportunity to review and discuss the proposed new Official Plan, as well as the proposed new Precinct Plan and associated policies for the Downtown Mobility Hub. There will be no formal presentation given.

The drop-in open house dates include:

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  
Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline Room
1333 Lakeshore Rd.

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
1 – 3 p.m.
City Hall, Room 247, Level 2
426 Brant St.                                                                                                                  

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Haber Community Centre, Community Room 1 – East
3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.

Following the City Council meeting on Nov. 30, the proposed new Downtown Precinct Plan will be further refined through the development of the Downtown Mobility Hub Area Specific Plan (master plan) that will be delivered to Burlington City Council by June 2018.

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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  1. The proposed committee of architects, planners, engineers etc only mirrors what already exists in city planning office at present. We have the experts and so do the developers. It’s the ordinary citizens who have to live with the sometimes out of touch “experts” whose voices are being ignored

    This changes nothing and may even create a veneer of “Professional Consultative Input” which doubles down on more problems than it solves.

    City answer to complex issues is to add more complexity. City answer to ordinary citizen concerns is to remove ordinary citizens from the equation.

    This will not improve anything

  2. Putting thought into a plan like this is excellent ammunition for the city to use in future development/OMB disputes. Much of the point of OMB hearings is developers trying to find ways to whine about communities not playing by their own rules. This kind of thing puts clarity into those rules, and how they were evaluated.

    Regarding downtown itself, I hope the city encourages mixed-use space. That is, “if you choose to redevelop on this corridor, you can go upwards with residential and office as long as you provide community and retail space at the ground level”. An efficient and healthy community is a walkable one, one which makes it easy to do things without getting into a car, and downtown Burlington is a great example of a place where that could be accomplished.

  3. After the latest decision ( by solely the Planning Dept., majority of the Councillors of City Hall, and the Developer) on the acceptance of 23 storeys on the corner of Brant and James, gives a very loud statement and tells the citizens for the leaders of this City to save your time and effort on trying to brainwash us that our voices are heard with any kind of consideration, “NOT”! The plans for future of development in this City changes like the weather. We are all very aware that the developers plans will proceed within approx. 3 storeys short of their original ridiculous requests, and are already carved in stone before the citizen formality goes viral. CITIZENS PAY, BUT HAVE NO SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This should be the “Headlines” for all news media.

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