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Council wants to rush Official Plan approval by April 4th

Less than 3 months after council approved the 23 storey tower opposite Burlington’s city hall, we now have 24 storey application on the opposite corner.

The purpose of the application is to amend the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to permit a 24 storey building, including 23 stories of residential and a one storey roof top amenity area.

The proposed building would include:

  • 597 square metres of ground floor commercial and 227 residential units
  • five (5) levels of underground parking
  • car access from John Street
  • commercial units with front windows facing onto Brant Street, James Street and John Street.

The impact of the revised downtown plan changes coming our way were downplayed as being well into the future – 20, 30, 50, even 100 years off. Now it’s here; and there is more to come. We know there is active land assembly underway of significant blocks downtown. The downtown is about to change dramatically.

You were told the revised downtown plan would create planning ‘certainty’ for our downtown. Yet, this application is 7 storeys above the unapproved official plan.

This council wants to rush adoption of the revised Official Plan for April 4th; even though it won’t be ratified by Halton Region until 2019. It will be up to the next elected council to fix the plan’s flaws.

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. I’m so disheartened at the attitude of the council and what they are doing,….aligning with developers, changing bylaws, justifying intensification of the downtown when it’s not needed or appropriate. They want to continue the trend they started…… to turn downtown Burlington into a mass of high rises. I don’t believe that is the vision the majority of Burlington residents would agree to, if they were aware of what is happening.

  2. Wholeheartedly agree with your recent comments Marianne…we’ve now lost control over our lovely downtown. Obviously, Oakville was much smarter at this!

  3. City response is to rush new OP when OMB decision is based on OP decision to designate downtown a mobilty hub and on their tardiness in coming to a decision on opposing this dev. Quickbread of OMB says City came late to opposition, and only half heartedly and that is clear from OMB report. The new OP will not change the bases on which OMB ruled. It’s not a new plan we need, it’s new planners and a council who can see further ahead than the next election or the next zoning amendment.
    The New OP has nothing that prevents zoning amendment applications and continues the myth that downtown is a mobility hub. That was a huge part of the OMB decision, I will now read it slowly for more details.

  4. Just as a lot of us residents have been saying for a long time…we have lost control of our amazing downtown. Council and staff have also thrown in the towel. Last year I said this destruction of our beautiful, unique and historic downtown core would take maybe 5 years…but it will be sooner than that timeframe. A truly pathetic situation.

  5. Marianne, I appreciate your notification about this proposal but frankly, it appears to be a waste of everyone’s time. Many on council not only don’t care what we think, but are prepared to ignore bylaws as well as evidenced by the first tower approval. Even more reasons NOT to go downtown in the future.

  6. Somehow, this seems to me to be closely tied in with the provincial plan on increasing our population density. For starters, do we have the necessary infrastructure to be able to cope with all this density? I don’t think so. I’m also a big believer in the notion of “follow the money “. I’m rather skeptical of councils true motives here.
    Cheers, Allan Hale

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