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Staff recommend 23 storeys at Brant/James

To P&D Committee: Nov. 1

City planning staff will be presenting a recommendation report to the City’s Planning & Development Committee on Nov. 1 about the proposed development at the corner of Brant & James St., 421-431 Brant St. for a 27-storey condominium. Read the staff report: Agenda, Item 5.3

Committee Meeting:

Date: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Council Chambers, Level 2, 426 Brant Street

Meeting Notice


The purpose of the applications is to permit a 27-storey mixed use building with retail, office and residential units (including 1-storey rooftop amenity area) at 421 ? 431 Brant Street. The proposed development consists of 183 residential units; 1,327 square metres of office space; and 966 square metres of ground floor retail / commercial uses fronting onto Brant Street and James Street. The proposal also includes 4 levels of underground parking, with 183 parking spaces, accessed from John Street.

The property is currently zoned ?Downtown Core (DC)?, with a site specific provision (DC-434) applying to 421, 425 and 427 Brant Street which permits 7-storey height and 4.5:1 floor area ratio. According to the City?s Official Plan, the subject properties are designated Downtown Mixed Use Centre ? Downtown Core Precinct.

Speaking to committee:

Residents must register to delegate (speak to committee) on this matter by noon on Oct. 31. You will have up to 10 minutes to speak to the committee.

More information:

Further details about the planning applications, along with supporting studies, can be viewed on the City?s website at

Questions about the application can be emailed to the planner for the file, Kyle Plas, at or by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7555.

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. Zoning: A Tragic Public Policy
    Zoning legislation is a necessary bulwark against chaos in urban land use. Without zoning, external diseconomies will abound; just look to our neighbours within the GTA.
    Further, the city will be one of haphazard construction, instability, disregard for neighborhood ?character,? irrational allocation of property?and a haven for unscrupulous speculators.
    Land developers have only one objective: erect buildings for maximum profit and then move on to their next site. Other than an occasional wind, parking, or shadow study there is generally no consideration given to the short term or long term impact and strain their project will have on the capacities of municipal services and infrastructure.
    And yet other cities such as the City of Oakville have done an outstanding job of maintaining its character in its downtown core and along Lakeshore with a vibrant city scape while ensuring developers respect existing zoning regulations.
    The high volume of recent zoning amendments has eroded the role of zoning regulations as a true guide to what development is allowed across the City of Burlington. By frequently permitting larger and denser projects, the city has frustrated many residents who erroneously believed the established zoning rules dictated what could be built in their neighborhoods.
    City officials and developers say the exceptions are essential to building more ?affordable? and ?family friendly? housing amid soaring rents and a shortage of apartments. But do families with children really want to live in a shoe box rising 10+ floors?
    There are many areas within Burlington that are better suited to high rise buildings which are more convenient to public transit and other amenities besides than the downtown core.
    Appropriate zoning is designed to ameliorate development, and create a city that is desirable and outstanding. We should not be on bended knee to greedy developers as there is no shortage of good developers willing to abide by existing zoning regulations as the City of Burlington is situated along a wonderful natural resource that can be put to great use rather than exploited.
    Well planned development benefits our citizens, our economy and our long term growth. We as citizens of Burlington, look to our city council to exercise authority to preserve and promote our safety and welfare first and foremost.

  2. Some comments bemoan the loss of green space, some an 8 floor height restriction because heaven forbid we put anything in this spot higher than city hall. Some talk about loosing the distinct flavour of downtown Brant Street. Well, the proposed building is attractive, it will provide ?underground? parking which certainly will help & do away with the ?UGLY? sight of garbage bins, distastfully looking store backs & car s parked around them that one currently sees on John Street – that will be a ?major improvement!?
    As well, there is nothing special or unique about the buildings that will be replaced, there is no distinct flavour about any of them. The city as well has stated it needs to expand its office space because our ?8? story City Hall has outgrown its space; well, this new proposed building will have office space for rent & that would be a positive being right across the street from our ?8? story City Hall. So, This is the other side of the coin to consider as opposed to all the nay-sayers.

  3. I agree with Kevin. Thanks to out-of control developers, downtown Burlington is loosing its unique appeal. My simplistic summary:

    1. Anonymous bureaucrats mandate that we should grow to a specific population level by a pre-determine date.
    2. Developers submit proposals that far exceed height and density levels to generate the greatest return.
    3. The City don?t have the experience and legal resources to fight the developers.
    4. OMB rubber stamp the developers proposals.
    5. Today’s residents loose out with the loss of green space and its heritage
    6. Tomorrow moves ever closer to replicating the depressing concrete jungle that is downtown Toronto.

    Welcome to George Orwell?s 1984!

  4. 23 Storeys, huh… At Brant & James? Lovely… Just what we need…
    Ask for more than you want, so you get EXACTLY what you are looking for…
    Same old story… Developers win… win… win…
    What happened to the 7 Storey zoning? Or do I have a problem reading ?!?

    • Totally agree with you Kevin! The new downtown plan for Burlington that gets redone every 5 years only tells us that the requests of 27 storeys today and coming down to 23, will in 5 years be a request for 32+ and may come down to 28 or 30 storeys. What a game plan that has worked for “ALL DEVELOPERS”, and it is not about the environment, density, traffic, air quality, etc., as we are lead to believe, it is all about $$$$$ that wins over the City Planners that work with (and for), the developers. Our vision is so different from theirs, that we all know there are a lot of missing links to “what the real picture should look like”, and is not going in that direction.

  5. Interesting the way Marianne claims “… my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it.” and “Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart.” It appears if you don’t agree with Marianne you don’t have the community’s interests at heart. Funny way for a supposed politician to go about soliciting support.


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