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Staff recommend modified approval of 5-storey building at 2085 Pine

To Committee Sept. 26; Council Oct. 10

City staff are recommending modified approval of a rezoning for 2085 Pine Street to permit a five (5) storey, 15-unit apartment building at 2085 Pine. The existing historic building at the south end of the
property is proposed to be retained and repurposed as amenity space for the residents of the proposed apartment building.

The property is currently zoned ‘Downtown Medium Density Residential (DRM)’ which permits a
range of residential uses, including apartment buildings up to a maximum of 3 storeys in height.

Burlington City staff have reviewed the application along with the comments received from the public
and technical agencies to date. Staff will be recommending modified approval of the amendment to the City’s Planning and Development Committee of Council, details below.

My Take: This application has gone through multiple revisions since first introduced based on resident and staff input, which has improved the final proposal. Pending review of the staff report when it is released Sept. 18, and any further input from residents, I am prepared to support the application and will ask that retention and formal heritage designation of the historic building be part of the approval. The applicant already plans to retain the home. Designation protects the building going forward.

Public Meeting Information:

Residents can attend and speak at the Planning & Development Committee meeting:

Date: September 26, 2017
Start Time: 1:00pm
Location: Council Chambers, Level 2, 426 Brant Street

Recommendations from Committee will go to City Council for final approval:

Date: October 10, 2017
Start Time: 6:30pm
Location: Council Chambers, Level 2, 426 Brant Street

Speaking at a Meeting (delegation):

If you wish to make a delegation to the Planning & Development Committee regarding the application please register online at www.burlington.ca/delegation or contact Amber LaPointe, Committee Clerk at (905) 335-7600 Ext. 7862 or Speakers are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes each and are webcasted online. Also, if you have presentation materials, they must be submitted to Ms. LaPointe by noon the day before the meeting to allow for their distribution and review by all members of the Committee. Please note the content of all submissions is considered to be public and will be posted to the city’s website.

Residents can also register to speak at the Council meeting, using the links above, for up to five (5) minutes. If you already spoke at Committee on this topic, you must provide new information at Council.

Supporting documents:

Looking for more information? You can access the City of Burlington’s website for more information about this application. The application has its own webpage which contains additional material, including supporting studies that have been submitted by the applicant. To access the webpage for this file please go to: www.burlington.ca/2085PineStreet

How to Obtain the Staff Report:

The staff recommendation report which contains the proposed zoning by-law as well as discussion and review of the application, will be available for public review on September 18, 2017. The report will be available on the City’s website at www.burlington.ca/calendar by searching for the meeting date for the Planning and Development Committee. A copy of the report can also be picked up at the City Clerk’s Department on the main level of City Hall.

Additional Notice:

Should you wish to be notified of City Council’s decision to approve, refuse, or approve with modification this application, or of any subsequent Ontario Municipal Board appeal of this matter, you must submit a written request to the Clerk’s Department to the attention of Amber LaPointe. If you do not include your name and address with written comments about the application or speak at the public meeting, you may not be able to appeal the decision of Council to the Ontario Municipal Board or appear as a Party to any future Hearing about this issue.

Staff contact:

For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, contact Kyle Plas, Senior Planner, using the contact information below.
Kyle Plas, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, Development Review
Phone: 905-336-7600 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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    • I believe the house shown is the small historic building they refer to, which is now vacant I think, and which is to be used for amenities for the residents. The structure does sit right behind an existing townhouse development though … I guess they lose their light and views. But agree the building looks really nice … and far better than a giant condo!

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