At a Special Council meeting on March 2, Burlington Council unanimously approved eight additional staff positions required by the City’s Engineering Services Department and funded by revenues as identified in engineering services department report ES-04-23. The additional staff are intended to help speed up processing of increasing permit applications that require site-engineering reviews.
You can view the staff report here: ES-04-23 Site Engineering Resourcing Update
I want to thank City staff for looking into how to speed up permit processing that relies on site-engineering reviews. This is about building our city of the future as quickly as we can and doing what we can to get shovels in the ground faster. Thank you to Deputy Mayor for Business & Red Tape Reduction Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith who has been focused this term and last term on doing everything we can to ensure our policies, resources and processes are in place to meet our goals. It is also good news these additional staff positions will be funded through development application fees, and there will be no tax impact.
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On December 8, 2022, EICS-C-05-22: Site Engineering Resourcing Update and Immediate Resource Needs was presented to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee as a Motion Memorandum to Direct the Director of Engineering Services to provide a staff report in January 2023 with options and recommendations related to the immediate resource requirements of the Site Engineering section to effectively deliver the fundamental components for timely review and processing of development application approvals. This report is to include, but not be limited to the identification of the resources required to meet Site Engineering’s current backlog and projected ongoing high volume of development applications.
For more background, please see the link above to the staff report.