Grateful to my Council colleagues for approving, at our March 21 meeting, a motion put forward by myself and Councillors Paul Sharman and Rory Nisan directing staff to find alternatives to accommodate additional parking in the former Robert Bateman High School adaptive reuse project that minimizes the impact to existing greenspace.
We need to find alternatives to accommodate parking that do not compromise the existing greenspace at the site. To that end, we have asked staff to leave no stone unturned to find alternatives. I thank my colleagues, Ward Councillor Paul Sharman and Councillor Rory Nisan in his role as Deputy Mayor for the Environment, for their support in drafting this motion. It also seemed out of order to engage with the public on the outdoor uses before the parking needs were addressed, and before we engage with the community on the indoor uses – that will impact the parking needs. That’s why the motion calls on staff to proceed with engagement with the public on the indoor uses first. Lastly, we need to turn our minds to accommodating alternative forms of transportation to ensure we are planning for seven generations out and for the future of our city.
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You can view a copy of the staff report here: EICS-02-23 Former Robert Bateman High School Adaptive Reuse Update
Here is the full staff direction motion that was approved by a 6-1 majority Council vote:
Direct the Executive Director of Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services, to work with the Director of Transportation, and the Executive Director of Community Planning Regulation and Mobility to report back to council by Q4 2023 with costs and timelines related to alternatives to accommodate additional parking for the Project inclusive of Phases 1 and 2 that minimizes impact to the existing greenspace, including but not limited to:
- Amending the city-wide zoning bylaw related to parking or granting council Public Authority to amend the requirements where circumstances warrant.
- Construct structured parking on the existing built area of the site.
- Providing layby parking on New Street in front of Bateman
- Exploring shared and leased parking options with nearby sites.
- Providing time limited on-street parking signed for the community centre uses.
- Provide additional parking requirement utilizing permeable materials.
- Other options (SD-08-23); and
Direct the Director of Communications and Engagement and Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to pause engagement with the community on the greenspace until a fulsome public engagement plan for the project is developed (SD-09-23); and
Direct the Director of Recreation, Community and Culture as part of the upcoming Parks and Recreation Culture Asset Master Plan review to report on emerging community outdoor recreation needs and how they might be accommodated on the Bateman site (SD-10-23); and
Direct the Director of Communications and Engagement and Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to commence simultaneous engagement with the community on the indoor uses of the facility (SD-09-23); and
Direct the Executive Director of Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services to report back to committee in Q2 with an overall timeline of tender, construction, and decision points for committee and council, for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 (SD-11-23); and
Direct the Director of Communications and Engagement to provide a city wide mailout, and all other communication opportunities deemed appropriate by staff regarding public engagement for community indoor and outdoor use at Robert Bateman and provide an update in the Council Information Package (CIP) (SD-12-23).
An additional amendment from Councillors Lisa Kearns and Shawna Stolte was approved by a 6-1 majority Council vote:
Direct the Director of Communications and Engagement and Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to commence simultaneous engagement with the community on the indoor uses of the facility and create a plan to be brought back for approval no later than May 2023. The plan should include the addition of, but not limited to, a series of no less than two in-person/hybrid information and documented feedback sessions, as well as other methods to be held by end of Q3 2023 to ensure the public is well-informed and engaged on both Phase One and Phase Two of the Robert Bateman Community Hub Project.
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It is with pleasure that I compliment the City on purchasing the former Robert Bateman High School facility. I look forward to being included with those who are asked for suggestions as to the use of the property.
May I point out that since the City has taken over the property the outside lights on the side and rear of the property have not been synchronized to go on or off at the same time; especially since Daylight Saving Time started.
I feel like a BROKEN RECORD, but I find it extremely important that OUR FINE CITY, continue to be one of the FIRST CITIES in Ontario to follow EDMONTON; in putting a City Bus on our streets, that is powered by Hydrogen.
The Province of BRITISH COLUMBIA has hired Shell Oil to build TEN (10) more HYDROGEN STATIONS around the province, to add to the THREE (3) already in CITY OF VANCOUVER.
I have made mention of the fact that Canadian Tire produces Hydrogen in Bolton for their FIVE WAREHOUSE lift Trucks, so surely we could produce enough to run ONE TRANSIT BUS for a day.
JAPAN has made it known that they will not be manufacturing ELECTRIC VEHICLES, concentrating on HYDROGEN. (ie. Quebec City’s 30 Toyota Hydrogen Taxis).
CHINA has suddenly SWITCHED to producing HYDROGEN VEHICLES instead of Electric.
GERMANY has changed all their TRAIN ENGINES to HYDROGEN.
CALIFORNIA was one of the first SEAPORTS to change all their Transport Trucks to HYDROGEN to cut down on SMOG.
COME ON BURLINGTON, get with the program and CONTINUE to be the BEST CITY IN CANADA to live in.
NIAGARA POWER STATION is said to be experimenting with producing HYDROGEN.
DO WE IN BURLINGTON not have to be the first and BEST city in Ontario to switch to HYDROGEN!!!!