How we can take action on flood risk – not leave it to Burlington’s individual homeowners and backflow valves
We must take a more integrated, Burlington-wide (not individual homeowner) approach to managing storm water and reducing flood risk. There are two actions we can take: don’t overdevelop; and keep water at source.
When we trumpet that Burlington is Canada’s best mid-sized city, according to MoneySense, it can create complacency where we rest on our laurels and take things for granted, instead of driving to improve the quality of life for all our residents. We must ensure that as we grow and change, we retain our small-town feel, community character and quality of life, not detract from it.
Council votes 5-2 on mayor’s motion for 18 storey highrise across from City Hall; this is overdevelopment and forces out local businesses
Though the new Official Plan is not yet approved, Burlington’s current mayor put forward the motion for the 18 storey building across from city hall. This approval represents overdevelopment and forces out local businesses. I’m prepared to give up my safe councillor role as four more years of the current mayor and it will be too late for our downtown.
The original plan was to add tall highrises in Aldershot’s Clearview Avenue, then reduced to 11 storeys. The neighbourhood should never have been included for high density. This is a stable low density residential neighbourhood and needs to remain so. Though council initially rejected my motions to keep this area low density, they have now come around thanks to community input. It’s been great for me to work with all of you to achieve this significant victory to protect the neighbourhood.