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Burlington Mayor & Ward 2 Councillor Joint Statement on High-Rises Proposed at the Former Holland Park Site

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*Please see below a joint statement from Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns on the development at the former Holland Park site.

Burlington, Ont. — July 21, 2021

We know the development at 2243, 2269 Fairview Street and 864 Drury Lane is significant and has raised many questions and concerns in the community. People are asking when or if council will approve this. The applicant has applied for a Site Plan application that complies with the land use, height, and density requirements of the Zoning Bylaw.

There is no ability for council or staff to impose a height or density restriction on this site-specific file.

The City Zoning Bylaw in this area has no maximum height limit. In 2019, we implemented an Interim Control Bylaw to freeze development around the Burlington GO station and downtown Burlington, which are designated Major Transit Station Areas (MTSA), to study these areas more closely. We completed that work in 2020 by adding new policies to the OP and Zoning for both the downtown and the Burlington GO MTSA.

One of those policies limits height to six storeys within 10 m of Fairview Street, Brant Street and Drury Lane, with taller buildings permitted beyond 10 m, but no height cap. The form of tall buildings is managed through design features, floor plate, distance separators and other technical factors which staff continue to evaluate.

The location of the development application is currently within a Primary Growth Area and within an MTSA on a Priority Transit Corridor with planned frequent transit service by way of Regional Express Rail. All three of the GO stations (Aldershot, Appleby and Burlington) are envisioned to accommodate significant future growth, including taller buildings, residential and employment density, and mixed uses, including public amenities and parkland.

The application requires site plan approval — that has been undelegated from staff and will come to council for technical review and approval. The approval authority for the proposed Site Plan application was “undelegated” from the Director of Community Planning back to Council. Despite this, Council cannot make a decision that conflicts with the permissions of the City’s Zoning By-law.

A site plan review does not change heights. The community can provide input on site plan matters (layout, landscaping, and so forth) when the site plan does come to council for review. In the meantime, please continue to send your comments to staff and Council (contacts below).

Residents can find up-to-date and background information about this Site Plan application at www.burlington.ca/2243fairview. You can subscribe to receive email notifications when any of the above webpages are updated by clicking the “subscribe” button on the right-hand side of the webpage. Questions and feedback can be directed to the planner on file, whose contact information is on the webpage. You can also directly connect with Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearn’s Office at ward2@burlington.ca for more information on the public engagement that has occurred to date, and to share your questions and feedback. You are welcome to continue to share questions and feedback with the Mayor’s Office at mayor@burlington.ca.

Please note, since this development is a Site Plan application, the supporting studies and documents are not posted online compared to a Rezoning/Official Plan Amendment, which are public processes. However, the City has posted the Site Plan Information Report, as well as a Community Meeting Presentation hosted by Counc. Kearns that occurred on April 21, 2021. You can also access the April 21, 2021 community meeting recordingpresentation and notes, on the Ward 2 Events page at: https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/ward-2-meetings-and-events.asp.

Sincerely,

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward & Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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8 thoughts on “Burlington Mayor & Ward 2 Councillor Joint Statement on High-Rises Proposed at the Former Holland Park Site”

  1. This is not to say we can’t have high-rise developments, but this project is ludicrous as proposed. It will create massive traffic and safety issues for our city. Given the proximity to the GO station and the adjacent Adi development, I expect the City will have to spend a large amount of money to redesign both Fairview and Brant Streets to accommodate the traffic flow. Why are we trying to become Toronto, or sadly Mississauga? This does nothing to positively contribute to the quality of life in Burlington. It will make it worse.

    1. Hi David,
      Thank you for letting us know. We have fixed the link and it should now take you to the webpage.
      – John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

  2. Burlington is becoming a metropolitan of all the Greater Toronto Niagara Area and with the money from provincial and federal govt’s being offered this is not enough to rebuild any infrastructure. The only benefits is in the developers pockets and the non benefits to the people who grew up in Burlington is more taxes and congestion. With the planning of this city for the past 20 yrs and especially in the last 2 terms of decision makers, this has escalated my wife and I to leave this city and move to another province that has a slower pace and more cost efficiencies as retirees. Good Luck to those who feel this is great!

  3. One has to seriously question the logic, soundness and effectiveness of a new Official Plan that limits development heights near the downtown core but permits buildings with no height limits outside that area. This is an oversight of monumental proportions.

    Forty storey condo developments don’t cater to the needs of young families. The only people who will be residing in this type of development are very affluent, very wealthy and very prosperous empty-nesters. Moreover, if someone has a medical emergency on an upper storey, or if there is a fire or disaster, how will they be attended to? There is no way a fire department aerial ladder will extend that high. We have seen high rise disasters recently in Miami and London, England, as well as a train disaster in Burlington just a few years ago.

    Count me as one of a growing number of the Mayor’s former supporters who are significantly less than impressed with her first term in office. Neither her explanation around this development nor her response in this newsletter cuts it!

    1. Hi Stephen, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. A point of clarification — it was the Interim Control Bylaw Study that the Mayor and Council implemented at the beginning of their term that brought to light that there were no height restrictions in this area in the old Official Plan (OP). Once that oversight was discovered through the ICBL study, Mayor Meed Ward worked to ensure that height-limits would exist in this area in the new OP that was unanimously approved by Council later in their term.

  4. Traffic is bad enough now without adding the influx of traffic after all these new high rises are built. I do think Burlington could use more rental apartments rather than all the high end condos. But why do we need buildings in excess of 10 floors? Where do you expect all the people to come from to live in them at full capacity? The average household has at least 2 – 3 vehicles and with added population will the infrastructure accommodate the additional vehicles on the road. The air pollution from additional traffic, noise pollution, and the effects on our ground water is a concern. I’ve lived in Burlington all of my life and I have to say, it is becoming a terribly busy place to live. I find this to be very sad.

  5. with the expected 7 condos at almost 40-storeys each it will have a major effect on Fairview traffic as well as Drury Lane and Prospect. That’s a lot of cars – we were planning to move away and find a quieter area since this development is full speed ahead. The developers are already targeting all go-train properties so Burlington won’t end up being the only City that was blind-sided by these developers. I couldn’t believe the heights and density of this project – thought it was a joke. Its really sad that there’s nothing at all we can do about it. I hear China has several 70-storey buildings LOL

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