Ask the Councillor

Question: Can council overturn the 5-2 vote on the 23 storey building at 421 Brant, to stop the project? Answer: Technically, the final decision on 421 Brant has not been made; that won’t happen until the amending bylaws come forward for a council vote. Usually, the bylaws are presented at the same time as the vote …

Feb2018 Ask the Councillor: Can council overturn the 5-2 vote on 421 Brant@James? When will the sidewalk be constructed on Glenwood School Drive? What is happening with the Drury Lane bridge? Read More »

A.W. asks: What are the rules around idling? Answer: Idling is enforced under the City’s current Parking and Idling Bylaw 39-2016, by Parking Enforcement Officers and Transportation Services. Idling Enforcement is conducted both proactively and by complaint.  Any unattended vehicles idling in excess of 1 minute will be ticketed immediately.  If the vehicle is attended, …

Dec2017 ask the councillor: What are the rules around idling? What’s going on with the 730 & 760 Brant development? Can the pedestrian signal at Lakeshore/Torrance be moved to align with the intersection? Read More »

R.P. asks: What are the rules on drones? Even if individuals identify themselves as professionals,  they should still require permission from the City to fly out of and over others’ properties. What are the necessary credentials to fly a drone for city purposes? Answer: You are correct. Any UAV operator requires written permission from the land owner …

Nov2017 Ask the Councillor: What are the rules on drones? Can I operate landscaping equipment on Sunday? Why so many speed bumps? Read More »

Resident D.C. asks: How do I deter squirrels from my property? If you have a bird feeder, which sometimes attracts squirrels, you could add cayenne or chili pepper to the bird seed. The birds will not taste it, but the squirrels can. As well, homemade hot pepper sprays are often effective  squirrel deterrents. Mix a small …

Ask the Councillor: How do I deter squirrels from my property? Why are my taxes paid over 10 months, not 12? Why do I have to pay for parking on Walkers Line at the trail entrance? Read More »

What happened to the Martha/Lakeshore development proposal? A proposed 26-storey development at the foot of Martha and Lakeshore Road heads back to an Ontario Municipal Board hearing July 17. Staff and council unanimously opposed the development, and mediation failed. The OMB hearing began in February 2017 for two weeks, but had to be cut short …

Ask the Councillor: What happened to the Martha/Lakeshore development proposal? Why is the Art Gallery of Burlington land being rezoned? Read More »

Resident L.H. asks: Should townhouses be classified as low density or medium density? I believe that townhouses should be classified as medium density as listed in the zoning by-law. However, the Official Plan allows townhouses to be classified as low density. The Zoning by-law allows cluster homes up to a density of 25 units per …

AUGUST Ask the Councillor: Should townhouses be considered medium density? What are the parking zones downtown? Any progress on Ghent retirement home? What’s with the empty lot on Ghent? Read More »

Got a question? Email marianne.meedward@burlington.ca and we’ll include your answer next month. Residents J.M. and T.P ask: What was the approximate cost of the Canada Day fireworks and what was the attendance? Response: The approximate cost of fireworks on Canada Day is $1,000.00/minute.  Our fireworks display in 2016 was just under 18 minutes in length. …

Ask the Councillor July 2016: Canada Day fireworks cost Read More »

Got a question? Email marianne.meedward@burlington.ca and we’ll include your answer next month. Downtown business & multi-residential unit compost pick up Resident K.M. asks: I wanted to speak to you about compost pick up for the businesses downtown.  Composting is a huge part of any green initiative, reducing up to 75% of waste management as well as …

Ask the councillor May 2016: business compost pickup; parking in beach strip; pedestrian island & light at Lakeshore/Pearl; turn lane Brant/Maplewood Read More »

Resident D.Z. asks: Are there any rules governing the use of drones within city limits? Answer: Drones fall under federal regulation. Rules are applied based on recreational or business use, as well as the weight of the drone. See this link for more information – Drone Guidelines Concerns about the safe operation of drones should …

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Q: When will dead or removed trees in the downtown core be replaced? A: The trees downtown are unique in that they are typically planted within a 4’X 4’ tree pit.  The tree pit is an engineered concrete structure beneath the sidewalk or other hard surface to provide soil volume and growing area for the tree’s …

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