Official Plan & Zoning

At Thursday’s (Feb. 7) Special Meeting of Council, following the Committee of the Whole – Budget meeting, council unanimously voted to approve my motion to re-examine the policies of the Adopted 2018 Official Plan and review matters of height and density in our city. I want to thank all of Council for the vote – I …

Burlington Council votes to re-examine Adopted 2018 Official Plan Read More »

The Clearview/Queen Mary/St. Matthews neighbourhood will be retained as low density, thanks to residents speaking out. This area was included in the Aldershot Mobility Hub, and the first draft included 20+ storey buildings at the top of Clearview with 7-11 storeys on the balance of Clearview, and along Queen Mary. The second draft kept 11 …

You did it! Clearview west side to be retained as low density Read More »

Get ready to see 30+ storey buildings around the Aldershot, Burlington and Appleby GO stations, should council approve the proposed plans for redevelopment around the stations. 11-storey buildings are also still proposed for Clearview, a single family home neighbourhood in Aldershot, and 19 and 11 storey buildings are proposed along the east side of Brant St, …

30 storey buildings in each GO station plan; 19 storeys near residential at Maplewood; 11 storey in established Clearview neighbourhood. To committee July 12 Read More »

Burlington’s new official plan was adopted by council today by a 6-1 vote. Though council supported over two dozen motions I brought or co-sponsored to make the plan better, the plan as it stands represents overintensification: in the downtown, the GO stations and established neighbourhoods. It will deliver a future city that erodes what makes …

Burlington’s Official Plan Adopted in 6 to 1 vote. Read More »

A downtown resident has started a petition to protect St. Luke’s and Emerald Precincts from inappropriate redevelopment, including townhouses, semi-detached units, duplexes or apartment walkups. The petition also advocates lower height on Brant Street and opposes overintensification in the community as a whole. Read or print the petition: St. Lukes Petition

  Burlington’s downtown population is set to grow dramatically, but without enough parkland. This reveals another shortcoming with intensification. The mayor and most of council voted on motions that can add 27 high-rises in the downtown. Downtown parkland will be 0.67 hectares per 1,000 people when including existing parks (Spencer Smith Park, Apeldoorn, Brock, Wellington …

Video: Burlington’s downtown is getting many more people – not enough parks Read More »

Adapted from a Press release – A report recommending adoption of Burlington’s proposed new Official Plan will be presented at the Planning and Development Committee:

Analysis & Insight – During recent Official Plan meetings I brought forward two motions to strengthen economic development in Burlington. The first motion was to add the downtown, uptown (Appleby & Upper Middle), GO station mobility hubs, and other mixed use intensification areas as separate and distinct Strategic Employment Areas in Section 5 of the Official …

Motion to add innovation district to downtown, GO stations fails; to council March 19. Adding downtown, uptown, GO stations to Strategic Employment Areas carries Read More »

Analysis & Insight: Think your single family, low density residential neighbourhood is protected from intensification under the proposed new Official Plan? Think again. A clause in the new OP would permit semi-detached units and “other forms of attached, ground-oriented dwellings” – such as townhouses and apartment walkups – in residential low density neighbourhoods. [Clause 8.3.3(1)b)]. The …

All neighbourhoods could change under new Official Plan: Semis, towns, apartment walk-ups allowed in single family home neighbourhoods Read More »

Burlington’s revised new Official Plan (February 2018) has now been released and is available online here: Official Plan Feb. 2018. The revised Official Plan contains additions, deletions and modifications to the proposed version that was released in November 2017.  Feedback received from agencies, stakeholders and the public at the Nov. 30 Statutory Public Meeting and Jan. 23 Public …

Revised Official Plan released; Statutory public meeting Feb. 27 Read More »