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The Burl-Oak Naval Veterans have requested that the promenade in Spencer Smith Park be renamed the Naval Veterans Walkway

As the city tries to encourage more active transportation, we are reviewing rules around using Burlington’s streets for wheeled transportation including skateboarding, roller blades, electric scooters and other “emerging vehicles.” Currently all of these are prohibited on city streets.

The Friends of Freeman Station are hoping to move the historic train station to a new home in April, on land provided by Ashland-Hercules on Fairview Street, just east of the fire station.

Your valuable insights, lived experience, and reasonable alternatives to on-road bike lanes helped sway the vote to keep the road as is.

There are steps we can take, both large and small, short term and long term, that will preserve what we love about the community, and make changes that will make our city even better

Bridgewater expect to file a site plan application shortly. Construction is expected to start late in 2013 or early 2014.

As I have learned more about this project, and the intent of the zoning, I have growing concerns about the scale and density of the project, and its compatibility with the character of the neighbourhood.

Recently, I was contacted by members of the Apeldoorn Sub-Committee of the city’s Mundialization Committee. This volunteer citizen’s committee of City Hall maintains relationships with Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, as recognition of Canada’s role in liberating the area during World War II.

A number of residents have contacted me over the past year to ask when the old Riviera Hotel on Lakeshore Road would be torn down to make way for the new project approved for this site.

Recent developments with the pier – including faulty steel and welding, and cancellation of the wind turbine – have exposed problems with the information provided to council and our decision-making process. This turn of events has highlighted the importance of learning from past problems on this project. I believe we can – and an important …

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Planning staff are recommending what amounts to a deadline extension in the wake of zoning approvals lapsing on the medical centre/parking structure/condo complex

The wind turbine planned for the Brant Street pier has been cancelled, after members of the city’s Community Services Committee heard the costs would be prohibitive to proceed, and the benefits negligible.

We want a vibrant downtown, rich with activities and amenities, but vibrant neighbourhoods must also be livable. The goal is to strike a balance. Residents expect and even welcome a certain amount of noise and activity downtown. Do we have the right balance? Let me know what you think.

After viewing two proposed designs for Elgin Park at a recent public meeting, residents overwhelmingly supported this concept plan, so staff are moving ahead with this one

The approvals have lapsed for the Medica One complex on Caroline & John, featuring an 8-storey medical centre, 8-storey parking garage and 17 storey apartment. The developer, Carriage Gate Group, did not proceed with signing some necessary agreements required by the city so the approvals for the development have lapsed.

Time will tell whether this change will improve results for the community. Public input is more than asking residents their views; it must include some evidence that the public’s wishes for community benefit projects are reflected in the benefits negotiated on our behalf.