In February, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) approved a massive, 26 storey condo at the corner of Martha Street and Lakeshore Road. There are 3 reasons why the OMB ruled in favour of the developer. Three Reasons All parties (the developer, the city, and other landowners) said more than the existing 4 to 8 …
Less than 3 months after council approved the 23 storey tower opposite Burlington’s city hall, we now have 24 storey application on the opposite corner. The purpose of the application is to amend the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to permit a 24 storey building, including 23 stories of residential and a one storey roof …
Parts of established neighbourhoods are being added to the urban growth centre, which has a density of 200 people or jobs per hectare. This is only come to light now.
City staff want approval to fundamentally alter Burlington’s downtown by adding massive height and density increases throughout the downtown, adding 27 highrises and 13,000 people. Height will go from 4-8 storeys in the Downtown Core Precinct to up to 17. This area covers most of the east side of Brant from James to Pine over …
Condos have a terrible impact on retail. This from someone who supports intensification and condos. Christopher Hume, Toronto Star Urban Issues and Architecture columnist, and an advocate of intensification, wrote in a recent article: “As anyone who lives in Toronto knows, the condo has taken more from the city than it’s given. The economics of …
Spread the word! Final Council vote on November 13th I’m hearing from many residents who do not agree with the 5 to 2 vote by councillors to approve the 23 storey building that will loom over city hall, replacing low-rise shops and a restaurant. In the winter time, it will cast a shadow 6 blocks …
Closing Central High School means we lose Burlington’s most walkable school. Option 19d and 23c creates a hole in the heart of the city.
Our waterfront is one of the defining features of Burlington – and one of the most cherished. But we’ve lost some ground on waterfront access and protection in the last term of council.
Happy Thanksgiving! Burlington is fantastic – urban, rural, waterfront, a great downtown and much, much more. It’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. Our city has it all.
At the beginning of this term of council, the relationship between the city and owners of heritage properties was in tatters. Downtown residents had just gone through a bruising debate over a proposed Heritage Conservation District in the St. Luke’s neighbourhood
Son of a Peach serves up hand-forged pizza using time-honored preparation and techniques, while showcasing only the finest, simple farm to table ingredients. Meet Kim and Bart who describe why they located in downtown Burlington, Bart’s favourite pizza and the meaning behind the name – Son of a Peach.
We live in a great city and must take care to keep what is great as we grow and change. We must protect what residents value and what makes them want to live here in the first place. We do that when City Hall works with residents, putting the needs of residents first.
To see full video, go to votemarianne.ca
Great things are happening in arts and culture in Burlington, and people like Selina Eckersall-McCall, founder of No Vacancy and our Arts Person of the Year for 2013, are making them happen. Watch my video interview with Selina as she explains her dream for arts and culture in Burlington, and the vision behind Cirque, a …
Enjoy complimentary parking on the street, and in all Municipal lots, in downtown Burlington starting November 30th (Shop the Neighbourhood Day) and continuing everyday for the entire month of December!
Burlington and Halton Councils will vote in fall 2013 on acquiring the private homes on the Burlington Beach. The community has existed here for more than a 100 years. Some residents have lived their whole lives here; many have raised their children here. Residents have an emotional connection to the community they love. They don’t want to leave.
Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/164/175/741/let-us-stay/
Fill out the survey: http://burlingtonwaterfront.org
City Hall does a good job of asking residents what they think. Where there’s room for improvement is incorporating that feedback into final decisions.
The pier is over-budget and more than two years behind schedule. We need solutions not inaction or lawsuits.
City Hall is increasing taxes at 3 times the rate of inflation to pay for nice-to-have capital projects like the pier. City Hall needs to limit spending: and ideas on how we could rein it in.
City Hall is approving out of scale downtown development to meet urban intensification targets; but more importantly because they need developer revenue. We must balance developer interests with the community’s interests.