Waterfront

Burlington Waterfront, a citizen-led volunteer group, is seeking volunteers for several initiatives, including creating walking tours of the waterfront, and a promotional campaign on the city’s Windows to the Lake waterfront parks. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more email: BurlingtonWaterfront@gmail.com The group has just released its first community newsletter with updates on the …

Burlington Waterfront seeks volunteers, provides updates on LaSalle marina, waterfront hotel planning study and more Read More »

Burlington’s city manager is proposing to retain outside consultants at a cost of $150,000 to conduct a review of the LaSalle Park marina proposed permanent wavebreak and expansion, including more cost effective alternatives. The recommendation comes after a review by the city’s finance staff of the LaSalle Park Marina Association’s (LPMA) finances determined that the …

Public money needed for wavebreak; independent review of options proposed Read More »

Halton Region has acquired another private property along Beachway Park, as part of a long term plan to purchase all the remaining private homes along the beach and turn the entire area into a park. Regional Council approved the purchase of 991 Lakeshore Road for $535,000. After approval, the recommendation to purchase becomes public. The amount paid for …

Another beach property purchased Read More »

Missed the public meeting on the Beachway Master Plan? Here’s the link to the presentation showing the proposed sections and development of the plan. Beachway Park Public Open House Presentation Apr 7 2015 No timeline or budget for completion has been set. The plans include removal of all the privately-owned homes in the beach. Several …

Residents get first peek at Beachway Park Master Plan Read More »

Mount Nemo Plateau Heritage Conservation District Study Consultation Meeting (Feb. 17) Tues., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Conservation Halton, 2596 Britannia Rd. At its meeting on May 20, 2014, Burlington City Council approved staff report PB-38-14, which recommended that a Heritage Conservation District Study process be initiated for the Mount Nemo Plateau area. The study will look at the …

Public meetings: Mount Nemo, Coyotes, Waterfront Read More »

Staff are recommending that council begin the Waterfront Hotel Lands Study, in light of interest by the hotel owners to redevelop at some point. Given the location of the site in the heart of downtown, adjacent to Spencer Smith Park, our Official Plan requires that a Master Plan must be completed before any redevelopment can …

Study to begin for waterfront hotel site Read More »

New Horizon Development Group has taken over the Bridgewater project at the foot of Elizabeth Street from MADY Development. When complete, Bridgewater will feature a 22-storey condo, 8-storey 4-star hotel (Delta, recently acquired by Marriott International), retail along Lakeshore Road, and a 7-storey condo, with a central public plaza and public walkway along the shoreline. …

Correction to: New Horizon to build Bridgewater Read More »

Community Services Committee, Tues. Dec. 16, 1pm, City Hall; Council, Thurs. Dec. 18, 6:30pm The fate of a stretch of publicly-owned waterfront land between St. Paul Street and Market Street will be determined this week. On Tues. Dec. 16, the city’s Community Services Committee, which includes all members of council, will discuss a staff report …

Council poised to sell public waterfront to homeowners; share your views Read More »

On Oct. 20, I was notified that three households (four residents) in my Ward have together filed a complaint against me with the Ontario Municipal Ombudsman regarding my public comments in my role as City/Regional Councillor for Ward 2 Burlington about the city’s decision to sell publicly-owned waterfront land between Market Street and St. Paul Street …

Response to complaint filed with Ombudsman: “baseless & without merit” Read More »

The LaSalle Marina breakwall and expansion will be a key topic of discussion with guests Doug Pladsen, a city employee who conducted the Environmental Assessment of the marina, and John Birch, of the LaSalle Park Marina Association. Meetings are open to the public, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to Georgie Gartside at 905.335.7600, …

Burlington Waterfront Committee to discuss LaSalle Marina Read More »

When our family took a two week holiday this summer along the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back through Yosemite Valley, I expected to be wowed by great urban centres and spectacular nature. What I didn’t expect was a lesson in community building.

This area is home to soaring cliffs, oceanfronts, waterfalls, mountain meadows and some of the biggest trees in the world. It’s also where I spent my earliest years.

My father worked for a time as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park and our family lived in the park. I recall being “homeschooled” in the front of a camper with flashcards as we ascended dirt switchback roads to get to our cabin (occasionally getting out for own own safety when the road was particularly steep and narrow). My mom remembers asking what I’d like to learn first. My response, “Well I don’t know anything yet it doesn’t matter where we start.” My family would remind me of that in later years as we debated issues across the dinner table.

In retrospect, when you’re motivated to learn, create, build, preserve, it truly doesn’t matter where you start – so long as you do start.

The Waterfront Citizen’s Advisory Committee has recommended that the city explore a future commercial use for the old pump house on the beach strip, for example a coffee house or pub.

Should residents living in the Burlington Beach community of Beachway Park on Lakeshore Road be allowed to stay?