*Please see below a media statement from the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — Sept. 9, 2020 — At the City Council meeting on Aug. 24, 2020, Burlington City Council approved the recommendation to accept an offer to settle the issues in dispute between First Capital (Appleby) Corporation and the City with respect to First Capital’s appeal currently before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
The settlement between the City and First Capital resolves the issues in dispute between the City and First Capital on the basis that First Capital and the City will seek LPAT approval of a revised development concept for the property at 5111 New St. The City and First Capital will request the LPAT withhold a final order approving the development until the City and First Capital are satisfied with technical studies that are required to support the revised development concept.
The revised development concept proposes 368 dwelling units in both apartment and townhouse forms located on a portion of the site of the former Appleby Mall that currently contains a parking area adjacent to existing retail/commercial uses. The revised development concept reduces the building heights of the original proposal from 12 and 17 storeys, down to a 9 storey and two 12 storey buildings that follow the Official Plan. The revised development concept also: increases setbacks from Pinedale Avenue; reorients and redesigns the buildings to achieve compliance with the City’s Urban Design Guidelines; introduces townhouse units at the base of the buildings; and provides enhanced landscaping, among other things.
A copy of the planning analysis and revised development concept are located on the development application webpage. The City and First Capital will attend at the LPAT hearing scheduled to commence on Oct. 26, 2020 to seek approval of the Official Plan amendment, Zoning Bylaw amendment and revised development concept by the LPAT.
“The application to develop residential units on 5111 New Street has come a long way from its first appearance in 2014. It happened to coincide with extensive flooding in the area. Community members had many concerns about the proposal. Although the owners had rights to build on the property, the original proposal would have overwhelmed the area. When the applicant filed an appeal against the City, 82 community members from surrounding homes registered as “participants”. They worked hard together to define requirements that would make the proposed development more amenable to them, which were largely accepted. This was a wonderful example of how community members, the applicant and the City can work together to achieve a more acceptable outcome. A big thank you to all involved.” — Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman, City of Burlington
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
A huge thank you to the residents who got involved in this application to advocate for a better development. Your efforts delivered, and led to reduced height, reduced impact on surrounding neighbourhoods, better pedestrian flow throughout the site and more improvements. This is why community involvement in planning is so important: we get better projects!
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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist