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City of Burlington Looking for Feedback on Development Application Submitted for 535-551 Brant St. in Ward 2

Renimmob 535-551-Brant Street development application
Proposed development application rendering.

The City of Burlington has received a development application in Ward 2 at 535-551 Brant St.

The applicant, Renimmob Properties Limited, is proposing a mixed-use development including a 25-storey tower (plus mechanical and rooftop outdoor amenity space) with:

  • a total of 248 residential units (a mix of one-bedroom, one-bedroom + den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom + den, and three-bedroom models);
  • an additional 1,068 square metres of ground floor commercial uses;
  • the overall height of the proposed tower being 85.75 m (281.33 ft) to the top of the mechanical level;
  • a total of 253 parking spaces; and
  • bicycle parking is also proposed.

Click here for a a copy of the mailout notice of completion for the Renimmob 535-551 Brant St application.

No decisions have been made yet regarding this application, but city staff is asking for feedback from the public. Any written comments, or requests for more information, can be sent to the Planner on File, Gordon Dickson, at gordon.dickson@burlington.ca or 905-335-7600, ext. 7809.

More details on this application are also available online at www.burlington.ca/535brant.

To learn more about the planning process, please visit burlington.ca/planningprocess.

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WHY DOES THE CITY HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL NEW DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS THAT ARE SUBMITTED? 

When the City of Burlington receives an application for a new development, we are legally bound to process any development applications and provide the developer with a decision on the application within 120 days of the application being deemed complete.

All of these applications are assigned a planner who reviews the documents and feedback from residents and presents a recommendation to committee and Council on how the application should proceed — that recommendation can either be denying the application, approving it, or approving it with certain conditions.

Should the City fail to provide a decision to the developer within the 120 day time frame, the developer has the right to approach the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), previously known as the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), to request them to make a decision on whether or not they are allowed to proceed with their plans.

On June 1, 2021, the LPAT was amalgamated into the OLT — an independent tribunal whose members are appointed by the cabinet of Ontario to hear cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters. These include matters such as official plans, zoning bylaws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances, and other issues assigned by numerous Ontario statutes.

When this happens, it will not only cost the City money by means of legal fees and representation at the OLT, but it also takes the decision-making process away from the City and City Council – in other words, projects that are not acceptable to our residents and City planning officials could go ahead and our residents would be very limited in their ability to provide input on how their neighborhoods are structured.

It is the City’s obligation to its residents to ensure we are able to provide them with opportunity to be a part of the planning process for the neighborhoods. Planning affects all of us as it determines where we live, work, play and raise a family, and that is why the City encourages residents to get involved in this process.

If a member of the public believes that a planning decision should be re-examined, they can appeal the decision to the OLT. The OLT has the authority to refer a decision back to Council for reconsideration. If a subsequent appeal of the second Council decision is made, then the OLT has the authority to approve, change or refuse the application and override the decision made by the municipal Council.

There are currently 10 major development applications at the OLT, 4 appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions, as well as 31 appeals of our changes to our Official related to GO station policies, and 44 appeals to our new Official Plan.

The Mayor doesn’t provide a position on a development application until staff review and share their expertise and a recommendation in order to protect the process and residents.

To learn more about the Planning Process, please visit the dedicated Burlington Planning Process page on the City’s website.

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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2 thoughts on “City of Burlington Looking for Feedback on Development Application Submitted for 535-551 Brant St. in Ward 2”

  1. It is my hope that the revised city plan will accord us the opportunity to ensure that our zoning restrictions will be respected. In the past many years I have been disheartened to learn that the interests of area developers are asserted and forced upon the residents of Burlington.
    There is much we should have learned from the skyrise legacy left by mayor Goldring. From the darkening downtown streets, hair-raising wind tunnel effect that races around the lakeshore, the empty stone lot that lyes in mid town and not so minor variance requests to change retail zoning to office use. All of this slowly but steadily picks away at what made downtown Burlington an enjoyable place.
    I hope the new mayor can deliver on the promise of keeping Burlington beautiful and a place residents and visitors can enjoy.

  2. Please no more HIGH RISES downtown; the skyline has already been compromised with current new high rises and I’m saddened about the approved ones along Brant in process of being built and approved Traffic flow is an issue and PARKING, well there is not enough! I have been a resident of Burlington for almost 60 years; I live in the downtown core and work on Brant Street. I consistently hear from customers “there is no parking; my husband is waiting in the car, we were going to do some shopping along Brant but we’ll try to come back another day”! We don’t need more residents in the downtown, we need the visitors, businesses need the visitors…visitors need PARKING.”

    Create small “green spaces “ that allow for parking (not permit parking) – that create more of a reason for visitors to relax, stay awhile, shop more!!!!! PLEASE no more high rises in the downtown!!!

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Media Specialist: John Bkila
john.bkila@burlington.ca
905-335-7600