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Burlington City Council Passes Recommendations from Nov. 5 and 12 Planning and Development Committee Meetings

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If you missed our Burlington City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, here are some of the highlights of what we did — for a full recap of all the recommendations carried by Council from the Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 Planning and Development Committee (P&D) meetings, please click the respective links: Post-Meeting Minutes – Planning and Development Committee_Nov05_2019 / Post-Meeting Minutes – Planning and Development Committee – Public_Nov12_2019 / Post-Meeting Minutes – Regular Meeting of Council_Nov18_2019.

 

• 2020 BUDGET OVERVIEW — Finance Department report, moved by Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna at committee (Item was referred from the Nov. 4 COW meeting)

Receive and file the proposed 2020 budget book; and Direct staff to present the recommendations in Appendix A to finance department report F-46-19 to the Committee of the Whole – Budget meetings of Dec. 10 and 12, 2019 for review and approval, taking into consideration committee amendments.

Carried unanimously by Council.

Staff report: F-46-19 2020 Budget Overview / Appendix: F-46-19 Appendix F – Public Engagement Feedback

MY TAKE:

This report is an overview of the 2020 budget. In-depth budget talks will take place next month on Dec. 10 and 12. At that time, Council will have the opportunity to bring our Budget Action Requests (BARs) that reflect the input we have heard from residents.

 

• RECOMMENDATION REPORT FOR 143 BLUE WATER PLACE & 105 AVONDALE COURT  — Department of Community Planning report, moved by Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte at committee:

  • Approve the zoning by-law amendment application submitted by Bloomfield Developments to rezone the property at 143 Blue Water Place & 105 Avondale Court from “R1.2” to “R1.2-502” and “O2” to permit eight detached dwellings fronting a public road on the basis that it conforms to the Provincial Policy Statement, the Places to Grow Act and the Regional Official Plan; and
  • Adopt Zoning By-law 2020.417, attached as Appendix B to department of city building report PB-69-19, rezoning the lands at 143 Blue Water Place & 105 Avondale Court from “R1.2” to “R1.2-502” and “O2”; and
  • Deem that Zoning By-law 2020.417 conforms to the Official Plan of the City of Burlington; and
  • Approve the application submitted by Bloomfield Developments Inc. to draft approve a residential plan of subdivision consisting of eight lots, four blocks, and a public road at 143 Blue Water Place and 105 Avondale Court, as shown in Appendix A of department of city building report PB-69-19, subject to the conditions contained in Appendix C of that report; and
  • Direct the Executive Director of Capital Works to include for consideration the development of the Blue Water Window-to-the-Lake as part of the 2021 Capital Budget and Forecast; and

Moved by me at committee:

  • Direct the Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility to remove the requirement for sidewalks in the conditions of subdivision approval for 143 Blue Water Place and 105 Avondale Court; and
  • Direct the Executive Director of Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services to report back on potential cost of expanding Block 2 beyond 5% parkland dedication.

Carried by a 5-2 vote by Council, with Councillors Angelo Bentivegna and Paul Sharman voting against.

Staff report: PB-69-19 – 143 Blue Water Place Recommendation Report.

MY TAKE:

This file has come light years from when it was first proposed, thanks to the community input. My vision 100 years from now, and I would love to play my part today in achieving that vision 100 years from now, is a continuous path from Niagara Falls to Ottawa along our public waterfront. Imagine what that would do for public access to the waterfront, for tourism, for anything that we value. A continuous pathway. I think the worst decision that any council has ever made was to sell public waterfront land to settle for a window to the lake.

 

• CANNABIS PRODUCTION STUDY – STAGE TWO WORK PLAN — Department of City Building – Planning, Building and Culture report, moved by Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith at committee.

Direct the Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility to proceed with the “Stage Two” Work Plan of the Cannabis Production Study, as outlined in department of community planning report PB-68-19.

Carried by a 6-1 vote by Council, with Councillor Shawna Stolte voting against.

Staff report: PB-68-19 Cannabis Production Study / Appendices: PB-68-19_Appendix A_Licence Types and PB-68-19_Appendix B_Food for Feedback Results

MY TAKE:

We have to get on with this because we know there are businesses looking to locate in Burlington. I’m very proud of how we have engaged this conversation, it has been very respectful. We need to hear all the perspectives. This is not an easy discussion to have and many municipalities chose to check out of it. I think we showed how to do this well and thoughtfully. There are more restrictions on cannabis than alcohol. You cannot be inside the premises if you are underage. I think we’re taking a thoughtful approach to allowing a legal business operate in our city and not stigmatize it. The process has been eye-opening for me. I’m proud of how we as a community, collectively, have approached this issue.

 

• INFORMATION REPORT FOR 2093, 2097 and 2101 OLD LAKESHORE ROAD and 2096 and 2100 LAKESHORE ROAD — Department of City Building – Planning, Building and Culture report, moved by Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan at committee.

Receive and file department of city building report PB-72-19 regarding official plan and rezoning amendments for 2093, 2097, 2101 Old Lakeshore Road and 2096, 2100 Lakeshore Road.

Carried unanimously by Council.

Staff report: PB-72-19 Statutory Public Meeting – 2093, 2097, 2101 Old Lakeshore, 2096, 2100 Lakeshore

MY TAKE:

This is a receive and file of the information report. No decision is being made yet — that will come at some in 2020 after the Interim Control Bylaw is lifted in March 2020.

When we consider what good planning is, and that’s our job around the Council table, we have to decide what is good intensification. I’m not of the opinion anything goes, the sky’s the limit. In fact, good planning does have limits. We have from the Province, and delivered through Halton Region, our best planning estimates — those are important because they tell us what infrastructure is required to support that growth. When we’re asked to ignore those best planning estimates, we ignore the infrastructure required to support this — that’s not good planning.

Also, our development charges intended for growth to pay for growth are based on best planning estimates. So, when those are completely ignored, we’re not collecting enough DCs and that means taxpayers are on the hook and that’s not good planning. When folks come forward and say there are no minimums, technically that’s correct in the provincial mandates, but there are limits based on infrastructure, financial planning and best planning estimates. This application is wildly divergent from of our vision and plans, and it doesn’t reflect the vision Council has for public access to waterfront.

The OP for this area requires land assembly and acquisition of waterfront to be given to the public in order to go from 8 to 15 storeys. We now have an application for 27 storeys that provides none of that community benefit. When I asked the developer why they were disregarding that vision, they didn’t say the planning vision was wrong, they just said it was hard to achieve. Good planning is always hard to achieve when you are trying to do what is best for the community — not just today, but 100 years from now.

 

• RECOMMENDATION REPORT FOR 2421-2431 NEW STREET — Department of City Building – Planning, Building and Culture report, moved by me at committee.

Recommendation was carried unanimously by Council.

  • Modified approval of the applications for official plan and zoning by-law amendments made by TRG (New-Guelph) Inc. (c/o Weston Consulting), 2100 Old Lakeshore Road, Burlington ON L7R 1A3, to permit the development of two (2) joined 11-storey buildings on the site consisting of a retirement home building and a residential apartment building; and
  • Approve Official Plan Amendment No. 117 to the City of Burlington Official Plan, as contained in Appendix B to department of city building report PB-32-19, to re-designate the lands located at 2421-2431 New Street from “Neighbourhood Commercial” to “Residential High Density” and to modify the “Residential High Density” policies to include site specific policy for the subject lands; and
  • Deem that Section 17(21) of The Planning Act has been met; and
  • Instruct the City Clerk to prepare the necessary by-law adopting Official Plan Amendment No. 117 as contained in Appendix B to department of city building report PB-32-19 to be presented for approval at the same time as the associated by-law to amend Zoning By-law 2020, as amended, for the development proposal; and
  • Approve, in principle, the zoning regulations provided in Appendix C to department of city building report PB-32-19, to rezone the lands at 2421-2431 New Street from Neighbourhood Commercial “NC” to a site specific Residential High Density “RH4-503” with a Holding “H” prefix, subject to Residential Development Agreement conditions as provided in Appendix D to department of city building report PB-32-19 and the provision of Community Benefits; and
  • Direct the Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility to hold discussions with the applicant to secure community benefits in accordance with Section 37 of the Planning Act and Part VI, Section 2.3 of the City’s Official Plan, as they relate to the requested increase in height and density on the subject property, and to return to Council with a report outlining the recommended community benefits and the implementing Zoning By-law Amendment.

Staff report: PB-32-19 2421-2431 New Street – Recommendation

MY TAKE:

Burlington is open for business. It’s always been open for business and we will say yes to good developments. I applaud the applicants on this file for the work they brought forward — it was easy to say yes to. I hope it inspires future applications that come in.

I support application because the changes and modifications to it have improved it. I do want to commend the residents for their very thoughtful and detailed feedback. I can appreciate the concerns over density. From the comments from staff, I believe those will be addressed. The use of the facility is very top of mind for me — we know we need seniors’ housing. I think the use will also address the traffic concerns. I am concerned with some of the loss of the commercial space there. I am hoping the existing tenants will be able to relocate in the neighbourhood. This site does need redevelopment. The residents made me think a lot about this one, but I think the modifications are what ultimately led me to support it.

 

— Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

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

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