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Delegate on the Downtown Burlington Policies in Adopted OP at Dec. 5 Planning and Development Committee Meeting

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*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. – Nov. 26, 2019 — Discussion about the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan will continue at a Burlington City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reconvening at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall in Council Chambers at 426 Brant St.

At the meeting, City staff will:

  • provide an overview of the project;
  • present a report that highlights the themes, principles and land-use concepts developed to show two possible concepts for how downtown Burlington could accommodate growth and development in the future; and
  • share a preliminary review of the public feedback received to date and preliminary directions.

Register to speak at the meeting

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for input from the public and City Council. To register as a delegate to speak to Council at the meeting, please visit Opportunities to delegate at 6:30 p.m. are available.

Next steps

Following the Dec. 5 discussion at the Planning and Development Committee, City staff will take the input of the public and Council to inform the development of a single recommended concept for downtown Burlington that will be presented to Burlington City Council early in 2020.

“We would like to extend our thanks to everyone in the community who has continued to be engaged and actively participate in the discussion about the future of Burlington’s downtown. The two downtown concepts created represent just two of the possible ways we could achieve the vision for the downtown and accommodate the growth and development that will continue to happen in downtown Burlington. We look forward to continuing the discussion with City Council and the public at the Dec. 5 committee meeting.” — Heather MacDonald, Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility

Quick Facts

  • Early in 2019, Burlington City Council directed City staff to re-examine the downtown policies in Burlington’s adopted Official Plan, including the height and density of buildings. As part of this work, the City has hosted a series of public engagement opportunities designed to give the community the chance to provide meaningful input on the community’s vision for the downtown, both online and in person.
  • During the first phase of public engagement in August and September 2019, participants were asked to identify what matters most to them about downtown Burlington; what they like and dislike; what they want to see protected as the downtown continues to grow; and what they want to see more of in the downtown.
  • A feedback report summarizing what the City heard during the first phase of public engagement is available online at
  • Feedback gathered from the first phase of engagement was used to inform the development of two concepts that show two possible ways downtown Burlington could accommodate growth and development in the future. In the second phase of public engagement in October and November, participants were asked to share their input about these two concepts which will be used to inform the development of a single recommended concept for downtown Burlington that will be presented to Burlington City Council in early 2020.
  • A vote to endorse any changes to the policies that will guide development in the downtown until 2031 will be made by Burlington City Council by March 2020.

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Your continued input is integral to our decision-making process and ensuring we get the right plan for our downtown.

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

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