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Staff Report on UGC, MTSA Downtown Designations Coming to Burlington’s CPRM Aug. 11

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One of the key items on the agenda for next week’s Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility (CPRM) Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 11 is a staff report with recommendations on the Downtown Urban Growth Centre (UGC) and Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) designations.

The staff recommendation calls for Halton Region to adjust the boundary of the Downtown UGC to align with the lands around the Burlington GO Station, while removing the MTSA designation from our downtown. It also asks the Province to support the changes in Halton’s Official Plan Review.

The full recommendation is below, while you can view the staff report via this link: PL-33-20 Downtown UGC and MTSA Designations.

Staff recommendation:

Request the Region of Halton, through its Municipal Comprehensive Review of the Regional Official Plan, to adjust the boundary of the Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre to generally align with the lands in proximity to the Burlington GO Station; and

Direct the Director of Community Planning to provide all related planning studies and background information to the Region to support the adjustment of the Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre boundary; and

Direct the Director of Community Planning to work with the Region of Halton through its Municipal Comprehensive Review of the Regional Official Plan to remove the Major Transit Station Area designation from the downtown and delineate the boundaries of all other Major Transit Station Areas in Burlington; and

Direct the Director of Community Planning to work with the Region of Halton to implement a staged approval of its Municipal Comprehensive Review of their Official Plan through Section 26 of the Ontario Planning Act to prioritize the above issues; and

Request Provincial support of the Region of Halton Municipal Comprehensive Review of its Official Plan, including the adjustment of the boundary of the Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre and make all necessary modifications to Provincial mapping; and

Direct the Director of Community Planning to prepare the appropriate amendments to the City of Burlington Official Plan upon Provincial approval of the Region of Halton Municipal Comprehensive Review of its Official Plan to remove the Major Transit Station Area designation in the downtown and to reflect the adjusted boundary of the Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre.

— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

MY TAKE:
These are huge milestones for us in controlling the pressures of overdevelopment and will help inform the work we are doing on the downtown in the fall.

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4 thoughts on “Staff Report on UGC, MTSA Downtown Designations Coming to Burlington’s CPRM Aug. 11”

  1. This is too little, far too late. All the applications, building starts and LPAT decisions are pretty well baked into the downtown already. Council had a chance in early 2019 to get working on removing/moving these two designations right away, but instead decided to waste time with consultants and studies to make small changes to the Official Plan, but still within the scope of the current designations. Our downtown is already lost (on paper) and will soon be truly lost as high rise building after building is constructed over the next five to ten years. It won’t be pretty. And it will be your legacy.

    Trying to change the designations now is like closing the barn door after the horse has long fled. And Council must be dreaming in technicolour if it thinks any designations will be pre-dated back in time. The building community will not stand for it.

  2. Charlie Schwartz

    There was an article about an LRT Line running along Fairview Ave from Brant to Appleby, lets just keep it to an article, we don’t need to saddle the cost one of these on Burlington taxpayers like all the other “nice to have” which turn into a “gotta have” regardless of the cost. We’re not all millionaires and don’t need something like this to get people to the downtown core to look at all the high-rise beds going up.

  3. Although I believe that it is appropriate to remove the mobility hub designation from downtown Burlington, I also believe that it is important to build a strong link between the Burlington GO stations and the downtown core
    Rather than relying on bus services travelling on busy streets, is there a possibility for a dedicated travel corridor between Burlington GO and the Brant Street terminal? Is this something that the city Council and city planners are looking into?

  4. It’s unfortunate that this initiative was not undertaken by the previous council and before some of the behemoths now being built were approved, but, better late than never. Our mayor has been true to her word to do everything possible to remedy the problem, so “kudos” to you, MMW. Now let’s just make it happen! .

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

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