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.
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
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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