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Video: Stable Neighbourhoods to be Added to Burlington’s Downtown Growth Area

Parts of established neighbourhoods are being added to the urban growth centre, which has a density of 200 people or jobs per hectare. This is only come to light now.
Parts of Burlington's established neighbourhoods are being added to the urban growth centre

Back in 2009, Burlington’s downtown growth boundaries were changed in the Regional and Provincial plans. Burlington’s own downtown growth boundaries will be changed to match their plans.

This has only come to light now.

This means parts of established neighbourhoods are being added to the urban growth centre, which has a density of 200 people or jobs per hectare.

This includes the area bounded by Martha, Caroline Street, and James Street.  This area includes parts of Maria Street and Lion’s Club Park.

It includes Locust between Ontario and Caroline, and Ontario Street between Locust and Hurd Avenue.

The change puts pressure to replace the low-rise character and historic buildings with modern tall buildings.

We need staff to work with the region to change the plan back. We need staff to work with the region to change the plan back. I will be bringing a motion to the Jan. 23 Planning and Development committee to change (or eliminate) the Urban Growth Centre boundaries. Read more here: Changes needed to downtown plan

We can’t approve our downtown plan till these areas are taken out of the growth areas.

Tell council not to rush the plan. Canada’s mid-sized city deserves better.

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6 thoughts on “Video: Stable Neighbourhoods to be Added to Burlington’s Downtown Growth Area”

  1. The JANUARY 23RD motion to change the plans “back” to the low rise character, by changing or eliminating the Urban Growth Centre Boundaries that presently sit on the drawing board to go forward, could be a dream too late in the making. With the Planning and Development Committee having had over a year in some cases to work in conjunction with the developers, I believe the developers have already been coached to move forward to the next level, should they not get what they are presently asking for. Then where to we go with all this??? I believe the Mayor and Councillors need a strong understanding of what stage the Planning and Development’s communications are with all the 31 sitting developments!! A year or more has passed for the majority of the 31, and much time and planning has already been done behind the scenes. We the public only get to attend the formality hearings to choose what is already “over the hill” on sizes, heights, bonuses, extras, etc. etc. e.g. The Bridgewater Condo A – 22 high, is already at 24 with the extra 2 levels of selective design. The Condo B – 7 storeys has now reached another extra 2 floors of designer detail for usage. The first two floors have ceiling heights of what would be 4 floor condo heights. These handouts need to come to an end! If all these extras are for the need of an extra tree for an extra level, and an extra level for a parking spot, and an extra level for $$ to go in the City coffers, etc.etc., then I believe the planning should be downsized to accommodate all this as part and parcel of the finished product. My “Best Wishes” Marianne – stay strong and true!

  2. I applaud your energy, persistence & courage, Marianne. The composition of the P&D Committee & Council that voted 5-2 to approve the ruinous 23-storey Brant & James Street condominium development however remains. Our job/ your job is to persuade at least 3 other Council members to support these motions prior to the January 23rd meeting. I believe in miracles, and that’s what it might require!

  3. Get the City to slow down and seek, listen and act on input from the residents. If not, Burlington will soon be Canada’s former best mid-size city!

  4. I forgot to mention. Ghent Avenue is not even IN the downtown zone. The argument used here was we were “close” to the zone. So zone/schmone, there’s no plan and there’s no protection. The former city planner told us he doesn’t have to pay attention to rules. They are only “guides” for him. Direct quote.

  5. There is a cruel method for terminating employment called “constructive dismissal” where the objective is to make someone so miserable they want to quit.
    I’ve seen a dozen of my good neighbours “quit” the neighbourhood around Ghent Ave. in the last 4 years. That’s what happens when you make their quiet lives into a daily hell of construction noise and dirt… in serving the objective of changing their chosen neighbourhood into one they would never choose.
    People who plan neighbourhoods should have an ounce of consideration for the people who currently live in them, and place the lives they are directly and irrevocably disrupting above their lofty aspirations.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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