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.