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NEW: Take city survey on concepts for Waterfront Hotel Lands by Dec. 5

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Emerging Preferred Concept #1

The City of Burlington is seeking public input on a revised option for redevelopment of the Waterfront Hotel Lands.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, two community workshops took place at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. At the workshops, participants shared their input on an “emerging preferred concept” for the Waterfront Hotel site. This concept had two towers on either side of John St, ranging from 14-18 storeys on the West and 20-25 on the East, with public space between the buildings, some to the West and some to the south.

Emerging Preferred Concept #2

The city heard from many participants that they would like to see more green space on the west side of the study site, next to Spencer Smith Park. Based on this feedback, a “second emerging preferred concept” has been created. It moves the buildings more to the east of the site, with a 4-storey podium connecting them at the foot of John St and along Lakeshore ROad. The heights of the two towers remain the same as in Emerging Preferred Concept #1, at 14-18 on the West and 20-25 on the East.

Take the Waterfront Hotel Study survey to view these emerging concepts and share your feedback. Which one, if any, do you prefer and why?

The input gathered from this survey will be used to help inform a final preferred concept which will be presented to City Council in the new year.

The survey will take approximately two minutes to complete.

In the meantime, City staff will be providing Council with an update on the status and progress of the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study at the Planning and Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Residents can attend, or Register as a Delegation, to provide input to committee on the emerging concept. The staff update report will be available and posted online a week or more before the committee date.

For more information about this study, visit



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11 thoughts on “NEW: Take city survey on concepts for Waterfront Hotel Lands by Dec. 5”

  1. These are NOT your only choices. There is a third alternative lead by concerned Citizens of Burlingtion:

    Sign this petition to drive a process lead by concerned Citizens which respects the land owner’s rights while preserving greenspace and Spencer Smith’s vision for Burlington’s waterfront. Be part of a solution for future generations.

  2. Sharon Hutchinson

    Citizen’s Plan B concept for the Waterfront Hotel redevelopment is the logical direction to take, unless the City is prepared to buy out the developer and keep the site as greenspace (which is what it should be), for the future of waterfront preservation. Towering waterfront with condos is insane to say the least.

  3. In looking at the choices, is it by design that they are all just square blocks? I believe that two things are more important that height or views on the lake. First, if it is a beautifully designed building, I don’t mind not seeing the water if there is something better to look at! Second, do we have any say in what the uses are? How about putting the Burlington Art Gallery and Joseph Brant museum there, along with a Visitor Centre? Add in retail and residences, and you would have a centre piece for the city that draws visitors.
    We visited Ireland this summer and several towns have done this, using local history and combined destinations to attract visitors. We could do the same here, rather than just a condo and shops.

  4. I think it’s a test to see if we actually care about good design or are fixated on height only. The second design makes no sense. That large 4 story podium in between is for what use? A garage access/turnaround facing directly towards the lake? An extra wide path on the east side when the main entrance is at Brant. No patio facing the lake? The first preferred option is superior in every way that matters.

  5. Please let all the councillors know that when citizen input can be trumped by developers these exercises become a waste of time and create cynicism .
    on the other hand this may catalyze us to throw the bus out !
    Marianne you are the exception that gives us hope .

  6. Hey let’s build a few 30 storey buildings on it. I know it’s not provided for in the official plan but so what? All intensification is good right? Especially if we get a park bench or two out front. (Sarcasm off).

  7. Really? I will take the survey but i see Burlington caving into becoming hi rise city. Potentially 2 here. 1 James/Brant (northwest side) 1maybe SW corner. 1 Martha/Lakeshore . have not discussed downtown mobility hub. Further upBrant, Molinaro
    grouping, 1 Maria/John.
    Why this much intensity? Why is most of our councilors pushing for height when Oakville, Milton, Georgetown, Acton enjoy lower vibrant downtown. I see congestion. I see frustration. I see hi cost living. I see business leaving downtown. I
    Prove me wrong– i hope

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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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