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Taking a Closer Look at Burlington’s Downtown – Process Update


At next week’s May 12 Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee, City staff will provide Council with an update on the Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown process.

In a memo to Council (Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown_Process Update_MEMO), staff have outlined a timeline of the next steps.

The Staff Report, the SGL Planning and Design Final Report including recommended policy modifications and technical studies will be released online to the public at the end of May 2020, both on the project page on Get Involved Burlington and the City’s Official Plan pages — the public is encouraged to subscribe to the project mailing list and the Get Involved Burlington project page to get notifications when updates are made and new material is uploaded.

A public meeting will be held at the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee to consider the staff report, the SGL Planning & Design report and the recommended modifications to the adopted Official Plan Policies on September 30, 2020. This will include a presentation from staff and the project consultants and will provide an opportunity for delegations.

The recommendations from the Committee Meeting are expected to go to a Special Council Meeting on October 7, 2020.

The Community Planning Staff report to be released in May will outline the process for receiving and responding to feedback in advance of the Committee date in September.

Written submissions on the materials are welcomed and staff are available to answer questions and discuss issues via email or phone. In order to have a response via phone individuals are asked to call any of the numbers below and leave a detailed message which will be returned promptly. Staff understand and appreciate that not all those interested or affected by the project have access to the internet. Over the course of the summer staff will investigate means of providing copies of materials for review in advance of the public meeting.

A feedback deadline for comments from interested or affected parties, including members of Council will be set for Friday August 28th, 2020. All feedback received by staff in advance of this deadline will be considered in a memo and brought forward for consideration at the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee meeting.

City staff on this file, include:

The City is actively investigating opportunities to support public engagement in a responsible and meaningful way, despite the challenges of the current pandemic situation.


A silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is giving us more time to review and receive public input on the policies. I look forward to seeing the final draft and working with the community to update the plans for the downtown to be more reflective of the community’s vision for our city’s downtown.

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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3 thoughts on “Taking a Closer Look at Burlington’s Downtown – Process Update”

  1. During Council’s “silver lining” review of the Burlington Downtown Development will they allocate time to re-examine and evaluate the Developer’s proposed designs of the buildings/condos/commercial complexes from a Public Health perspective? i.e. examine how close proximity of the proposed working/living spaces, mandated by INTENSIFICATION (squeeze more into less) and such proximity’s contributory impact on the rapid spread of Covid19 type diseases/infections? We’ve seen devastating numbers of infections and deaths in Italy, Spain, UK and other parts of Europe where people live/work/play in closer proximity to one another than we do in Burlington. As praised by the Mayor, our citizenry has worked so well together. Limiting the spread of this infection is a testament to our able leadership and citizen’s cooperation, hard work and sacrifices. In such a flexible fast moving dangerous environment, our lessons learned should be examined, revised where needed, and pro-active solutions implemented whenever the opportunity arises. THIS risk assessment/management review is such an opportunity.

  2. Thank you for the update. I know that the LPAT is not hearing appeals right now, but I understood that some of the 31 appeals made regarding our new proposed OP were minor in nature & could be likely resolved between the parties directly, thus avoiding the time, cost & unpredictability associated with an LPAT appeal. Are such discussions happening now, and is there any sense of how many will still require a full LPAT hearing?

    1. Hi Don, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. With respect to your question, I’m not quite sure at this moment, however, please email us at to keep track of your question and allow us some time to look into it. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

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