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Keeping You Updated on Burlington’s Interim Control Bylaw and Official Plan

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Burlington MPP Jane McKenna.
Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Burlington MPP Jane McKenna.

One of the most integral responsibilities of a politician at any level of government is to keep their constituents and residents as well-informed and updated as possible on what is happening in their municipality.

The City of Burlington, Council and I (through my office) received a letter earlier this week from Burlington MPP Jane McKenna giving residents an update from the Provincial point of view on the City’s process of updating our Official Plan and examining our Major Transit Station (MTSA) and Urban Growth Centre (UGC) designations for the downtown.

I sent MPP McKenna a response, thanking her for her letter and involvement. I have met with her and her team to continue the conversation. We will be working together for Burlington citizens as this complex process continues in the coming months.

Both letters were also sent to our Clerks’ Department and are part of the public record, as part of this past week’s committee meetings on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.

Please click on the following links if you would like to read both letters in their entirety:

— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

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

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2 thoughts on “Keeping You Updated on Burlington’s Interim Control Bylaw and Official Plan”

  1. I sometimes wonder if we are not being drawn into housing trap that unwittingly has become a form of subtle discrimination. Without overtly doing so, affluent cities pass zoning laws, regulations and adopt official plans that do just as much to keep a certain class of people out of the city as they purport to improve it. We’re told that there is strong support for many of the proposed building restrictions even though the outcome of these changes may result in higher home prices. Higher taxes and housing affordability seem to be accepted as the price that needs to be paid to maintain someone’s idea of an ideal city design. A recent article in the Economist pertains to the case in England but I’ve read similar comments for other jurisdictions:

    “…just as pernicious is the creeping dysfunction that housing has created over decades: vibrant cities without space to grow; ageing homeowners sitting in half-empty homes who are keen to protect their view; and a generation of young people who cannot easily afford to rent or buy and think capitalism has let them down. … much of the blame lies with warped housing policies that date back to the second world war and which are intertwined with an infatuation with home ownership. They have caused one of the rich world’s most serious and longest-running economic failures. A fresh architecture is urgently needed.
    At the root of that failure is a lack of building, especially near the thriving cities in which jobs are plentiful. From Sydney to Sydenham, fiddly regulations protect an elite of existing homeowners and prevent developers from building the skyscrapers and flats that the modern economy demands. The resulting high rents and house prices make it hard for workers to move to where the most productive jobs are, and have slowed growth.”

    1. Hi Bob,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Affordable housing in the City is absolutely a priority for Mayor Meed Ward. In March 2019, when the federal government announced in its budget a proposed $300 million to launch a Housing Supply Challenge (intended to encourage municipalities to come up with innovative ways to grow its housing supply), Mayor Meed Ward announced she would make sure Burlington has access to those funds to help meeting the growing need for affordable housing in the City.

      As well, the work currently being undertaken in re-examining the policies for the downtown in the City’s Official Plan is but another step in ensuring the City is positioned to increase the availability of affordable housing for residents; however, she does realize the issue of affordable housing is complex and multi-faceted and will continue working with council and city staff towards ensuring the City of Burlington creates as many ways as possible to meet the housing needs of our residents. Thinking creatively and partnering with the Region and our local developers is an essential part of this ongoing process.

      Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website and sharing this helpful article.

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