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Mayor, Regional Chair ask Hydro One CEO for Support in Relocating, Burying Transmission Lines at Burlington Beach Regional Park

Burlington's Beachway Park Halton Region Waterfront Plan

Last week, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr and I sent a letter to the CEO of Hydro One regarding a request for Hydro One Inc. support to relocate and/or bury transmission lines to implement the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan. Please click this link (Letter to Mark Poweska – Hydro One Networks Inc – Nov. 12, 2020) or see below.

November 12, 2020

Mark Poweska, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hydro One Networks Inc.

 

Dear Mr. Poweska,

At the Halton Regional Council meeting on October 21, 2020, Council received an update to the implementation of the Burlington Beach Waterfront Park, an exciting initiative of benefit to the local community and beyond. We are threfore writing to bring an issued to your attention that is specific to the successful implementation of the park.

In 2015, Halton Regional Council approved a Master Plan for the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park, in the City of Burlington. The Master Plan proposed a year-round waterfront park that will draw visitors from the City, the Region and beyond. The approved Master Plan is a source of pride for the City of Burlington. It defines the vision for this park and its attractions, while allowing for the restoration and protection of the beach and une ecosystem and the natural heritage areas.

In development the Master Plan the presence of the transmission lines was identified as visually and physically obtrusive, detracting from the vision for the park. As such, Regional Council overwhelmingly supported the relocation and/or burial of the transmission lines as part of the overall Master Plan.

We are writing to you to seek your team’s full cooperation to support Halton Region and the City of Burlington in relocating and/or burying the transmission lines at the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park. While we understand that Regional and City staff teams are working with your team to explore options, it is imperative that we underscore the importance of this initiative from the perspective of Regional Council and the Halton community. At the Regional Council meeting of October 21st, Council support funding to undertake a more detailed study to support the removal and/or burying of transmission towers and lines in the beach area.

We thank you and your staff’s ongoing support and movement on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Gary Carr, Regional Chair

Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington

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11 thoughts on “Mayor, Regional Chair ask Hydro One CEO for Support in Relocating, Burying Transmission Lines at Burlington Beach Regional Park”

  1. These transmission lines have got to go. They’re re an incredible eye sore through one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. The process to make this happen is a lengthy and complex one that should be initiated now. I applaud our public officials for having explored this and for wanting to move forward. There’s no reason why Hydro One wouldn’t want to support this. It will do wonders for their public image. Property values will go up. Investments and developments will continue. There are many ways to approach this. First step, make a plan. Let’s discuss!

  2. This beach was once the crown jewel of the Golden Horseshoe. I fully support revitalizing the area for future generations and relocating those powerlines.
    Also, this is project has been in the works for a long time. Attracting people to a commercial center and beautiful area will pay dividends and so what a great investment it will be. Thats how it works people.

  3. If this was in the plans, I feel it should be on the back burner for a very long time. We are now in a pandemic and should be looking at “needs” not “wants”. Let developers pay for this, if necessary. We have seniors without care, nurses and doctors worked off their feet, not enough long term care beds, postal depots working around the clock (handling On-line Shopping) and we are discussing hiding some cables…

    1. Fully agree! You have to wonder why moving hydro towers is more important than fixing roads, filling potholes, synchronizing traffic lights, building more parkland, buying non-polluting buses, increasing leaf pickup, enforcing bylaws more effectively, funding libraries, supporting free parking at hospitals and downtown areas…. list goes on!

      Towers certainly not a priority! This should have been considered at the time they were planning the installation. Perfect example of ad hoc planning!

  4. I am puzzled about the concern about the hydro towers. They don’t smell (like the water treatment plant and the gunk on the beach. And they are not noisy like the highway.

  5. It is unnecessary and will be very expensive. We are in a situation that has put Ontario in much debt. Where is this money coming from? Build around it. Of course if condos were to be built there their there view would not be desirable. But of course there is no plans for condos

  6. The cables and insulators of this transmission line were replaced just a few years ago at great expense. Now you are asking them to remove them?

    For the cables to be buried will entail major costs and construction will disrupt the beach strip for a very long time probably summer months.
    I personally do not think the towers are unsightly and they can only be moved to the other side of the strip or perhaps the Burlington substation can be fed from a Hamilton location.

    I feel this is an unnecessary expense that Hydro One would not provide free and therefore costs would be borne by the City/Region for very little gain.

    Just my opinion

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