Yesterday, I sent out an update through our dedicated Millcroft Newsletter. Click the link or read below for the full update.
City of Burlington staff have reviewed the Millcroft Greens application for redevelopment of lands in the Millcroft Golf Club and have now deemed it complete. Now that the application is complete, the supporting materials and technical comments are available on the City’s Millcroft Greens webpage for the public to view. You can access the dedicated webpage here.
With the application being deemed complete, the 120-day clock has started. This means that City Council must make a decision on the application within this time frame or risk an appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal for “non-decision.” Staff will bring a recommendation to council within this time frame.
The recommendation could be one of the following:
- Refuse the application
- Recommend approval, or modified approval subject to conditions
- Ask council to grant more time for review. However, this option would expose the city to a non-decision appeal to the LPAT and it not my preferred route on this file.
Opportunities for input
There are several additional opportunities for public input during this 120 period, including an additional community meeting, a Statutory Public Meeting of City Council, presentation to City Council’s standing committee on Community Planning Regulation and Mobility, and presentation to City Council. As these dates are set, the community will be notified and given information about how to participate. All meetings will be conducted virtually, due to COVID-19.
Impact of New Official Plan
Many of you have asked what impact the new Official Plan (OP) will have on this application. The appeal period closed just before Christmas, and by the deadline 45 appeals had been submitted. Until those appeals are resolved, the old OP is in legal force and effect place.
However, some items to note:
- The entire plan cannot be appealed. Appellants must specify which section of the plan they are appealing and why.
- Those parts of the new Official Plan that have not been appealed went into effect immediately upon the close of the appeal period, and are now legally binding.
- Though the old Official Plan remains legally binding on those sections of the new Official Plan that are currently under appeal, Council and City Staff can use the new OP to inform our thinking.
In coming weeks, staff will do a detailed review of each of the appeals, including which parts of the New Official Plan are affected. Once that review is complete, we will let residents know the impact, if any, on the Millcroft Green proposal.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to my office or your city councillor.