Burlington’s downtown population is set to grow dramatically, but without enough parkland. This reveals another shortcoming with intensification.
The mayor and most of council voted on motions that can add 27 high-rises in the downtown.
Downtown parkland will be 0.67 hectares per 1,000 people when including existing parks (Spencer Smith Park, Apeldoorn, Brock, Wellington and City Square parks); the hydro corridor, the waterfront vistas at Bridgewater, pathways, and proposals to convert 2 parking lots to parks.
That’s much less than other municipalities.
Mississauga (the lowest) requires 1.2 hectares per 1,000 people; Oakville mandates 2.2 hectares. Ottawa and Calgary require 2 hectares per 1,000 in new neighbourhoods
Burlington has no parkland standard. We need to change that
Let’s stop the outsized focus of growth on quantity of people; and focus instead on quality of life
Canada’s best mid-sized city deserves a better plan – including reasonable, respectful growth, and sufficient parkland.
Parkland Calculation – UGC method
Based on the population numbers provided by staff – summing all parkland in the Urban Growth Centre. Note the population counts do not include the St Luke’s and Emerald neighbourhoods.
Parkland Calculation – Stats Can Method
Expanding the calculation to broader areas in the downtown core, population counts are based on published Stats Can 2016 numbers for 5 census code areas, then adding the staff growth projections to these figures.