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Taking a Closer Look at Downtown Burlington


The City of Burlington is taking another look at the policies in the City’s adopted Official Plan that will guide development in the downtown until 2031. We need your feedback to help shape these policies.

Why is this important?

Downtown Burlington is the core of our community. As the city’s population continues to grow, the downtown policies in Burlington’s adopted Official Plan will determine the placement, scale, and intensity of planned development, impacting the way you experience and navigate this part of the city.

To create policies that reflect the community’s vision for the downtown, the City of Burlington needs to know what you’d like to see in the downtown. Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of public engagement in August to share what matters most to them about the downtown.

Upcoming opportunities

Beginning in mid-October, the City will present two concepts for what the downtown could look like in the future. These concepts will be based on the feedback received from the public in August, combined with other inputs like technical studies and provincial requirements. Members of the public will be asked to comment on what they like and dislike about each concept; this input will help City staff make revisions and move towards a final concept that can be recommended to Council in winter 2020. We hope to hear from as many people as possible who care about the future of downtown.

Stay Informed

Visit and subscribe to the Get Involved Burlington calendar to learn more about upcoming engagement events.

Visit to learn about this project and find upcoming public engagement opportunities, including details of the tours, Action Labs, and surveys described below.

Ways to Participate

  • Attend a Downtown Walking Tour: Take a walking tour of downtown Burlington to get familiar with the areas of downtown that are being re-examined and to understand their present context and possible futures.
  • Attend an Action Lab: Participate in a small, collaborative working group to discuss the two concepts for the future of downtown, and to communicate to the City what you like and dislike about them.
  • Take the survey: Can’t make it to an Action Lab? Share your feedback online at (survey closes Friday, Nov. 15).

Dates, times, and locations for these engagement opportunities will be available online at

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

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  • Be civil. Would you speak this way to a good friend? If not, rewrite.
  • Focus on the issues. Build your argument and make your case in support of your opinion from facts, research or other sources. That way we can all learn. “I disagree with so-and-so because…” is fine; “So-and-so is naïve/stupid  for thinking the way he/she does and here’s why…” is not acceptable.
  • Don’t make personal attacks. Don’t assume motives of those you disagree with, make unfounded allegations, spread rumours, or engage in any other behaviours that would discourage you from participating if someone said this to, or about, you. The Golden Rule applies: Do unto others as you would have done to you. We will edit or not post comments with this type of content.
  • Say it once: When comments from the same individual or individuals become repetitive, going over ground already stated, we reserve the right to close commenting.
  • Use your full, and real, name. If wish to make a comment in public, we expect you will publicly stand behind it with your name. If you don’t want to publicly reveal your name, that’s fine; you are always welcome to share your thoughts with me privately via my email below. I welcome and consider all feedback in making decisions for the community.
  • Have fun, consider and learn. Share your views and read those of others. May we all benefit from a healthy exchange of ideas, and learn a little more about the people in our community, what you think, and what’s important to each of you. You may end up changing your mind about an issue; even if you don’t, we hope everyone will gain a greater understanding of why people have different perspectives.

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