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Ontario Land Tribunal Releases Decision on 5111 New St. Development in Burlington

OLT Decision on 5111 New Street

“This project is a shining light on what happens when developers work with the community: better development happens. A huge thank you to residents who came together to shape this project with support from Ward Councillor Paul Sharman, city staff and, of course, the applicant who incorporated the feedback.

This development will bring a variety of needed housing units right beside shops and services. It is the future we see for our aging retail plazas in Burlington and one more way to accommodate and welcome our share of new residents as Burlington continues to grow.” — Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Dec. 6, 2022 —Last week, the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) released its decision in the appeal for the development at 5111 New St.

In 2020, the Tribunal approved a settlement between the City and Appellant to permit infill development of three multi-unit residential buildings of nine, 12 and 12 stories at the Appleby Village Plaza at Appleby Line and New Street. The Tribunal had withheld its order confirming the approval of the settlement while the City and the Appellant provided the Official Plan Amendments (OPA) and Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) in their final forms.

During this time, the Appellant refined its development concept to include retirement home use. In September 2022, Burlington City Council approved an amendment to the Offer to Settle to include ‘retirement home’ as a permitted use. The parties provided the OPA and ZBA in their final form and the Tribunal issued its decision confirming the Tribunal’s order.

City Planning staff’s review of the development and reason for supporting the development has been released by Council and posted on the City’s project webpage.

“Since 2014, the community has been waiting for information about what is going to be built on the parking lot on the north side of the Fortinos at Appleby Village, today we have the answer, and this settlement brings certainty to residents. Of special importance will be the welcome inclusion of a retirement home, which may provide a “close to home” residence for older members of the neighbourhood who are ready to sell their house.” — Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman, City of Burlington

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