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Eight motions proposed for balanced growth, not overintensification downtown

To Planning & Development Committee Jan. 23 1 and 6:30 pm

Downtown precinct plan

Analysis & Opinion – I will be bringing eight motions to the Jan. 23 Planning and Development committee to ensure balanced development, rather than overintensification downtown.

The summary of motions is below. You can read more in the my supporting memo with rationale, and powerpoint, on the Jan. 23 agenda.

Read my earlier article with detailed mapping on these motions (first proposed for the Nov. 30 meeting, which is being continued Jan. 23): Changes needed to downtown plan

Residents can attend and speak. Details on how to do that are below.

Summary of Motions:

Motion: 1
Defer approval of Official Plan till after the 2018 Municipal Election

Motion: 2
Direct staff to discuss with the Region and province the possibility of removing the mobility hub classification for the downtown, and shifting
the Urban Growth Centre from downtown to the Burlington GO station.

Motion: 3
Direct staff to work with the Region of Halton to review the Downtown Urban Growth Centre boundaries, and consider restoring original boundaries with the exception of Spencer Smith Park.

Motion 4:
• 4A) Retain the current height restriction of 4 storeys (with permission to go to 8 storeys with community benefits) for the Downtown Core Precinct

• 4B) Include a range of heights in the precinct, to help secure community benefits during redevelopment

• 4C) Include policies to allow additional density in developments
that preserve heritage buildings, as a factor of square footage preserved.

Motion 5:
• 5A) Height restriction of 3 storeys along Brant Street with permission togo to 11 storeys along John Street frontage only with the provision of
community benefits.
• 5B) Remove special policy area at the South East corner Brant/James. (Special policy area would allow up to 17 storeys)

Motion 6: Mid-Rise Residential Precinct:
• 6A) Add the north west corner of Burlington Avenue and Lakeshore
Road to the special planning area (6 storeys) to match the north east
• 6B) Reduce height both sides to 3 storeys.

Motion 7: Cannery Precinct:
Reduce the cannery district at the north east corner of Lakeshore
Road and Brant Street to 15 storeys. (Currently proposed at 22)

Motion 8: Upper Brant Precinct:

• 8A) Remove East side of Brant from Blairholm to Prospect
• 8B) Remove West side of Brant from Blairholm to Olga

Have Your Say

You can register as a delegation by noon Jan. 22 to speak at the Jan. 23 Planning & Development committee. Note which session, 1 or 6:30, you wish to speak at.

Additional days are scheduled Wed. Jan. 24, and Thurs. Jan. 25 at 1 and 6:30pm if we are not finished with questions of staff and motions. All meetings are open to the public to attend, and are live webcast and archived on the city website with the agenda and meetings for the meeting. (Search for the meeting date on the city calendar to see agenda, minutes and webcast).


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

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  1. The Cannery (BrantSt./Lakeshore) should be part of the Downtown Precinct. The proposed developer should not have the rights to put in is bid for this to be a separate precinct in order to feel that he is entitled to what Bridgewater’s heights are. This is part of the downtown Brant Street. Please put this on your or Mayor Goldrings list of urgent to do’s!

  2. Our thoughts on this pivotal issue are on record but we will be in attendance at any and all meetings to see how this most important issue unfolds. Aside from all the other questions that have been raised we hope to learn how it came to be that the developers were so far ahead of our Mayor and city council in knowing what was coming in the proposed new official plan? People ‘in the know’ were telling us as long ago as last summer that we would be shocked to learn what was going to happen to our downtown in the next few years and they were right!

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More money for transit, fields in operating budget; results in city tax increase of 4.46%, 2.59% overall when blended with Region/Education

Burlington Official Plan

No need to rush approval of Burlington’s Official Plan