What if….developers, businesses and residents could work together to build our downtown – finding common ground instead of fighting?

 7pm / May 13 * May 27 * June 10 /

Your Host: Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 Councillor, Burlington

What if…developers, businesses and residents could work together to build our downtown – finding common ground instead of fighting?

Residents want to help shape development early in the process. I’ve reached out to major land owners downtown, city staff, businesses and residents to launch a discussion about the future of our downtown. Let’s see where we can agree – then try to reflect that in our Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw update.

Workshop 1: May 13, Burlington Lion’s Club, 471 Pearl St.

You’ll learn about existing policies, what’s up for review, where development is likely to occur, and start to map out principles around design, compatibility, height, density, heritage, jobs, office/retail, green space, parking, affordability and more.

Workshop 2: May 27, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.

We’ll roll up our sleeves and discuss “what should go where” on various development parcels downtown. The owner of Brant at Ghent (north & south east sides) has asked for specific input on the two sites before submitting an application.

Workshop 3: June 10, Burlington Lion’s Club, 471 Pearl St

We’ll identify where we have consensus and draft some recommendations for updating the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law.

Workshop 4:

We’ll have a chance to review recommendations by staff for updating our policies, which will ultimately go to council for approval.


The workshops build on each other, but don’t worry if you miss one: materials will be online or by calling. Seating is limited (but free!) so please RSVP your attendance to my assistant, Georgie Gartside, at or 905-335-7600, ext. 7368.

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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