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City Hall Plan Radically Changes Canada’s Best Mid-sized City

Burlington deserves a better plan

On January 16th, city staff want approval to fundamentally alter Burlington’s downtown by adding height and density throughout the downtown. 

Height will go from 4-8 storeys in the Downtown Core Precinct to up to 17. This area covers most of the east side of Brant from James to Pine over to Pearl.

North of Blairholm to Graham’s Lane & Prospect in the new Upper Brant Precinct, height will increase from 4–8 storeys to 25 storeys. 

The urban growth centre boundaries have changed to include parts of stable neighbourhoods, including the Lion’s Club park and neighbourhood to the north between Pearl and Martha. This area will see possible density increases to 200 people or jobs per hectare.

Planning staff also recommends permitting semi-detached homes in the St Luke’s and Emerald Precincts, and all low-density downtown neighbourhoods. Protection to limit semis to the same lot coverage as single family homes, at 25%, and the same Floor Area Ratio, to avoid monster semis covering most of the lot will be considered later.

The downtown is already on track to meet its growth targets with the current plan

This is a bad deal for Burlington – by giving away height and density – the city gets nothing new –  just tall buildings and more congestion.

Tell council to vote no on January 16th.

Canada’s best mid-sized city deserves a better plan.

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City Hall Plan Changes Canada's Best Mid-Sized City

City staff want approval to fundamentally alter Burlington’s downtown by adding height and density throughout the downtown. 

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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