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City wins airpark appeal; site alteration bylaw applies

airpark bermThe court has ruled in the city’s favour and is requiring the Burlington Airpark to submit a site alteration permit for land fill activities on the site.

The city was notified late Thursday afternoon, June 30. The court decision will be publicly posted the week of July 4 here:

More information about the ruling and its implications is still to come.


My Take: I’m delighted at this outcome and want to thank area residents and everyone who supported them for their valuable eyes on the street, and patience and perseverance through this. I’d also like to thank staff and council for their support, particularly Councillor John Taylor who has been a strong advocate for action in this matter. The ruling affirms that municipal bylaws apply where they do not encroach into areas of federal jurisdiction. This is a significant decision not just for Burlington but all municipalities where airparks may be engaged in landfill activities. I’ll have more to say on this matter in upcoming articles. Stay tuned!

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Will the permit be issued or denied? Will the city make the owner remove the landfill or is it a fait accompli? I will stay tuned, as you say, Marianne.

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