Approved at council May 9: Cycling options on New St, pop-up patios, parking partnerships, older adult tax deferral, Lakeshore Rd work

The following items were approved at committee meetings in April and will come to City Council May 9 6:30pm for final approval. Residents can attend and speak by registering in advance: Register as a delegation:
Pop up patio

  1. Recommendations to make pop-up patios permanent were approved by the Development and Infrastructure Committee April 19. Up to 10 patios will be permitted, from May to October. Each patio takes two parking spaces; the restaurant pays for the lost revenue. To date, two restaurants have applied for this year, both on Brant Street. See article below for more details:

Pilot pop-up patios may be permanent 

  1. The April 19 Development & Infrastructure Committee approved the “as tendered” option for cycling facilities from Martha St to Guelph Ln. That includes a full bike lane on the north side, and sharrows on the south side. One travel lane in each direction and a centre turn lane remain. East of Guelph to Burloak, staff will report back to committee in July with options and costs for cycling infrastructure. A drop-in style Public Information Centre to outline these options is planned for: Tues. May 24, 6pm-9pm, Robert Bateman High School cafeteria, 5151 New St. See article below for more details:

Cycling options on New St- it ain’t over yet

  1. The April 19 Development & Infrastructure Committee approved a report outlining criteria for public-private parking partnerships. The criteria specify when the city might consider partnering with a private developer to add a level of underground public parking in a new commercial or residential development in the downtown. Through such partnerships the city could incrementally add parking supply, and disperse it throughout the downtown, rather than put parking in a single stand alone parking garage. For more details see article below:

Report: Downtown parking sufficient; criteria developed for future partnerships to build more

4. The Bellview rezoning project was approved, consisting of a residential plan of subdivision with five lots and a private roadway at 1167 Bellview Crescent, and approval of rezoning to permit seven detached dwellings. See article below for more details:

Approval of five lots & seven homes at 1167 Bellview recommended

5. The April 19 Development and Infrastructure Committee approved a recommendation from staff to participate in the older adult tax deferral program. The program allows seniors who earn under $44,800 annually to apply for a loan to defer their property taxes. Interest on the loan would be paid by Halton Region; the loan would be repayable upon sale of the home. See article below for more details:

City considers participation in older adults property tax deferral program

  1. The April 19 Development and Infrastructure  approved the award of tender for road work from Maple Ave/Lakeshore Road to New-Alliance Ltd. Features of the road include raising it above the flood proof elevation and adding sidewalks and on-road bike lanes, among other features. The total project cost is $5,370,000, with Halton Region funding  $1,436,000. More details are below:

Lakeshore Road work (Maple Avenue to Skyway Treatment Plant)





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.

As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington.

The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful.

Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

What's your take?

Register for Bike to School week by May 6 & get entered in draw for bike rack

Ask the councillor May 2016: business compost pickup; parking in beach strip; pedestrian island & light at Lakeshore/Pearl; turn lane Brant/Maplewood