Residents encouraged to attend OMB hearing May 1 on Pinedale towers and register as participants

Residents are being encouraged to attend and register as participants in the Ontario Municipal Board hearing May 1 on the proposed towers at 5111 New St. (Appleby Mall).  That was the takeaway from a recent Ward 5 Town Hall where discussion of the application took up much of the evening.

The OMB hearing begins at 10am, in Room 247 at City Hall. Anyone can attend and listen.

By registering as a participant, residents gain the right to share their views with the board about the proposal. The board considers this feedback in making a decision.

There is no cost to participate, however you must attend in person to register; alternatively, you can send another participant with a letter to be given to the board expressing your interest in participating.

Participant statements are usually heard at the end of the hearing, after evidence has been presented by the parties to the hearing (in this case the applicant and the city).

The 5111 New St application proposes two towers fronting onto Pinedale:

  • 12 storey building with 132 units
  • 17 storey building with 192 units

The applicant ran into servicing issues that stalled the application. They recently appealed the proposal to the board on the grounds of non-decision by the city within the legislated time frame.

More information about the application is available on the city’s webpage dedicated to this proposal: 5111 New St.

You can also contact the planner on the file:

Name: Suzanne McInnes
Mailing Address:
426 Brant St.,
Burlington, ON
L7R 3Z6
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7555


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.

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  1. This has to be one of the most ridiculous proposals I have ever seen for several reasons: 1) the area for the development is much too small; 2) there is insufficient parking space in the mall now as it is. This development will only exacerbate the problem and cause many people to shop elsewhere; 3) the development is much too close to the street; 4) the development will create a huge shadow on the townhouse project to the north; 5) there previously was a gas station at the intersection of Appleby and Pinedale which had a history of serious leakage problems.

    A bad design + a bad development = a bad deal for Ward 5.

  2. Close to amenities and transit. Feels like it might overcrowd my local shopping node a little, but better here than overbuilding our core. Provided parking will be important.

    • Over crowding is an understatement – unless there was 0 cars added – however with the 2 elementary schools pedestran traffic – the 2 seniors living complexes and – unless the city is committed to a major expansion in the Pinedale Avenue area for road – it would be accidents and grid lock

    • I read the parking report. It seems the parking allotted to the condo is sufficient (assuming it’s not 2 car couples in their mainly 1 br condos), but the parking report suggests that there is ample parking available even considering the spring garden centre. I imagine they will not continue the garden centre at the current scale. I am more concerned that the current traffic flow within the centre is poorly thought out, with a the main pathway going immediately in front of the grocery store doors, which becomes a real danger with increased use and the anticipated increased frustration to find parking. Looking at the plan they should consider another road access away from the stores, close to the condos to allow more direct access in and out, rather than threading it all past the stores.

  3. Looks like it would be a good addition to the area. Walking distance to the stores at the mall, very close to Appleby GO, and easy access along Appleby Line or Burloak to the QEW.

    • What they want to put in that small space is ridiculous. Totally overcrowding my neighbourhood. What is happening to our “MID-SIZED” city? Another way for our city to collect more taxes with no thought to the neighbourhoods that are being destroyed. Keep the garden centre and the small community feel that we all love.

    • Kelly Bailey We live in downtown Burlington..and you are just so right! “Overcrowding my neighbourhood”!!! It’s all just so discouraging. And I feel just like you…money (taxes) is the bottom line..I drove by the Fairview Go Train the other day. Just cannot believe the size of that condo!! This “City”

    • Linda Turner That condo by the GO train is huge, but at least it is appropriately placed–close to transit. The ones planned for either side of James at Brant and those down on the Lakeshore lack any reasonable water or traffic infrastructure. There’s no taxes to be gained when the cost to the city as a whole is so high.

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