Sale of New Street homes alarms residents

For Sale signs have gone up on a whole row of bungalows on New Street between Seneca Ave. and Stinson Ave., offering them as “Exclusive” for redevelopment, and that has area residents concerned about what might replace them.

Adding to the concern is a letter received by residents on Stinson Ave and Fairleigh Place, which back on to the row of homes, asking if they’d like to get in on the project and sell their homes for redevelopment.

The letter, from the Edwards Team of S. Todd Real Estate Ltd., states: “There are six lots in a row that are ready to act should a developer show interest in the location. If you would like to potentially take part in a development project and sell your lot, please feel free to contact us.”


Letter from Real Estate Brokerage inviting the sale of property
Letter from Real Estate Brokerage inviting the sale of property

To date, no applications have been submitted to the city for any redevelopment. The lots are zoned R3.2, which allows low density residential, detached dwellings with a two-storey maximum.

See R-zone permitted uses
See Zoning- New Street (2)

My Take:

Unless council begins to uphold our own Zoning Bylaws and Official Plans, and resists proposals to change them, residents will continue to be concerned every time a For Sale sign appears in their neighbourhoods. Residents, and developers, alike are looking for certainty about how Burlington neighbourhoods will be developed. Council can provide this certainty by sticking to our own Official Plan and Zoning, and that has been and will continue to be my goal. I will support residential development that protects urban greenspace, neighbourhood character and, importantly, respects our Official Plan and Zoning Bylaws which have been approved by three levels of government (city, region, province) and take into account our provincial growth targets. We can meet our intensification targets by following our own plan, and it’s critical that we do so or we surrender the community’s vision for our neighbourhoods to site-by-site meal proposals from developers.

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Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. I am a very concerned SENECA AVE. home owner who opposes any zoning changes to our neighborhood. We bought our homes knowing the area was zoned as single family dwelling and elected our counselor knowing she would speak for us to protect the neighborhood. I hope we can trust that it is true.

  2. I am alarmed but not surprised by this latest development. I contacted Marianne when I first noticed the “lot for development” signs showing up on the row of houses on New St.

    I live on the south side of Fairleigh Pl. If my neighbours to the north fold, we are faced with the prospect of facing a parking lot or the backside of a three storey back-to-back townhouse right at the property line. Not what I ever anticipated in my wildest dreams when I bought on this quiet cul-de-sac of modest mid-century homes twenty years ago. This will utterly ruin the character of this unique neighbourhood and we will fall like dominos.

    Residents need to speak up and stop this rampant greed and as Marianne notes, city council needs to uphold zoning vs. cave to developers. Shame on Todd Realty! I know who I’m not using when I sell.

  3. When the Maranantha 6 story condo was proposed on New St at Pine Cove, most residents thought there was no way this could get approved. There is no building taller than 2 story’s from Guelph line to Bullock. And the city’s official plan doesn’t permit this.

    But the city Council changed the zoning and rubber stamped it. Even with strong opposition from residents.

    The city government just doesn’t seem to care. They keep pushing ‘intensification’ to justify massive builds.

    Speak up Burlington residents.

  4. Unregulated real estate speculation is fuelling our inflated home prices, making traditional neighbourhoods unaffordable for the seniors who built them as well as young families who would like to grow here. This insanity and culture of greed must be controlled while we still have a chance.

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