Categories: DevelopmentDowntown & Waterfront

Staff recommend 18 storeys at Brant/James; vote July 10, to council July 16

THIS JUST IN: City staff are recommending modified approval of an 18 storey highrise at 409 Brant Street, opposite City Hall and across the street from the already approved 23 storey building at 421 Brant St. (17 storeys with a roof top patio counted as another storey.)

The recommendation from staff will go to the Planning and Development Committee July 10, 6:30pm. Any recommendations from this committee will go to CIty Council July 16, 6:30 pm for a final decision. Residents can Register as a Delegation to speak at either meeting. (Registration isn’t required for committee, but pre-registered delegates will be heard first).

The detailed staff report outlining the recommendation and rationale hasn’t yet been released, but should be available online and at City Hall by Friday June 29. I will also post as soon as it is released.

Meantime, the city is circulating a notice to residents who participated in earlier meetings on the application and left their contact information.

The text of the notice is below and can be downloaded here: Brant John James Streets StatPubMtg+RecRptNot3

More to come on this file, including My Take.

Planning Application for: 401, 403,405,409,411 & 413 Brant St., 444,448 & 450 John St., 2002 & 2012 James St.
File: 505-01/18 & 520-01/18

As you may remember from the previous Notice letter that was mailed in March 2018, the City of Burlington has received applications from Reserve Properties Inc. to re-designate and rezone the property located at 401, 403, 405, 409, 411 & 413 Brant Street, 444, 448 & 450 John Street, 2002 & 2012 James Street, as shown on the sketch below. The Planning and Development Committee of Council will be holding a statutory public meeting to consider a staff recommendation for these applications.

The property is currently zoned Downtown Core Zone which permits mixed use buildings up to 4 storeys in height. The property is designated Downtown Core which permits mixed use buildings of 4 to 8 storeys.

Burlington City Building staff have reviewed these applications along with the comments received from the public and technical agencies to date. Staff will be recommending modified approval of the amendment to the City’s Planning and Development Committee of Council.

Staff recommend approval of a mixed use building with a height up to 18 storeys (17 residential floors plus roof top amenity area), including 760m2 of commercial space at grade and 365 m2 of commercial or office space on the second floor, subject to significant design and public realm improvements, and a parking rate of 1.25 spaces per unit.

Statutory Public Meeting Information

You are invited to attend a Statutory Public Meeting under the Planning Act to consider the staff recommendation report concerning the above mentioned application. This meeting will take place on:

DATE: July 10, 2018
START TIM: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Council Chambers, Level 2, 426 Brant Street
Burlington City Building Department
PO Box 5013, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Z6

Looking for more information?

Statutory Public Meeting & Recommendation Report

You can access the City of Burlington’s website for more information about this application. The application has its own webpage which contains additional material, including supporting studies that have been submitted by the applicant. To access the webpage for this file please go to:

How to Obtain the Staff Report:

The staff recommendation report which contains the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments as well as discussion and review of the applications, will be available for public review on June 29, 2018. The report will be available on the City’s website at by searching for the meeting date for the Planning and Development Committee. A copy of the report can also be picked up at the City Clerk’s Department on the main level of City Hall.

Speaking at the Meeting (delegation):

Since this is a statutory public meeting, you do not have to register in advance in order to speak. However, if you wish to arrange in advance to speak at the statutory public meeting, please register online at or contact Jo-Anne Rudy, Committee Clerk at (905) 335-7600 Ext. 7413 or Speakers are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes each and are webcasted online.

Also, if you have presentation materials, they must be submitted to Ms. Rudy by noon the day before the meeting to allow for their distribution and review by all members of the Committee. Please note the content of all submissions is considered to be public and will be posted to the city’s website.

Additional Notice:

If you wish to be notified of City Council’s decision to approve, refuse, or approve with modification this application, or of any subsequent Local Planning Appeal Tribunal appeal of this matter, you must submit a written request to the Clerk’s Department to the attention of Jo-Anne Rudy.

If you do not include your name and address with written comments about the application or speak at the public meeting, you may not be able to appeal the decision of Council to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal or appear as a Party to any future Hearing about this issue. For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, contact Lisa Stern, Senior Planner using the contact information below.

Burlington City Building Department
PO Box 5013, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Z6

Statutory Public Meeting & Recommendation Report

If you have any questions about these applications, please contact the planner on the file:
Lisa Stern, Senior Planner

Phone: 905-335-7600 Ext.7824



Statutory Public Meeting & Recommendation Report
Burlington City Building Department
PO Box 5013, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Z6

Marianne Meed Ward

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