Have your say on new benches, lights, trash cans as part of new downtown streetscape guidelines

Public open houses May 17, 1pm and 6:30 pm

Have your say on proposed new streetscape guidelines for downtown Burlington at two open houses:

Thurs. May 17
Afternoon session: 1-3pm
Evening session: 6:30-8:30pm
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road

You can read the full draft guidelines here: Draft – May 2018 Downtown Streetscape Guidelines. The project page and history is here: Background Downtown Streetscape Guidelines


The new guidelines section a sidewalk into four parts:

  1. Marketing zone, where businesses put out benches or wares
  2. Clear path zone, for unobstructed walking
  3. Furnishing zone, for benches, trees, lights
  4. Edge zone, between sidewalk and street

The guidelines further divide the downtown into four character areas with different treatments in each, some more traditional, some more modern.

1. Lakeshore Road

  1. Brant Street
  2. Downtown core district
  3. Residential district





Lakeshore district:

Lower Brant Street:

Upper Brant Street:

Residential district:

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.

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  1. personally I think we need age approbation bench . as for all the rest use what we have . we currently have beautiful lights downtown and some other aeeas. I feel it is time to start paying our debt down locally .

  2. The City needs to look at the design for age friendly benches that also benefit physically challenged adults. They have curved “full ark” shaped arms where each person sits to assist with sitting down and standing up.

  3. Marianne, I took a walk today along the new multipurpose path from Brant Street to Martha and was very impressed. Also love the benches along the path. The City has done a great job! However, the section between Pearl and Martha is still the same … kinda grungy. Will the City be fixing this section up as well to match the rest of the path?

    • Dorothy, Great question. The Burlington Downtown Business Association, which is contributing to this path, will be doing some plantings in this area. I did a walkabout with the BDBA and staff last week to confirm.

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