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Revised timeline for approval of Burlington’s Official Plan: downtown discussion Jan. 23; OP approval in April

City launches Ask Grow Bold to receive and publish questions about the OP

City planning staff have released a revised schedule for approval of the Official Plan, and the downtown precinct policies.

Jan. 23: The downtown policies (originally scheduled for approval Jan. 16) will come back to the Planning & Development Committee Jan. 23. I will be bringing forward several motions to modify the proposed precincts, which will be posted here shortly: Changes needed to downtown plan

The public can attend this meeting and Register as a Delegation to speak, as staff will be providing additional information in response to questions that arose at the Nov. 30 committee meeting where the downtown was first discussed. This information is expected to be available to the community about a week before the meeting.

Additional dates have been scheduled for questions and comments on specific aspects of the plan, as follows: No delegations will be registered for these meetings, as they are a continuation of the previous Official Plan meeting:

Jan. 8, 1pm: Rural, Agricultural, Natural Heritage and Mineral Aggregates

Jan. 16, 1 pm & 6:30pm: Employment Conversions

Feb. 6, 1pm & 6:30 pm: Growth Management, and any remaining topics (except the downtown).

Additional OP meetings will be held the first week of January as part of scheduled Planning & Development Committee meetings to discuss specific topic areas, including:No delegations will be registered for these meetings, as they are a continuation of the previous Official Plan meeting:

Feb. 27: The second statutory public meeting to discuss the entire Official Plan will take place as part of the Planning & Development Committee on Feb. 27, 2018. Residents can attend and delegate (speak to committee). No pre registration is required, as this is a Statutory Public Meeting, but registered delegations will be heard first, then delegations from the floor.

April 4 & 23: A meeting to recommend adoption of the new Official Plan will take place as part of the Planning & Development Committee the first week of April (likely April 4). Final council approval will take place April 23, 2018. Residents can attend and delegate at both meetings (committee and council).

Got a question about the New Official Plan? The city has launched “Ask Grow Bold” to receive questions from the public and publish responses. Visit: Ask Grow Bold


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Spoke with some of the Brant Street merchants over this new official plan and the ridiculous hi-rises that are not necessary and the impact it will cause to their downtown businesses. It is all so political, and back stabbing, that they are all literally sick to their stomachs over what is planned as redevelopment for them. They know, we know, and you (the City) know, that the downtown throughout all this turmoil will affect their business to the point of no survival. They share possible relocation, or just close shops! The consensus is that the downtown will be a ghost town, never to have the unique shopping experience that it now has for all their dedicated customers, and years to attract shoppers to a new more expensive type of shopping, if ever, with the plans that are proposed for the future. One popular restaurant has already closed, and a jewellery store has closed, so the street is already starting to show signs of deterioration. Serious, serious thoughts and planning are needed to revamp the new official plan for “Burlington”, and not just follow the guidelines. We have reached our density and intensification requirements, so lets not be followers of “what every other city has planned”, and do it “our way – the right way”!!! We need leaders, not followers!!

    • I have to agree. This mayor and council received no mandate to revise the OP–they certainly didn’t run on this platform in 2014. And since they certainly won’t be re-elected in 2018, passing the OP in April is a tawdry exercise in trying to “hamstring” the new mayor and council with some devastating changes between April and October. And then in November, this “new” OP will certainly be ripped up and replaced. We will see what “small” people we have on the current council in the next 4 months.

      • Philip Waggett By law council is required to review it’s OP every 5 years, so yes they do have a mandate to revise the OP. The last and existing OP was approved by council in 2006 and by the region in 2008. The current OP review started in 2012, it’s now 2018.

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