Categories: Downtown & WaterfrontOfficial Plan & Zoning

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

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


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. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

Recent Posts

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…

1 day ago

Public meeting June 20 to seek input on Conservation Halton’s Kelso/Glen Eden parks Master Plan

Press Release - Conservation Halton is updating the parks Master Plan for Kelso Conservation Area/Glen Eden, which is located within…

3 days ago

Vote on $4 million to LaSalle Marina for floating wavebreak to council tonight

City council will vote tonight on a proposal to fully pay the $4 million for a new floating wavebreak for…

4 days ago

City of Burlington launches online citizen engagement platform, Get Involved Burlington

Media Release — The City of Burlington has launched its new online citizen engagement platform, Get Involved Burlington. The platform will…

2 weeks ago

Smart Car Confidential reveals little known facts about Marianne – trained opera singer, takes dog to drycleaner, helped form Moms in the Hood; watch trailer

Think you know me, Ward 2 City Councillor and mayoral candidate Marianne Meed Ward? I had the privilege of riding…

3 weeks ago

Community open house June 27 to hear developer’s plans for 849 and 855 Brant St

The public is invited to an open house Wed. June 27, 7pm, at the Burlington Public Library to hear plans…

3 weeks ago