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Video: Second tower application opposite Burlington’s city hall submitted; best mid-sized city deserves a better plan

Less than 3 months after council approved the 23 storey tower opposite Burlington’s city hall, we now have 24 storey application on the opposite corner.

The purpose of the application is to amend the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to permit a 24 storey building, including 23 stories of residential and a one storey roof top amenity area.

The proposed building would include:

  • 597 square metres of ground floor commercial and 227 residential units
  • five (5) levels of underground parking
  • car access from John Street
  • commercial units with front windows facing onto Brant Street, James Street and John Street.

The impact of the revised downtown plan changes coming our way were downplayed as being well into the future – 20, 30, 50, even 100 years off. Now it’s here; and there is more to come. We know there is active land assembly underway of significant blocks downtown. The downtown is about to change dramatically.

You were told the revised downtown plan would create planning ‘certainty’ for our downtown. Yet, this application is 7 storeys above the unapproved official plan.

This council wants to rush adoption of the revised Official Plan for April 4th; even though it won’t be ratified by Halton Region until 2019. It will be up to the next elected council to fix the plan’s flaws.

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:

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