Study to begin for waterfront hotel site

Staff are recommending that council begin the Waterfront Hotel Lands Study, in light of interest by the hotel owners to redevelop at some point. Given the location of the site in the heart of downtown, adjacent to Spencer Smith Park, our Official Plan requires that a Master Plan must be completed before any redevelopment can occur.
(See attached map for study area, in blue, and the Waterfront Hotel lands, in red).

The terms of reference stipulate that a staff team led by the city’s Special Business Area Coordinator manage the process with assistance from a Stakeholder Advisory Committee that includes citizen and business representatives, myself, as Ward councillor, a representative of the developer and others. There will also be at least four public meetings to provide input on development principles as well as specific development concepts.

The process will result in the preparation of three development options, with a preferred option being presented to council for approval, and written into the Official Plan and Zoning bylaw.

The goal is to produce a development plan that is supported by the community, the developer and city council and staff, and avoiding an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The next step is to issue a Request for Proposal for an outside consultant (paid for by the developer but selected and managed by staff).

Read the staff report: Development & Infrastructure Committee Feb. 9, 2015, Item 7

My Take: I look forward to engaging residents, the developer and other stakeholders in setting a public vision for this critical piece of our downtown waterfront.

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.

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


Leave a Reply
  1. As long as redevelopment takes place within the Waterfront Hotel lands (in red). If the owners want more land outside of their own, then that is a totally different issue that should not be entertained at all.

  2. here we go again. building a wall of concrete to block not only the the suns rays from the downtown core but to block the precious view of the lake’s shore. What are we thinking???

What's your take?

Report: Village Square Unique

Heritage Tax Rebate approved