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Spotlight: Jobs & Economic development
BEDC is part of TEAM Burlington, which includes tourism, Burlington chamber and downtown business association.
Why we should celebrate residential buildout, and focus on attracting jobs
You’ve probably heard Burlington is running out of land for residential growth – something called “buildout.” What you may not have heard is that’s a good thing for our bottom line. Residential development costs about $1.40 to service for every $1 in tax revenue we get. Development charges only cover about 80% of the costs of this growth, and can’t fund items like hospitals for new residents.
Thus, the more we grow on the residential side, the more your taxes will go up. That’s exactly what we’ve seen in Burlington – years of residential development have delivered some of the highest tax increases on record.
Residential growth alone drives up taxes
Tax increases were 29% in the last term of council, at a time when assessment growth (new taxpayers) reached a high of 1.86% in 2009. Assessment growth has shrunk to .58% in 2014, and tax increases the last term of council have been 13%, less than half the rate of the period that saw the highest assessment growth.
Alternatively, for every $1 in tax revenue from industrial, commercial or institutional development, the city makes about 60 cents. That helps fund the services you need.
Residential taxpayers like you are paying more than your share of the city's budget: our tax base is roughly 75% residential, versus 25% commercial. We need more balance between the two, or your taxes will continue to rise. But we’ve seen a huge drop in commercial/industrial tax growth since 2011. Commercial/industrial tax growth was about 2% and has dropped to less than a quarter percent annually.
We have hundreds of acres of vacant or underdeveloped employment land. There’s no commercial buildout in Burlington. We need to focus on filling this space, and take the pedal off residential intensification.
We need to get serious about attracting jobs to Burlington.
Council and staff recognized two years ago that attracting new businesses and creating jobs for Burlington residents is the city’s “burning platform.”
The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is tasked with business attraction and retention. Though an independent organization governed by a volunteer board, BEDC receives significant city funding: $1.26 million in 2014, representing more than 60% of BEDC's total annual budget of $1.9 million.
BEDC as land development corporation
Council recently approved a proposal by the BEDC board for BEDC to become an incorporated for-profit organization that would have the ability to buy and sell land for commercial development. The city would be the sole shareholder, thus any profits would come back to city coffers (similar to our relationship with Burlington Hydro, a separate entity that pays annual dividends to the city).
BEDC's land portfolio could include city-owned land (eg. downtown parking lots) or purchasing land to increase economic activity.
Adding land management could facilitate economic growth by speeding approvals, controlling development activities, offering preferential financing and other advantages.
BEDC’s goal is to increase the city’s non-residential tax levy ratio from 25% commercial/75% residential, to 30% commercial/70% residential; and bring an additional 1,526 jobs per year, half of which would be held by Burlington residents.
A new board and interim president will be recruited and a transition team put into place to switch BEDC’s board and activities over into BEDC Inc.
Staff will report back to the Development & Infrastructure Committee May 26 with an implementation and public engagement plan; the proposal also needs approval at the BEDC annual general meeting May 29. Once released, the report will be posted on the D&I agenda page here
My Take: I've long advocated that the BEDC needs to shift from being a self-described “social club” to actively wooing businesses to Burlington.
That’s because residential taxes don’t cover all the services the new population requires, but commercial taxes pay more than they cost to service. Plus, local jobs means residents have shorter commutes and can work where they live.
The days are long gone when Burlington sold itself, based on cheap land and easy transportation. BEDC needs to get out of the networking lunch/event business altogether, and develop a dedicated sales force wooing business to Burlington – our competitors are.
I'm supportive of the incorporated land development model, as it gives the city and the BEDC greater control and presence in economic development.
Repositioning BEDC for land development and ensuring a singular focus on business attraction and retention will help meet our jobs and tax revenue targets. BEDC must shift from “order taker” – its role in the past – to “order maker,” or jobs will go to cities around us in this increasingly competitive environment in the GTA where everyone is chasing the same corporate investment.
Your Take: Got comments or questions about the proposed BEDC Inc. organization and mandate, or the city’s overall economic strategy? Leave a comment here
Layout of proposed 2267 development.
70+ folks attend discussion of 2267 Lakeshore Road; prefer scaled back development
Many thanks to the more than 70 residents who attended the recent meeting at the seniors centre to discuss the proposed rezoning application from Rosedale Properties to redevelop 2267 Lakeshore Road from one single family home to five, 1.5 storey stone -and-siding single family homes around a shared condo road.
You can view the powerpoint from the meeting here which details the proposal and the decision-making process. City planning staff are reviewing the proposal and will bring first an information report, then a recommendation report (either to accept, reject or modify the proposal) to the Development & Infrastructure Committee of council, then to City Council for a final decision. Residents can attend and speak at those meetings.
Those dates have not been set, but I will post them here when available, and email anyone who has contacted me via email to be added to the distribution list regarding news about this development.
Architectural drawings of 2267 Lakeshore Rd.
The rezoning request is to go from an R3 zone to an R5 Standard, with modifications. Below is a preliminary comparison of the different zoning:
R3 zone versus R5 Standard with modifications:
R3Zone Lot Width: 15m
R5Zone Lot Width: 12m
R5Zone Proposed Lot Width: 34m (for the entire site, not per home)
R3Zone Lot Area: 452m2
R5Zone Lot Area: 2000m2 (for entire site, not per home)
R5Zone Proposed Lot Area: 3488m2 (for entire site, not per home)
R3Zone Front Yard: 6m
R5Zone Front Yard: 7.5m
R5Zone Proposed Front Yard: 6.3m
R3Zone Rear Yard: 9m
R5Zone Rear Yard: 9m
R5Zone Proposed Rear Yard: 7.5m
R3Zone Height Maximum: 2 storey
R5Zone Height Maximum: 2 storey
Proposed Height: 1.5 storey
At the meeting, residents heard there will be an on-site holding tank to capture and hold storm water and slowly release it into the ground. They also heard that the distance between three homes along the back of the property would be 4 feet. The initial selling price is expected to be around $1.2m.
The applicant also advised residents that they are not the same company as DTZ, a numbered company which has been contacting residents with offers to buy. Roseland Properties only owns the 2267 Lakeshore Rd. site and is not offering to buy any other properties.
One single family home currently sits on 2267 Lakeshore.
Planning staff advised that this proposal may be subject to Section 37 Community Benefits, which can be negotiated in exchange for increased height or density. Staff do not yet know whether this will be a candidate for Section 37, but one resident suggested that if approved, and if Section 37 is invoked, they would like a lighted crosswalk at nearby Lakeshore Public School for children crossing Lakeshore Road.
Residents raised concerns about potential increased traffic next to Lakeshore Public School, where snow would be piled, impacts of stormwater runoff onto adjacent properties which already flood, and the lack of a tree bylaw to prevent the clear-cutting of trees that occurred on this site prior to filing the application.
Under the R3 zoning, maximum lot coverage is 35% (that only counts buildings, not asphalt driveways). The impervious cover on this site with the proposed five buildings is 22%, according to the powerpoint presentation, but that only counts buildings, not the driveways and visitor parking.
According to the applicant’s FUNCTIONAL SERVICING REPORT (available here, pg. 8) the total impervious area post-development would be 58%, significantly more than simply the building calculation.
A primary concern of residents was the impact of the rezoning on the overall character of the neighbourhood along Lakeshore, and that approving this project would encourage more projects of this type, rather than the single family homes with ample greenspace that currently exist along much of Lakeshore Road, especially on the North side.
There was some support from area residents for a scaled back version of the development with fewer units.
To read the studies submitted in support of the application, visit the city’s webpage dedicated to this development here.
Elevation from Lakeshore.
My Take: There are some commendable aspects to what is being proposed, but overall I believe the proposal attempts too much for the site. I could support a smaller project (2 or 3 homes) which would reflect the character of the area and preserve much needed greenspace for natural stormwater absorption and tree planting. The buildings themselves look very nice, and will architecturally blend into the neighbourhood. Several homes on this site is preferable to one 18,000 sq ft monster home (which would be allowed under current rules because of the large lot size).
But jamming five homes, four feet apart, with double garages and four on-site visitor parking takes too much impermeable area and replaces it with asphalt and buildings. And there has already been significant loss of tree cover prior to filing the application in anticipation of where buildings and driveways would go and before site plan control came into effect (which does regulate tree cutting, but only after an application is received). The tree cutting prior to applying for a building permit highlights the need for a tree bylaw which I supported, but ultimately failed at council last fall (on 4-3 and 5-2 votes).
I also share the residents’ concerns about the impact of the rezoning on future redevelopment along Lakeshore. The Official Plan and Zoning reflect the community’s vision for the redevelopment of their neighbourhoods, and takes into account the need for intensification. When we vary from this plan we replace the community’s vision with a private vision, influenced at least in part (and sometimes quite significantly) by private profit and economic drivers.
Generally, I do not believe we should be varying our Official Plan and Zoning unless it is to achieve policy goals that advance the common good, including affordable housing and/or rental housing, which is not the case here.
Your Take: What’s your view of this development? Leave a comment here and see what your neighbours are saying, or email me at email@example.com to provide feedback and/or be added to the distribution list to receive notices about this project.
Staff recommend approval of Habitat project for back-to-back towns on Plains/Glendor
To committee May 26; council June 9
Planning staff are recommending approval of a proposal to rezone 1325 & 1331 Plains Road East and 1025 Glendor Ave. for 12 back-to-back townhouses and one, one-storey accessible unit. The proposal requires an Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment.
The units would be built by Habitat for Humanity under their plan to help low income families or individuals with minimum annual income of $24,000 up to $65,500 maximum to become home owners.
Habitat builds the home and provides mortgages in exchange for recipients' volunteering 500 hours of 'sweat equity' towards construction of their home, or to Habitat programs such as the ReStore or in the office supporting the delivery of programs. The units are priced from the start at market value; when sold, the mortgages are paid off and any additional equity stays with the family or individual.
Read more about the Habitat homeownership model here.
The Development & Infrastructure Committee, which includes all members of council, will review the proposal at a public meeting May 26, 6:30pm, Council Chambers, Level 2, 426 Brant St. Any recommendation from the D&I committee will go to the June 9 City Council meeting, 6:30pm, for a final vote. Residents can attend and speak at both meetings by registering in advance online here or by phone at 905.335.7600, x7490.
The staff report is online here
My Take: I am not a fan of back-to-back townhouses, especially for families, as I believe children need yards that are in close proximity to their home, so parents can keep an eye on them. Though standard townhomes with yards were previously suggested and considered, staff advised against it, as simply separating the townhomes would create a small tunnel between homes. However, a different site layout may have been able to accommodate townhomes. I'm told the site will include some greenspace and possibly a play area; more details should be available in the staff report or at the public meeting.
The zoning on this property permits a range of uses, including townhouses and detached dwellings. The staff report will provide additional detail on why the Official Plan and Zoning need to be amended to facilitate this development. Generally, I do not believe we should be varying our Official Plan and Zoning unless it is to achieve policy goals that advance the common good, including affordable housing and/or rental housing.
These units are not "affordable housing" in the usual sense, because they are priced and sold at market value, however the Habitat model does allow families and individuals to become home owners on very limited incomes - so it's affordable housing in that sense. As a result, I am open to considering this project as a way to advance housing for low income residents, but will wait for the staff report and public meeting to hear more details before making a final decision.
Your Take: What's your view of this proposal? Leave a comment here
View from public walkway along waterfront between Market and St Paul St.
No agreement reached yet on sale of waterfront land
Community & Corporate Services Committee, May 27, 1pm & 6:30pm, City Hall
Staff have not yet reached an agreement to sell public land along the waterfront between Market St and St. Paul St to abutting homeowners. In an information report L-12-14 to the May 27 Community and Corporate Services Committee, staff advise that negotiations are ongoing and expected to take at least another six months.
On Oct. 15, council voted 6-1 to sell public land along the waterfront between Market St and St. Paul St to abutting homeowners. The waterfront land is jointly owned by the city and the Ministry of Natural Resources. In order for MNR staff to consider the sale of the land to the three landowners, the landowners were required to submit individual Applications for Crown Land which were processed by MNR staff. Under MNR policies:
1. The land must be sold at market value.
2. The City owned Water Street land must be transferred to the three landowners first before the MNR lands can be transferred.
MNR has agreed to sell the property to the three landowners, provided they can agree on price and timing. They are working with the three landowners to resolve this issue. Both MNR and City policies require a fully documented appraisal process to determine the market value, and that both the City and the MNR use the same valuation method and terms of reference.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to develop "Windows-to-the-Lake" at the road ends at Market St. and St. Paul with nominal amenities (benches, signage) and improve nearby Port Nelson park at the foot of Guelph Line. The Windows-to-the-Lake concept plans will be presented to committee in the Fall.
You can register as a delegation to speak at the meeting here
My Take: Any delay to the sale of public waterfront land is welcome. I did not support the sale of public waterfront land to private homeowners, but instead advocated that the city make a nominal investment to keep this open as a public waterfront pathway. I will seek a reconsideration of this sale during the next term of council. If the sale goes through, I will advocate that the sale price be made public. Read my previous posts on this issue here
Your Take: What's your of the impending sale of waterfront land? Leave a comment here
New fundraising rules exclude donations from those with business with the city.
Limits on fundraising by council members proposed in new Code of Conduct
Community & Corporate Services Committee, May 27, 1pm & 6:30pm, City Hall
Staff are recommending rules on fundraising by council members as part of a new Code of Conduct that will be considered in a workshop at the Community & Corporate Services Committee May 27.
Previously there were no limits on who could donate or how much, to council-member events, and no requirement for public reporting, though reports were provided on request. Council members have raised funds for public meetings (Inspire, One Dream) charitable events (Mayor's Cabaret) and community events (Car Free Sundays) without benefit of guidelines and limits.
Under the proposed Code, a Member of Council or a third party acting on behalf of the Member would not be able to solicit or accept support in any form from an individual, group or corporation with a pending planning, conversion or demolition application before Burlington City Council. Further, for Member-Organized Community Events, Members of Council must keep a record of the names of all donors and the value of their donation that supplements the event.
The proposed Code also limits gifts to members of council to less than $300 from any one source in a calendar year. Members would be allowed to accept tickets to banquests receptions or similar events galas, receptions, (g) food and beverages if:
1. attendance serves a legitimate business purpose;
2. the person extending the invitation or a representative of the organization is in attendance; and
3. the value is reasonable and the invitations infrequent.
Items covered by the Code include:
• General Integrity
• Confidential Information
• Conduct at Council/Committee meetings
• Respect for Decision-making Process
• Release of Information to Public and Media
• Respectful Workplace
• Improper Use of Influence
• Use of Municipal Property and Resources
• Conduct Respecting staff
• Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality
• Fundraising, Community Events and Donations
• Election-Related Activity
An Integrity Commissioner would be hired on a fee for service basis to investigate complaints of Code violation. Penalties range from a reprimand to suspension of pay up to 90 days. No complaints would be investigated after July 1 in an election year, and no reports of prior complaints would come to council after June in an election year. These complaints would be dealt with by the next term of council.
The Integrity Commissioner can refuse to investigate if under the belief the complaint is frivolous, vexatious or not made in good faith, or there are insufficient grounds for an investigation.
Given the experience of other municipalities, the cost is expected to be nominal (less than $25,000/year), and funded through existing reserve funds. The Town of Oakville had two complaints
since the adoption of their code of conduct in 2008. The Town of Richmond Hill has less than 5 per year since 2010 and only one overall that actually became a formal complaint. The City of St. Catherines has had one complaint since their code was adopted in 2010.
My Take: The Code is a step in the right direction for transparency and accountability, but on fundraising and gifts to council members the code doesn't go far enough. I raised concerns about fundraising activities by members of council in December 2012 since these were happening without benefit of guidelines, required reporting or limits. People with current development applications with the city were providing large donations to some of these events. This compromises the appearance of impartiality when those same council members vote on applications by these donors. I had advocated that the Code forbids donations from those with current business with the city, and am pleased it does so. I'd like additional limits on the amount any one donor can give in a year, and restrictions on fundraising during elections. Overall, in my view, council members should not be doing any fundraising for their own events, but should be funding constituent activities out of their pre-approved councillor budgets.
Regarding gifts to council members, a limit of $300 per calendar year for a single gift or from a single donor is far too large, and should be a nominal amount only, closer to $25. I don't think council members should be accepting tickets to receptions; Councillors can pay for tickets to events out of our councillor budgets, but even better should be paying for such tickets ourselves, as our residents must. I pay my way to receptions and galas. The only exception would be attendance at an event as part of membership in a board, for which the board pays for a table for board members.
Your Take: Do the rules go far enough? Is a Code of Conduct overkill? Leave a comment here
New fees proposed for pool and meeting room rates.
New fee structure proposed for pools, room rentals
Community & Corporate Services Committee, May 27, 1pm & 6:30pm, City Hall
Staff are proposing changes to the fee structure for renting pools and multipurpose rooms/auditoriums to bring consistency to rates, and provide lower rates for youth and local groups.
The proposals, outlined in report PR-10-14 and PR-17-14, will be considered at the Community & Corporate Services Committee, May 27.
An hourly market rental rate will be set based on what the market is willing to pay considering a number of factors including a market comparison, feedback received from renters and professional judgement.
Once the "market" rate is set, fees will be applied based on the following principles:
• Youth focused rentals would receive a 20% subsidy from the market rate given the emphasis and value of youth participation in recreation within the community.
• Commercial organizations would pay 140% of the determined market rate as typically commercial organizations are profiting from the rental of the space.
• Non-Resident organizations would also pay 140% of the determined market rate given that Burlington taxpayers should not be subsidizing non-residents through tax dollars.
• All hourly rental rates would have an additional and consistent capital surcharge of 5% to contribute to facility asset needs.
Under the new policy, swimming pool rates will range from $76 for the youth rate to $252 for the corporate rate (currently at $75.61 and $177.23 respectively). The most significant impact is for commercial and non-resident competitive swim clubs, which were paying a subsidized rate, and will now be required to pay a 40% premium (Indoor Pool 19%, Outdoor Pool 42% and 50-Metre Pool 51% increase). As a result, they might book less time with the City allowing for Burlington-based renters and youth groups to have more access to time at a lesser rate.
Private renters such as SCUBA groups already pay a higher fee closer to the commercial fee, resulting in a small increase of 2%. The resident youth-based
competitive swim club will have a 1% increase for indoor pools, and a decrease in outdoor pools of 14% as this rate will now be discounted by 20%.
Room rates will range from $22 to $35 for multipurpose rooms, and $25-$75 for auditoriums, with larger fees charges for facilities with more amenities (eg. parking, equipment).
The intent of the changes is not to raise revenues. Based on usage, once the new fees are implemented there may be a swing of $20-$22,000 in revenues up or down.
My Take: I support the change in fees which brings consistency across venues and some rationale to the rates. I also support the principle that youth and local groups should pay less than corporate or out of town organizations.
Your Take: What's your view of the new fee structure and rationale? Leave a comment here
City opens two new community gardens; apply by May 22 (Central) June 9 (Francis/Amherst)
Following the successful first two growing seasons with the Central Park Community Garden, the City of Burlington is opening two new community gardens, at Amherst Park and along the Frances Road Bikeway.
The new gardens are a result of the popularity of the pilot garden project in Central Park, opened in 2012. All the plots were taken, and many residents were placed on a waiting list.
The cost for a permit for a plot in one of these three gardens is $50 for the season.
An online application is available at www.burlington.ca/communitygardens.
Central Park garden plot applications will be accepted until May 22. Amherst Park and Francis Road Bikeway garden plot applications will be accepted until June 9.
All applications will be entered into a site-specific lottery, with successful applicants notified by the community garden co-ordinator. Gardening will begin in May at Central Park garden plots, and later in June at Amherst and Francis Bikeway gardens, once construction is complete.
A community garden co-ordinator will assist gardeners, involve volunteers and respond to inquiries. The co-ordinator’s hours for each garden will be posted for the 2014 gardening season, which runs from May through October, weather permitting.
The city is asking previous applicants to confirm their continued interest and location preference by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7737.
Application filed for 3-storey mixed-use medical building at 1069 Brant/Churchill
The city has just received a Site Plan Application for 1069 Brant St (at Churchill) to construct a three-storey medical building with a total gross floor area of 5,510 sq. feet (511.8 sq. m). The proposed development would include a pharmacy, medical clinic, and physiotherapy centre. A total of 18 parking spots (8 surface parking and 10 underground) are proposed.
The submitted site plans are currently being reviewed by staff to determine whether any variances or rezoning are required.
I will keep residents posted about this proposal , and opportunities for input as more details become available.
Work proceeds at 701 Brant for hair salon/apartment
A new two-storey building is under construction at 701 Brant St. for a hair salon at grade and a two bedroom residential unit on the second floor. The primary cladding materials are vision glazing, stone and stucco. The driveway access will remain in its current location on the north side of the property, and the existing paved area in the rear yard will be brought up to current engineering standards (repaved, graded, curbed) to accommodate five parking spaces.
An enhanced landscape buffer will be provided along the east property line that separates the site from residential lands to the east.
Nine minor variances were required to permit the proposed development, which were submitted to the Committee of Adjustment. Planning staff and the neighbour located immediately to the east objected to one of the variances relating to the setback of a raised deck. The applicant withdrew that variance and amended raised deck so that it would comply with Zoning regulations.
In addition through the Committee of Adjustment process, the neighbour to the south requested that a privacy screen be installed on the raised deck to enhance privacy. The applicant agreed to that change and the privacy screen was incorporated into the site plan application.
Development Updates as of April: Carriage Gate, Bridgewater, Clarendon Retirement & more
Carriage Gate, 501‐515 John St., 2020 – 2080 Caroline St., 500 Elizabeth St. & 2027 Maria St.
Site Plan: Jamie Tellier (905.335.7600 x7892)
‐8 storey office, 17 storey residential apartment and 8 storey parking garage
‐first round of site plan comments provided to applicant
Bridgewater, 2024 Lakeshore Rd.
Planner: Charles Mulay (x7693)
‐172 residential units , 132 hotel suites & ground floor retail
‐road work issues resolved
‐minor variances approved
‐draft site plan aproval ready to be issued
Molinaro Group, 2089 Fairview St.
Planner: Jamie Tellier (905.335.7600 x7892)
‐5 high rise buildings containing 993 apartment units, office use and ground floor retail/commercial
‐OMB decision needed to adjust building heights to allow for more flexible design
Clarendon Park, 2170 Ghent Ave.
Planner: Kyle Plas (905.335.7600 x7555)
‐60 unit retirement home
‐draft approved November 2013
‐applicant clearing conditions in preparation for final approval
-the developer has advised that they are planning to start construction this year and it could take up to 16 months to complete.
Structured Creations, 2071 Ghent Ave.
Planner: Melissa Roberts (905.335.7600 x7788)
‐6 townhouse units
‐waiting for revised plans from applicant
Burlington Hyundai, 2016 & 2026 Plains Rd. E.
Planner: Mike Crough (905.335.7600, x7427)
‐expansion of parking area onto vacant lot east of creek block
‐discussing Conservation Halton issues with agency – recommendation report to D&I in summer 2014
Online map of downtown parking is live
Driving downtown? Check the online map to find parking lot locations, fees and hours. You can also visit 'Parking in the Downtown' on the Parking Information page for additional information such as special event parking.
Parking downtown is free from 6pm to 9am Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays. This applies to municipal lots only, and excludes private lots (eg. Waterfront Hotel), the Burlington Art Centre lot and the lot at Spencer Smith Park. You can park all day in the lots, including overnight (except during snow clearing); on street parking is limited to 3 hrs.
For further information, contact parking services
Halton prepares questionnaire for provincial candidates
Halton Region has prepared a questionnaire for all Halton candidates in the June 12 provincial election asking for their positions on a number of issues of critical importance to the region, including
infrastructure funding to accommodate growth; funding for assisted housing for low income residents; maintaining funding at agreed upon levels of cost sharing for public health programs and paramedic services; and more.
To read the full questionnaire visit here
Residents can attend and speak on any agenda item at Committee & Council meetings.
Upcoming Reports to Committee
City Council, May 20, 6:30pm, City Hall
Agenda here Recommendations include:
APPROVAL TO COMMENCE PROPOSED WORKPLAN FOR BRIDGEVIEW
NORTH AND SOUTH
APPROVAL OF NEXT STEPS AND FURTHER STUDY REGARDING MOUNT
NEMO (Heritage Study)
APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE PROCEDURE BY-LAW
Development & Infrastructure Committee, May 26, 1pm & 6:30pm, City Hall
1. Report recommending approval for improved winter control operations. (RPM-05-14) (6:30pm session)
2. Report related to Official Plan Review recommending an assessment approach for employment land conversion requests. (PB-18-14)
3. Report related to the Official Plan Review-transmittal of Final Mobility Hubs Opportunities and Constraints Study. (PB-54-14)
4. Report recommending approval of proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for 1325, 1331 Plains Road East and 1025 Glendor Avenue. (PB-52-14) (6:30pm session)
5. Report recommending approval of proposed zoning By-law 2020 amendment to permit Medical Marihuana production in industrial zones. (PB-45-14)
6. Report recommending changes to the Burlington Transit Advisory Committee. (CL-7-14)
7. Report recommending a plan of implementation for the creation of the new Burlington Economic Development Corporation Inc. structure and Board. (CM-7-14)
8. Burlington Executive Airpark Update #14. Note: To be distributed at meeting
Community & Corporate Services Committee, May 27, 1pm & 6:30pm, City Hall
1. Report recommending approval of the Municipal Funding Agreement for the transfer of Federal Gas Tax Funding. (F-27-14)
2. Report providing the financial status as at March 31, 2014. (F-26-14)
3. Report recommending approval of the terms of reference establishing a Municipal Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee with the Region of Halton. (CL-12-14)
4. Report providing an update on the implementation of the Corporate Management System. (CM-6-14)
5. Report recommending the swimming pool rental rate realignment strategy. (PR-10-14)
6. Report recommending the multipurpose and auditorium room rate realignment strategy. (PR-17-14)
7. Report recommending approval of the 2014 City of Burlington Development Charges. (F-21-14)
8. Report providing information regarding Water Street land parcels. (L-12-14)
9. Report recommending approval to adopt Council Code of Conduct. (CL-11-14) Note: This portion of the meeting is a workshop and will be held in room 247.
10. Kim Phillips, General Manager of Community and Corporate Services will be providing an update on strategic plan process and workshops.
Register to Speak:
Register as a delegation to speak at Committee or Council here
Ask the Councillor:
Resident N.H. asks: Do you know the latest update on the Burlington GO station re-opening?
Answer: The GO Transit website indicates that the completion date of the Burlington GO Train Station (south side – Fairview Street) is June 2014. More details can be found here
Resident J.L. asks: I am a daily pedestrian in the core of this city. I am always dismayed and perplexed by the city’s signs which give vehicles the right of way over pedestrians. In this day and age when all the emphasis is on green living and pollution, I am dismayed that our city erects such signs. Is there any other place on this planet that does this? I can name many that provide well posted pedestrian crosswalks. Why not our council? Fortunately, there are always a few considerate drivers who will stop to let one cross. The most indefensible sign is at the base of Locust at the Lakeshore We spend great sums to provide a beautiful lakeside park, pier, and promenade. Then we discourage people from crossing. I am sure the city fathers will say it is to protect pedestrians. I don’t buy that.
Answer: Many residents have shared their dislike of these signs for exactly these reasons. Good news: I have worked with our transportation staff to replace these signs with a standard provincial sign that advises “wait for the gap.” Some sign must be put at pedestrian crossings for liability reasons, but at least “wait for gap” sends a pedestrian-friendly advisory message, rather than conveying the idea that vehicles come first. We want downtown to be a pedestrian priority area; the new signs are a step in that direction.
Resident J.S. asks: A couple of months ago I emailed you about the condo development at Locust and Elgin. I haven’t heard anything about it and saw last week that the sign is gone. Just wondering if you have any information about it?
Answer: The city does not yet have an application for this property. I will let residents know as soon as the city receives a development proposal for this site.
Community Trails Strategy open house (May 22)
Location: Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Rotary Lakeshore Room
Details: The Community Trails Strategy was initiated in December 2013. The purpose of the public meeting will be to review and gain input on:
• the draft trails network,
• implementation priorities, and
• key strategy recommendations.
There will be a brief presentation at 7:15, followed by an open-house to review the study materials and engage in one-on-one discussions with study team members.
Public Information Centre on Dundas St widening (May 29)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Community rooms 2 and 3 at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way.
The meeting will review plans for widening Dundas Street from four to six lanes between Brant Street in Burlington and Bronte Road in Oakville. Halton Region is undertaking the study for road improvements along the Dundas Street (Regional Road 5) corridor from Brant Street (Regional Road 18) to Bronte Road (Regional Road 25). You can submit comments by June 13 to Jeffrey Reid, senior transportation planner at Halton Region, email@example.com or Neil Ahmed, P. Eng., project manager at MMM Group Limited at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this project, visit the project website at www.halton.ca/EAprojects
Burlington Waterfront Committee (June 3)
Location: Room 305, City Hall
Details: Citizens group discusses issues related to public access and protection of Burlington's waterfront. Everyone welcome. For more information, visit burlingtonwaterfront.org
Scale model of the Freeman Station.
Centro Farmer's Market (Sundays to end of October)
Time: May 25, 9am-12pm
Location: Rear parking lot of 437 Brant Street
Details: Centro Garden hosts a community Farmer's Market every Sunday from 9 am - noon through the end of October! Phone: 289-337-5755
Tags: workshops , Outdoors , shopping , demonstrations , markets
Fit in the Core (Sundays all summer)
Time: May 25, 10-11am
Location: Civic Square, 426 Brant Street
Details: Burlington Downtown presents: Fit in the Core, open air fitness every Sunday in Downtown Burlington — free of charge. Coming May 25: Power Yoga, with instructor Jara Bruce from Kinetic Physiotherapy. All ages and levels welcome.
Friends of Freeman Station at Doors Open Toronto (May 24-25)
Location: John Street Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, Ont
Friends of Freeman Station has been invited by the Toronto Railway Historical Association to set up our Burlington Junction station model and display at the John Street Roundhouse during the Doors Open Toronto weekend.
For more details, visit toronto.ca/doorsopen and search for "John Street Roundhouse".
Touch-a-Truck (May 24)
Location: Roads and Parks Maintenance building, 3330 Harvester Rd.
Details: The City of Burlington will host the second annual Touch-a-Truck event in honour of Public Works Week (May 18 – 24). Similar to last year, the day will feature tours hosted by Burlington Transit, a display of city vehicles that children can explore, and a free barbeque from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Burlington Caribbean Connection Spring Brunch (May 25)
Time: Doors open 12, lunch 12:30.
Location: Burlington Seniors Centre, 2285 New St.
Tickets: $25 adults
Details: We are highlighting the Island of Grenada this year, as well there will be entertainment and door prizes. This is a part of the cultural aspect of our City! Contact Ancilla Ho-Young, President at 905 332 4570 for tickets.
Burlington Humane's ARFmazing Race and Pooch Promenade (May 25)
Location: Spencer Smith Park
Details: Have fun at this year’s “ARF”Mazing Race for you, your family and your dog! Fun competition and prizes! Back by popular demand – Pooch Promenade! Join us for a 4 km walk or a stroll around the park with your pooch. Everyone welcome, all skill levels, all ages. There will be a barbeque, vendors and prizes.100% of proceeds go to Burlington Humane Society for the care and shelter of rescued animals.
Walk Route: The walk begins at Spencer Smith
Park, along the waterfront trail to Beachway Park and back.
General information: 905-637-7325 or www.burlingtonhumane.ca
Swan Stories (May 29)
Location: Centennial Room at Burlington’s Central Library, 2331 New St.
Details: The Trumpeter Swan Coalition, with the sponsorship of BurlingtonGreen (one of our member groups), is hosting a free community event called Swan Stories. This special presentation will highlight the remarkable stories of individual Trumpeter Swans who helped bring back their species from the brink of extinction. Hear the stories of Magic, Athena, Pig Pen, Cinderella and more. Like all great tales, these stories are filled with courage, tragedy, humour and heroism. This evening will be an event that everyone will enjoy. Please RSVP to email@example.com to let organizers know how many people will be in your group.
Downtown Community Lunch (June 4, 18)
Time: 12-1pm, Doors Open 11:30
Location: St. Luke's Hall, 1382 Ontario St.
Would you like to visit with others? Make new friends? Enjoy a free lunch? Join St. Luke's for a community lunch the 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesdays of each month. We are a community gathering that inspires new friendships and community connections developed through conversation over good food. SPONSORS: Knox Presbyterian, St. John Catholic, Burlington Baptist, and St. Luke Anglican churches.
BurlingtonGreen Eco Film Festival - Vanishing of the Bees (June 3)
Time: Doors open 6:30pm
Location: Central Library, 2331 New St.
Details: Raising awareness and offering solutions we can take part in every day, Vanishing of the Bees strengthens the movement to heal our planet for a healthier world. For more information, visit www.burlingtongreen.org
Moon in June road race (June 7)
Time: Festivities start 6pm, race 9pm.
Location: Downtown Burlington
Details: The Moon in June course is a flat fast one loop certified 5k and 2 loop certified 10km of downtown Burlington. The route highlights the fabulous Burlington Waterfront at sunset and in the darkness of night. This finish is at the search lights and party in the Civic Square at City Hall. Proceeds to Halton Trauma Centre. For route map and other information visit here
Sound of Music Festival kick off (June 7)
Time: 6-11 pm
Location: Spencer Smith Park
Details: Enjoy free concerts in the park and later that night, help us congratulate the runners in the annual Moon in June road race in Downtown Burlington. Post race activities will be held at the park. Award presentations will take place on the Festival Stage at 10:30 pm during the evening concert.
35TH Sound of Music Festival (June 12-15)
Location: Downtown Burlington/Spencer Smith Park
Details: Burlington comes alive with Canada’s largest free music festival. Come to enjoy the biggest annual gathering of music by the lake and enjoy 5 days of free concerts spanning all genres.
Visit the website: www.soundofmusic.ca. General Information Line: 905-333-6364
What a Girl Wants clothing sale/fundraiser (June 15)
Location: Holiday Inn, Guelph Line/Harvester Road
Tickets: $20.00 Early Bird Tickets/$10.00 Regular Admission
Clean out your closets and start your spring cleaning now. Donate your new and/or upscale, repeat clothing by June 1 for the 2014 WHAT A GIRL WANTS event.
Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories — more than 10,000 items. Each item $2. Cash only. Early-bird shoppers can start at 8 a.m. for an admission fee of $20 while later shoppers can get in at 10 a.m. for a cost of $10. All proceeds donated to Habitat for Humanity Halton.
For more information, please contact Mary Dilly at 289-245-1446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To see more community events, visit my "Community" page on my councillor website. To add your event to the list, email details to my assistant Georgie Gartside at email@example.com.
With Ralph Sgro on McHappy day: raised $33k for child care at Joseph Brant Hospital.
Marianne Meed Ward
City/Regional Councillor, Ward 2, Burlington
905-335-7600, x 7588
905-335-7600, ext. 7368
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