Burlington staff to address residents about future of downtown

 

Burlington residents will get another opportunity to have their say about the future of the downtown of their city.

Discussion about the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan will continue at a Burlington City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reconvening at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall in Council Chambers at 426 Brant St.

At the meeting, City staff will:

  • Provide an overview of the project
  • Present a report that highlights the themes, principles and land-use concepts developed to show two possible concepts for how downtown Burlington could accommodate growth and development in the future
  • Share a preliminary review of the public feedback received to date and preliminary directions

Earlier this year, Burlington City Council directed City staff to re-examine the downtown policies in Burlington's adopted Official Plan, including the height and density of buildings. As part of this work, the City has hosted a series of public engagement opportunities designed to give the community the chance to provide meaningful input on the community's vision for the downtown, both online and in person.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for input from the public and City Council. To register as a delegate to speak to Council at the meeting, visit burlington.ca/delegate.

"We would like to extend our thanks to everyone in the community who has continued to be engaged and actively participate in the discussion about the future of Burlington's downtown,” said Heather MacDonald, Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility.

The two downtown concepts created represent just two of the possible ways we could achieve the vision for the downtown and accommodate the growth and development that will continue to happen in downtown Burlington. We look forward to continuing the discussion with City Council and the public at the Dec. 5 committee meeting."

Following the Dec. 5 discussion at the Planning and Development Committee, City staff will take the input of the public and Council to inform the development of a single recommended concept for downtown Burlington that will be presented to Burlington City Council early in 2020.

During the first phase of public engagement in Aug. and Sept., participants were asked to identify what matters most to them about downtown Burlington; what they like and dislike; what they want to see protected as the downtown continues to grow; and what they want to see more of in the downtown.

A feedback report summarizing what the City heard during the first phase of public engagement is available online at getinvolvedburlington.ca.

A vote to endorse any changes to the policies that will guide development in the downtown until 2031 will be made by Burlington City Council by March 2020.

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