City of Burlington to address development density in new downtown plan


The City of Burlington is set to unveil its new downtown vision, which is expected to pave the way for new building height guidelines.

"We are pleased to present the recommended concept for downtown and would like to thank those who contributed their time and ideas which helped to shape this recommendation,” said Heather MacDonald, Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility. “We look forward to developing the detailed policies that will implement Council's decision on the endorsed land use vision and built form concept for downtown."

Discussion about the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan will continue at a meeting of Burlington City Council's Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee meeting on Jan. 16 starting at 1 p.m.

Residents can register to speak at the meeting here.

At the meeting, staff is scheduled to present a single recommended land use vision and concept for the future built form of downtown Burlington.

Early in 2019, Burlington City Council directed 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 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 first phase of public engagement, from Aug. to Sept. 2019, identified 13 themes that the public felt were important to reflect in the planning for downtown. These themes were used by SGL Planning and Design to inform the development of two concepts that show two possible ways downtown Burlington could accommodate growth and development in the future.

Council's decision on Jan. 16 will set the stage for the next phase of the project, which is to develop detailed policies that will implement and support the land use vision and built form concept endorsed by Council. The policies will be recommended to Council this spring for endorsement as modifications.

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