Sidewalk plan stalls as Burlington politicians step in to halt process

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Published January 8, 2024 at 3:52 pm

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Local politicians, siding with residents, intend to halt the construction of sidewalks in a Burlington neighbourhood.

At a City of Burlington committee meeting today (Jan. 8), councillors rejected a plan presented by their own staff members that would have brought sidewalks to the lakefront community of Elizabeth Gardens on the streets, Bromley Rd., Linwood Cres. and Maureen Crt.

The move comes as the majority of residents who live on those streets oppose any plans to change their neighbourhood.

Although the matter still has to go before City council, the same councillors rejected the sidewalk plan at today’s meeting.

Specifically, councillors decided not to install sidewalks on Linwood Cres. and Maureen Crt.

Further, it was decided to continue to look at Bromley Rd. to see what kind of sidewalk work can be done — if any — that won’t affect on-street parking or tree removal. Councillors expect to make a final decision about Bromley at its Jan. 16 meeting.

At today’s meeting, several members of the community appeared to voice their displeasure with the sidewalk proposal. Many have lived in the neighbourhood for several years and complained the sidewalk would lead to the removal of trees, leave less space to park cars on driveways, and, generally, change the community’s character.

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman, who has supported the homeowners throughout the process, said sidewalks may be necessary on these streets in the future, but not now.

“Homeowners bought a house without a sidewalk and that was their choice and they are saying they still don’t want them and that is a reasonable expectation,” Sharman said. “I’m with the homeowners. Give the community what they asked for. Respect their opinions and their views.”

Burlington’s Transportation Services Department had been recommending the addition of sidewalks to provide better links to parks, schools, community amenities, and transportation networks.

While the sidewalk work is not likely to proceed, other road construction is still planned for the neighbourhood.

Upgrades on Bromley Rd., Maureen Crt, Lindwood Cres., Brewer Crt., Broughton Cres., and Verhoeven Rd. are earmarked for upgrades including new asphalt, better streetlights, sewer repairs, and water systems.

 

 

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