Some Burlington Residents Furious About New Housing Development

While new developments in growing cities are common, not everyone is happy with change.

Now, residents of Maplehill Drive are voicing their concerns regarding the future of the neighbourhood.

Many residents are worried about a new development plan that they say could have detrimental effects on their neighbourhood and the City of Burlington.

A GoFundMe pagehas been set up by Maplehill Oakhurst Willow Lane Neighbours (MOWN), and it highlights some potential issues that some residents say could be caused by the development.

DiCarlo Custom Homes is proposing a redevelopment on the east side of the development site (607 Dynes Rd., Ward 4).

This new development would consist of 20 townhomes that would be accessed from Maplehill Drive, along with 10 visitor parking spots and a private road.

The GoFundMe page suggests that if this proposal goes through, it will be a model for the next infill development in Burlington.

"This is not just about the Official Plan, intensification, infill, and established neighbourhoods," MOWN said on the GoFundMe page.

"It is about sustaining our city for the future through having our voices heard now. It is about how the people of Burlington want to participate in the decision-making that is currently developing our Burlington."

Residents say they’re speaking out in order to maintain quiet homes, keep children safe, and continue to fit in with residential housing.

It’s not uncommon for residents to voice concerns about new developments in their municipalities and to take those concerns to third-parties.

However, the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) found the appeal of the DiCarlo Custom Homes development proposal to be valid.

Prior to the establishment of LPAT, disputes between municipalities and developers used to be resolved by the Ontario Municipal Board.

MOWN now has to create and prepare documents under the new appeal process, which they say will require help from both a planner and lawyer.

MOWN has raised just over $5,000 of the $10,000 goal in 15 days.

Organizers say the money that is raised will be used to bring together people who will be involved with the new appeal process.

According to the GoFundMe page, "Any extra and unneeded funds that may be raised will be donated to any other group that may find themselves in the same situation."

For more information on the development, click here.

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