The Official Plan Project Team wants you to take part so badly - they might pay you to show up.

News 100 blackBy Pepper Parr

January 7th, 2019



The event is getting as much promotion as a Boxing Day Sale.

The city is clearly going to do a full Monty on this one – will they drag people in off the street to pack the Council Chamber on the 16th?

The public got treated to the Official Minutes for the December 16th meeting of Council at which they:
Receive and file Community Planning Department report PB-89-19 regarding Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown concept discussion; and

Direct the Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility that, in planning the recommended concept for the downtown based on good planning principles and practices, consideration be given to reducing the heights in the Brant Street Corridor, downtown east side, Locust Street and the foot of Lakeshore Road/Burlington Avenue; and that the overall densities more closely align with the minimum target of 200 people or jobs per hectare; and that the calculations of people/jobs per hectare (total and density) for the preferred concept be included in the final report, including estimations of Old Lakeshore Road and Waterfront Hotel (based on current Official Plan permissions).

One wants to read that Staff Direction very carefully – and then when we see the report later this week try and determine if Staff delivered

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Don Fletcher – delegated

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Lynn Crosbie and Blair Smith – delegated

Next Steps
On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at a meeting on the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee, City staff will present a recommended land use vision and concept for the future built form of the downtown to Burlington City Council.

Meeting details:
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
1 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, second floor, 426 Brant St.

A copy of report PL-02-20, containing the recommendation, will be available to the public online on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at A notification email will be sent to let you know the report is available.

Visit to:

• View the recommended concept
• Read the evaluation of the two preliminary concepts, from fall 2019
• Learn more about how you can register to speak to Council as a delegate at the Jan. 16 meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Alison Enns, Project Manager at 905-335-7600, ext. 7787.

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Mayor Meed Ward listening to delegations.

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Angelo Benivegna – tangling with a delegation.

If you delegated at the Dec. 5, 2019 committee meeting about the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan, we would appreciate hearing about your experience. Please take a few minutes to complete a delegation survey.

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2 comments to The Official Plan Project Team wants you to take part so badly – they might pay you to show up.

  • anneandavegmailcom

    WeloveBurlington thank you we need you to keep us informed on the significant issues. Confused right now as to why City has not attempted to address Province on moving boundaries for UGC or removed mobility hubs given invitation from MPP MCKenna back in Spring of last year!

  • WeLoveBurlington

    Regardless of the COB advisories, the critical meeting is that of the 14th. If the staff recommendations regarding the proposed Land Use policies are approved, then we are locked into a tall building scenario for the downtown. As such, the concept being brought forth on the 16th is just ‘pro forma’. It is unlikely that either citizens or Council truly understand the significance of what will transpire on the 14th. WeLoveBurlington will be there, will delegate and will ensure that the import of the decisions is crystal clear.