Make the Intensification Plan for Burlington a Voting Matter

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(from the Burlington Gazette)

The Burlington housing development sector is keen on the opportunity to build in a city where the demand seems to know no end. The plan that is being developed involves increasing our downtown from 4 stories to 17 stories in many cases, with no consideration for the citizens of Burlington's interests.

Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward has pushed for a deferral of the city plan – to allow for the public to vote on this plan. Her colleagues at the city are holding fast to the schedule, which in itself was a moving target.

The original goal was to have the Official Plan approved by the end of January, which would be today.
Meed Ward asked her colleagues, and the public that she was really speaking to, to imagine 17 storeys at

Draft Official Plan allows 17 stories on this site.
Accura on Brant
No Frills
James and John
The Poacher
The Lion’s Club
Middle of Village Square
Maria and John
Ukrainian church
John and the Lakeshore
Martha and the Lakeshore
Pearl and the Lakeshore

Those locations are currently zoned for four storeys; 17 storeys is intensification.

Planning department rendering for the north eat corner of Brant and Lakeshore.
She added to that – “the disconnect between what we are told and what we get” and points to the 421 Brant project (approved for 23 storeys)

Meed Ward sticks to her push for deferral of adopting the Official Plan until after the election
Meed Ward is clearly not done with getting the approval of this plan deferred until after the election.
She told her colleagues that “this is not our plan, this is the citizen’s plan.”

There were fewer than 15 members of the public at the city council meeting on the 29th when the modifications were put forward at the two day Planning and Building meeting. 

 

Meed Ward wanted to know what the last possible date there is going to be for the public to have their say. Deputy city manager Mary Lou Tanner said somewhere around March 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

This is going to be a long march – and it is far from over.

Let's tell the City that we want to vote on this "intensified plan" as citizens of Burlington. 



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