November/December 2016 Progress Report

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mayorchristmas1Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 

The holiday season is here, allowing us to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017.

It has been a productive year at the City of Burlington, with important progress made on many of our goals for the community. We are working on a new Official Plan, starting engagement on a Transit Plan, finalizing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, and continuing community building through initiatives like the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund.

The next year will see further progress on these important projects for our city’s future. I am asking everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of Burlington. There will be many public engagement opportunities throughout the next 12 months, and I hope you will provide your input.

During this holiday season, please remember those who are less fortunate in our community. If you are able, take a moment to donate food, clothing, gift cards or toys to a local charity of your choice. Together, we can make the holiday season brighter for others in our city.

I also encourage everyone to enjoy the many outdoor amenities our city offers during the holiday season. Go for a skate on Rotary Centennial Pond. Take your family tobogganing at Lowville Park. Enjoy a walk along your street and say hello to your neighbours. Take this opportunity to celebrate our city with your loved ones. We have so many reasons to be thankful here in Burlington.

On behalf of Burlington City Council and the Goldring family, I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole Workshop – Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Budget – Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Statement from Mayor Goldring

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Statement from Mayor Rick Goldring regarding graffiti in Tansley Woods Park:

“This hateful messaging has no place in Burlington. It is offensive and unacceptable. This graffiti does not represent the inclusivity our community works so hard to foster. City staff will co-operate with the Halton Regional Police Service in any way needed during its investigation. I ask anyone who has information about this incident to please contact Halton police.”

 

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2017 Capital Budget

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2017-capital-proposed-web-version_page_001The 2017 proposed capital budget was drafted to connect directly with Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-40.

Aligning the budget to the strategic plan provides accountability between what is achieved and the cost to you – the taxpayer.

The 2017 proposed capital budget is approximately $56 million, with a 10-year program of $667.8 million. The capital budget has a strong focus on infrastructure renewal projects reflective of the city’s commitment to the asset management plan and the strategic plan. This means we are focused on the city’s infrastructure and ensuring roads and buildings are in good condition and properly maintained.

The City of Burlington’s proposed 2017-2026 capital budget of $667.8 million is allocated into the following eight categories:

  • Roadways $305.7 million
  • Storm Water Management $ 55.8 million
  • Facilities & Buildings $ 112.1 million
  • Parks & Open Space $ 66.6 million
  • Parking $ 19.7 million
  • Fleet Vehicles & Equipment $ 70.4 million
  • Information Technology $ 26.2 million
  • Local Boards $ 11.3 million

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Fostering Community in a Growing City

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Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring at Canada Day celebrations in Spencer Smith Park.

A lot of the planning that takes place at Burlington City Hall is driven by great city building.

It is important to note an important part of city building is community building.

One of the things people are most proud of about Burlington is its strong sense of community.

Neighbours look out for one another. Parents help other children walk safely to school. Volunteers spend their time making life better for others.

As Burlington continues to grow, this sense of community remains a priority. Burlington has a small-town feel and we want to maintain that, especially as we grow in a responsible and planned way. Continue reading

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Watch Inspire Burlington: New Directions in Transportation

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Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington series presents a discussion about the future of transportation in Burlington, featuring noted urban planner Brent Toderian and public transit expert Jarrett Walker. Filmed on Nov. 14, 2016 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

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