Spring is coming and soon the trees will be green again and we will be enjoying the outdoors. It is timely now, to talk about trees in Burlington and the City’s review of a private tree by-law.
Some background: Last spring and summer I heard from many residents concerned about the loss of trees and cutting of mature trees in their neighbourhoods. More recently, the potential loss of trees as part of a development proposal in the downtown area has become a concern for many local residents.
Unfortunately, trees are often lost as the result of development and construction. It is interesting to consider if discussions about development would be framed differently if Burlington had a private tree by-law in effect. As a maturing city, continuing to grow within our urban limits, we can expect this issue to come before us again.
I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with a journalism student from Ryerson – Burlington resident Yara Kashlan. Yara joined me at several events and meetings for the day and I was happy to highlight for her some of the activities taking place in Burlington. This was an opportunity for me to hear another perspective on the city from someone representing the future of Burlington. I invited Yara to be a guest blogger and would like to thank Yara for sharing her insight.
Starting with a meeting at the Royal Botanical Gardens, moving to a groundbreaking at Joseph Brant Hospital, an interview with the Burlington post, and finishing off with an afternoon of meetings – this was a “typical” day in the life of Mayor Rick Goldring. And believe it or not, this was a slow day!
Council and Staff have been hard at work on the City Budget for 2013. The proposed budget was approved by Budget and Corporate Services on February 28 with a tax rate increase of 4.46% The budget will go to City Council for final approval on March 18.