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Welcome to my Blog

This is a forum for open dialogue and communication with the people of Burlington.

I look forward to engaging with you through this blog and other forums to generate discussion on issues, to share information and to open positive, constructive dialogue about the City of Burlington.

A few things about my blog:
  • Please note that comments will be moderated to filter spam and language.
  • Comments posted on the blog will not become part of an official public record. The purpose is to get your feedback and discuss issues. If you have input that you would like to be part of official City or Burlington records, or to be addressed to Burlington City Council, please email me at mayor@burlington.ca.
  • I am committed to posting regular, timely content for discussion but if you have an immediate concern or emergency, please call the proper authorities or City Hall at 905-335-7600 or Information Halton at 311.
  • I am the primary author of the blog, but my staff will help moderate and update information.

I ask you to use ‘netiquette’ and respectful language so that we may have an open and respectful conversation about the questions and issues facing the City of Burlington

Recent Posts

January 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

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State of the City Address 2016

Burlington must grow differently as the city approaches build-out of its urban areas and as the city continues to protect valued green spaces. We are one of the first municipalities in Southern Ontario to stop sprawl and instead grow in place, something that many other municipalities will be faced with in the next decade or two.

I was pleased to deliver this message as part of my annual State of the City Address on Jan. 28 to a Burlington Chamber of Commerce audience of more than 400 people.

Burlington is built out with very little room left for traditional greenfield suburban-type development. Fifty per cent of Burlington is rural, agricultural, natural greenbelt and the vast majority of people I talk to want to keep it that way.

The centrepiece of my message was the nearly-complete Strategic Plan for the City of Burlington. After more than a year of collaboration between the community, City Council and city staff, the strategic plan is nearly done, with city staff making revisions based on the feedback provided in December and January. The completed document goes to City Council for approval this spring.

There are four key strategic directions outlined in Burlington’s new strategic plan including: i) A City That Grows ii) A City that Moves iii) A Green and Healthy City iv) An Engaging City. These themes were highlighted in an accompanying video entitled ‘Where We Grow from Here: Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040’.

The strategic plan is the 25-year blueprint for city-building and will be supported in more detail with the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Corporate Work Plan.

To read the complete speech, visit http://www.burlingtonmayor.com/state-of-the-city-2016/. The video recording is available below of the entire speech.

For the Where We Grow from Here: Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040, watch below, or to review the draft strategic plan, visit www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

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