April 2017 Progress Report

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Mayor Rick Goldring recently spent a morning learning more about city tree maintenance programs with Barbara Rabicki, Manager of Forestry Operations with the City of Burlington, and a team of forestry staff.


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, May 1 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, May 2 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, May 29 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, May 30 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Burlington’s New Official Plan

The City of Burlington is excited to have a draft new Official Plan, called Grow Bold, which the Planning Department is taking out to the community for further consultation.

The Official Plan is a document that contains the City’s plans for growth and development. It has been designed to recognize that Burlington is changing how it grows.

Along with that, it outlines strategies for the challenges we face and a vision to 2041.

How are we changing the way we grow?

The fact is that we have no new areas or greenfield land to build more communities like Alton and Orchard, so we need to accommodate new residents and jobs with redevelopment of our existing land with higher densities.

This intensification is carefully planned to occur in areas that are specifically identified in the Official Plan.

The Official Plan identifies four mobility hubs as focal points for higher density and mixed-use development that will accommodate a significant share of the city’s future population and employment growth.

These hubs include downtown Burlington and the areas around our three GO stations. While the Official Plan identifies the location of the mobility hubs, the planning work for these areas is currently underway in a separate process.

Downtown Burlington is a key hub that is facing significant re-development interest. This is where intensification will mean greater height and density, be transit-supportive and contribute to the overall vibrancy of the city.

The new Official Plan continues to protect and strengthen our rural community. More than half of Burlington is greenbelt land and most people tell me they want to keep it that way.

The Plan also protects a green space system of natural areas and parks, as well as established neighbourhoods and it provides policies that will be the basis for transit network improvements.

As our city grows, we need to look at transportation differently and make more targeted investments in transit.

When thinking about growth in the city, it is important to remember the numbers 50-34-11-5.

The number 50 is the percentage of rural and natural areas in the city that are protected, while 34 is the percentage of Burlington that is established neighbourhoods that will change very modestly. The number 11 is the percentage of our employment lands that are primarily around the QEW-403 corridor and five is the percentage of the city that will see the most change and growth, which includes uptown, downtown and areas around our three GO stations.

Engagement opportunities, including interactive public meetings, on the new draft Official Plan are currently underway. Read the draft new Official Plan and learn how you can provide your feedback at the website www.burlington.ca/growbold, email growbold@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7600, ext. 7378.

Public Meeting for Proposed Downtown Development

A statutory public meeting for a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Burlington will be held on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant St.

The proposed development is a 27-storey, 183-unit apartment building at 421-431 Brant St., located at the northeast corner across the street from city hall. Some details of the proposal include:

  • A three-storey podium (building base), which is the pedestrian connection to the building at the street
  • Retail at the ground level, office/commercial on the second floor and residential units at the third floor and above. Indoor and outdoor amenity areas are on the third and fourth floor, with a rooftop amenity area, as well
  • 63 one-bedroom units, 93 two-bedroom units and 27 three-bedroom units
  • Four levels of underground parking containing 183 parking spaces.

A staff recommendation has not yet been made on this application. I wrote at length about this proposed development in my January/February newsletter. Read more here.

Staff will be preparing their recommendation in the weeks following the May public meeting. If you have feedback about this proposal, email Planner Kyle Plas at kyle.plas@burlington.ca. Please copy me at mayor@burlington.ca.

New Date for Open Door Session with Mayor Goldring

My Open Door Session in May has been rescheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre, 2285 New St. Contact my office at 905-335-7607 or mayor@burlington.ca ahead of time to make an appointment or drop by on June 2. I look forward to seeing you there.

City of Burlington Names New Director of Transit

After an extensive search, the City of Burlington is pleased to announce Sue Connor as the new Director of Burlington Transit.

Sue began her career in the transit industry in 1988, working for Mississauga Transit in a number of positions in their operations department before leading that team.

Sue is currently the General Manager of Transit for the City of Brampton, which is the ninth-largest city in Canada. She has held this role since 2003.

Sue is the Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association and Chair of Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium. Her first day with Burlington Transit is May 23, 2017.

I look forward to working with Sue and hearing her ideas as we work towards better public transit in Burlington.

New Provincial Offences Courthouse Coming to Burlington

The City of Burlington, on behalf of its partners, Halton Region, the Town of Oakville, the Town of Milton and the Town of Halton Hills, has announced a new Provincial Offences Act courthouse will be built to house Halton Court Services.

The new courthouse will be constructed at 4085 Palladium Way in Burlington to serve the people of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

Construction of the new, consolidated Ontario Court of Justice – Halton Provincial Offences Office will begin in 2017. It is scheduled for completion by January 2019. Once complete, the new courthouse will administer provincial offences court services for all of Halton Region. Provincial offences court services deal strictly with non-criminal provincial offences charges issued in Halton. These non-criminal charges include:

  • Highway Traffic Act offences, such as speeding, driving without insurance or failing to stop at a red light
  • Municipal bylaw offences, such as excessive noise, animal control or garbage disposal
  • Offences under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.

As a division of the City of Burlington’s Legal Department, Halton Court Services administers Provincial Offences Act court services on behalf of the municipal partnership within the Halton area through two locations: one in Burlington and one in Milton. These two existing courts for provincial offences will relocate to 4085 Palladium Way once the new courthouse is built.

Burlington values its relationships with the other municipalities in Halton and we are honoured to be the representative for Provincial Offences Act court service in Halton. Building the new, consolidated Ontario Court of Justice – Halton Provincial Offences Office courthouse is a long-term commitment to meet the demand of provincial offences and help improve access to justice.

Halton Region Awards $2.9 Million for Community Programs

Last month, Halton Regional Council approved nearly $2.9 million in funding to 40 community programs and projects to help enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents.

The funding is being provided through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund in one-, two- or three-year grants and will support programs that address mental health; prevent homelessness; support older adults, children and youth; improve food security and address other social needs in Halton.

This funding helps our non-profit partners deliver and enhance critical community services to improve the lives of Halton residents.

Among the recipients are a number of local agencies, such as Burlington Food Bank (Partnership West), Community Living Burlington, Nelson Youth Centre, Halton Poverty Roundtable, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Food for Life, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), St. Christopher’s Open Doors and Wellington Square United Church.

In addition to this program funding, 15 organizations will receive their second or third installment of a multi-year grant that was awarded in 2015 and 2016.

To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund, go online to halton.ca/investmentfund or dial 311.

City of Burlington Announces New Fire Chief

The City of Burlington has named David Lazenby, currently the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of London, as the new Fire Chief for Burlington.

Now in his 21st year in the fire service, Lazenby has held various roles in Canada and in the United Kingdom. David’s career began in the UK where he held progressive positions, including a secondment to the National Resilience Assurance Team. While there, he helped to oversee the response to large-scale natural and man-made disasters.

As operations chief in London, David was responsible for 14 fire stations and 340 staff as well as the hazardous materials, technical rescue and water/ice rescue teams. He previously oversaw the training and communications divisions.

Prior to his current career, David spent 11 years in the private sector working as a management accountant for one of the world’s largest mineral companies.

His education includes qualifications from the Charted Institute of Management Accountants, a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University and a Certificate in Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University.

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Returning Fall 2017

I am pleased to share the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee will be returning for a second term in the fall.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created as a pilot project in April 2016 to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 18 to 35 in Burlington. It also concentrated on creating opportunities to engage millennials with their community.

The pilot year of this exciting new committee was successful.

Our monthly meetings featured interactive presentations by more than a dozen guest speakers, from City Manager James Ridge and Planning and Building Director Mary Lou Tanner to Burlington Member of Parliament Karina Gould and Burlington Member of Provincial Parliament Eleanor McMahon.

Members of the committee gave delegations and provided written submissions to Burlington City Council on various issues.

The committee brought millennials together through special initiatives, such as the motivational Inspire Burlington Speakers’ Series event held in mid-April focused on millennials and entrepreneurism.

The past year was also a valuable learning experience for me, as I had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what millennials like about our city, and what they want to see in the future that would help motivate them to stay in Burlington.

I want to thank members for their commitment, enthusiasm and insight the past 12 months.

Stay tuned for updates this summer about the next term of the committee. For more information about the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee, visit Burlington.ca/millennials.

Faces of Burlington

Acting Captain Mark Kippin accepts a Challenge Coin, which recognizes contributions to public safety, customer service and firefighter safety,  from Burlington Acting Fire Chief Ross Monteith for his lifesaving actions.

I want to thank firefighter Mark Kippin of the Burlington Fire Department​ for recently saving a resident’s life.

Mark was off-duty and playing a hockey game at Appleby Ice Centre when a resident collapsed at the site. Mark began early CPR with help from a teammate and used the arena’s public access defibrillator.

The City of Burlington is proud of Mark for working to save people’s lives day in and day out, both on- and off-duty. We are also thankful for our partnership with Halton Region that provides Automated External Defibrillators in many city facilities, including Appleby Ice Centre, where someone could experience cardiac arrest.

Make a Request to the Office of the Mayor

My office is happy to respond to questions on various issues, requests for congratulatory letters or certificates, invitations to events or requests for a flag raising or proclamation. There are easy-to-use online forms for each of these requests on my website.

Mayor’s Town Hall on CHML

Tune in to the Bill Kelly Show on 900 CHML for my monthly appearance on the Mayor’s Town Hall. Host Bill Kelly and I discuss a wide range of news and topics related to Burlington. My next Mayor’s Town Hall is set for Thursday, May 4 from 10-11 a.m. Listen on the radio or online at http://www.900chml.com/.

Watch Season 2 of Burlington Matters with Mayor Goldring

Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring, a community television program I host on CogecoTV, is well underway into Season 2. Episodes airing in May include Seniors’ Housing Challenges and Opportunities in Burlington, and a sports-focused show with the Burlington Sport Alliance and Burlington Sports Hall of Fame.

Watch past Season 2 episodes, as well as all 18 episodes of Season 1 of Burlington Matters, at Burlington.ca/burlingtonmatters. Stay connected to your community.

Take Action Burlington Community Event

The Sustainable Development Committee, in partnership with the City of Burlington, presents Take Action Burlington – Let’s Live Green on Saturday, May 27 from 1-5 p.m. at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way.

Admission is free.

For details on presentations and exhibits, visit burlington.ca/SDC.

Burlington Foundation Happenings

Burlington Foundation is hosting an event in May as part of its Happenings 2017 series.

Spencer West is the keynote speaker at the free community event on Wednesday, May 24 at Burlington Performing Arts Centre

At five years old, Spencer lost his legs from the pelvis down. He will share his amazing story, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to bring the world’s attention to the devastating drought affecting Kenya, as well as completing a 300 kilometre-trek from Edmonton to Calgary to raise awareness and money for Free The Children’s clean water projects.

Register your free ticket from the Burlington Foundation here.

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