Proposed Community Benefits for 421 Brant Street

A report outlining the proposed Section 37 Community Benefits for 421 Brant Street has been released by the Planning Department. This will be presented at the Planning and Development meeting on Tuesday, April 10th.

On November 13, 2017, Council approved applications to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, as modified by staff, to permit a mixed-use development with a height up to 23 storeys at the north-east corner of Brant and James Street across from City Hall.

I did not support the approval as I believe the height is excessive for this location.

Section 37 of the Planning Act is a planning tool which allows municipalities to accept “community benefits” when granting increased density and/or height through a change in zoning or official plan policy.

The report heading to the committee next week outlines the recommended direct and indirect community benefits that Planning staff is recommending for approval, as noted below.

Direct benefit vs Indirect benefit

  • A direct community benefit is a monetary contribution.
  • An indirect community benefit has a public interest but doesn’t involve a direct monetary contribution.

The direct benefits listed below have been negotiated under Section 37 by Planning staff. The indirect benefits were identified as part of the development proposal outlined in the November Planning report in support of the approved 23 storey development.

Here is the list of community benefits that Planning staff are recommending for approval:

• To assist in the pursuit of long-term affordable housing, the Developer agrees to a discount of $300,000 to be used against the purchase price of up to 10 dwelling units within the subject development, or in the event that a purchase(s) is/are not to occur within the subject development, the Developer agrees to provide the City with a cash contribution of $300,000 prior to condominium registration. [Direct benefit]

• The Developer agrees to provide a direct community benefit of $150,000 towards the public art reserve fund to be used within the publicly accessible privately owned easement area referred to in subsection (v) and/or in the future Civic Square expansion area. [Direct benefit]

• The Developer agrees to provide a direct community benefit of a $50,000 contribution towards the future expansion of Civic Square. [Direct benefit]

• The Developer agrees to provide one (1) publicly accessible car share parking space (indirect community benefit assessed at $50,000) and contribute to the City’s emerging car-share network by accommodating a car-share vehicle for a minimum of two years starting from the first occupancy (indirect community benefit assessed at $50,000), or equivalent.

• The Developer agrees to provide public access by way of an easement to be registered on title for lands located at the northeast corner of Brant Street and James Streets, the minimum dimensions of which are in the form of a triangle measured at 16m by 16m (an indirect community benefit assessed at $75,000).

• The Developer agrees to provide eight (8) visitor parking spaces (indirect community benefit accessed at $400,000).

• The Developer agrees, and it is enshrined within the amending zoning by-law, that increased building setbacks, including widened sidewalks on Brant Street, James Street, and John Street, and view corridors on Brant Street and James Street to City Hall and the Cenotaph (indirect community benefit accessed at $250,000).

• The Developer agrees to implement green technology and sustainable architecture elements into the subject property in accordance with either LEED certification standards and/or compliance with the City’s Sustainable Building and Development guidelines (indirect community benefit accessed at $300,000).

• The Developer agrees to implement City of Burlington Streetscape Guidelines Standards within the Brant Street, James Street, and John Street public realm areas, including the expanded building setback areas at-grade and the publicly accessible open space easement area outlined in (v) above (an indirect community benefit accessed at $150,000).

You are invited to attend the April 10th Planning and Development Committee meeting where this report will be discussed by Committee.

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Update

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring continues to provide a series of updates relevant to the vision of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee set out by Co-Chairs Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf in November 2017. This allowed committee members with an opportunity to ask questions to better understand how they can contribute to shaping their city.

Mayor Goldring identified the recent delegation by the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee requesting Holiday Transit service as an example of a ‘win’.

Burlington was one of the few municipalities in Ontario that did not offer transit service on the holidays. The Millennial Advisory Committee delegated through a written policy brief to formally identify the gap in transit service.

Effective transit service is a key area that the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee strives to influence, as greater intensification and limited space will mean more cars on Burlington’s streets and roads.

 The Millennial Perspective

Mayor Goldring explained the process of influencing council. For the Burlington Millennial perspective to carry weight, it needs to be given early in the process by engaging with relevant stakeholders before community events and workshops that precede the relevant committee and council meetings.

 A Vision Greater than Themselves

Mayor Goldring also discussed the importance of civic engagement, especially at early stages of projects within the City of Burlington. This led to a presentation by Co-Chairs Mark and Karl reiterating the three pathways for engagement the Millennial Advisory Committee is taking:

(1) Passive Engagement – Community presence and participation in Workshops;

(2) Reactionary Engagement – Delegating on contemporary topics at City Hall; and

(3) Proactive Engagement – Working with city staff to offer insightful policy critiques.

To increase the effect of the perspective of our generation in Burlington, it is increasingly more important to continue engaging at committee meetings and city workshops, but also to draft thoughtful policy proposals and send them to the proper stakeholders at City Hall.

The strategy is to lead a sustainable and influential committee of millennials in Burlington to build community engagement and provide advice and insights into policy impacting our city. This ties in with the mandate established by Mayor Goldring for the committee, “to lead projects focused on how to keep and attract residents 18-35 in Burlington.”

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee aims to be pivotal and to be perceived as the “Go To” committee for the City of Burlington to gain valuable insights into what our generation needs to continue to make Burlington the best place to live and work.

Civic Engagement

After discussing what is critical to millennials in Burlington through a collaborative approach with surveys from the Co-Chairs and workshops facilitated by Stephanie Venimore, Business Performance Advisor for the City of Burlington, the Millennial Advisory Committee has identified three key areas of engagement:

  1. Commercial and Residential Development
  2. Transportation
  3. Burlington Culture

The Millennial Advisory Committee has delegated on mixed-use developments and transportation initiatives within the City of Burlington.

On multiple occasions, the Millennial Advisory Committee has provided key insights for important cultural projects, the Museums of Burlington Joseph Brant Museum project being especially important as it represents the cultural heritage of Burlington’s founder, Joseph Brant of the Mohawk.

Our Next Meeting

Our March meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Room # 305, Burlington City Hall – located at 426 Brant Street. Mayor Goldring will be discussing the gaps in Burlington’s public amenities.

If you are a millennial trying to get involved, then this is a chance for you to speak out on the things you think would attract more millennials to Burlington.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Primary email address
  • City of current residence
  • Social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Profession/Student status
  • A 500-word (max.) response to the following question: What ideas do you have for Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee that would help meet its mandate of helping Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.

Why get involved?

The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:

  • meet new people
  • share your talents
  • develop skills
  • address a common interest
  • make a difference in your community

Want more information?

Read the October Update from Term 2 Co-chairs Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at  mayor@burlington.ca

Inspire Burlington featuring Glen Murray

 

I am very excited to announce that Glen Murray, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, and former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change is the keynote speaker for my next Inspire Burlington series on Wednesday, April 25th at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Glen will focus on transit-supportive development that works to create multi-modal, and sustainable cities.
Please join me on April 25th at 7:30 p.m in the main auditorium at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
As with all Inspire Burlington events, admission is FREE and all are welcome!
If you’re interested, pre-register at burlington.ca/mayor

March 2018 Update

The City of Burlington asks for review of OMB decision

The City of Burlington has filed a Section 43 review request to the Executive Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) regarding development applications at 374 and 380 Martha St.

You can read the City’s Request for Review Letter here.

Among the reasons cited by the city for requesting a review of the decision are:

The Board failed to properly consider the planning hierarchy set up in the Urban Growth Centre by City Council when the Board approved the height and density at 374 and 380 Martha St.

The Board did not consider that the city’s Official Plan allocated height and density at different levels with the Urban Growth Centre, with the greatest growth directed to the Wellington Square and Old Lakeshore Road areas. As a result, the tallest building in the city, 26 storeys, is on a site designated for significantly lower levels of height and density.

The city is asking the Executive Chair of the OMB to grant the city’s review request and to dismiss the appeals related to 374 and 380 Martha St. If that does not happen, the city requests an order directing a rehearing of the appeals or changes to the Board decision to reduce the height and density allowed on the site.

As always, I will keep everyone updated on the development of this request.

 

Open Door Session

I’m hosting another Open Door Session. Join me on Saturday, March 24th at the Burlington Mall, between 10 a.m – 12 p.m, for a friendly chat.

I will have a booth set up where we can sit down to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Contact my office to make an appointment or drop-in.
I hope to see many of you there!

To make an appointment:
Call: 905-335-7607 or Email: mayor@burlington.ca

 

Transit Survey

Calling all Burlington Transit riders and non-riders!

Please help us develop the Transit Plan by completing an online survey.

In 2018, Burlington Transit will develop a multi-year Transit Plan that will guide new investment in the city’s transit system.

Improving Burlington’s transit service is a priority for the City of Burlington. As our population grows, providing a variety of convenient, reliable options to help people get around the city is essential. The Transit Plan, along with other city plans like the Transportation Plan and the Cycling Plan, will help to bring this vision to life.

The online survey to gather input is available at www.burlingtontransit.ca/transitplan and is open until March 26.

 

Protecting the Jefferson Salamanders

It’s that time of the year again. The annual closure of King Road to allow for the safe crossing of the endangered Jefferson Salamanders during their breeding migration.

The closure began on Sunday, March 11 and will continue until April 1st. King Road will be closed from the base of the Niagara Escarpment to Mountain Brow Road.

Did you know…
Unlike most small animals, Jefferson salamanders can live a very long time; up to 30 years of age.
Learn more about the Jefferson salamander

 

Thank You Mr. Enomoto

For the last 29 years, Mr. Taroo Enomoto from Burlington’s twin city, Itabashi, Japan, has donated close to $40,000 to our city.

It started in 1989, with the twinning of Burlington and Itabashi. Mr. Enomoto visited our beautiful city and fell in love. Ever since, he has donated generously to various projects such as rhododendron garden at Paletta Lakefront Mansion, the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Place and Halton Food for Thought.

This year, he has donated $1,022, with the request that it goes to a program for children and youth. ROCK is the lucky recipient.

I feel tremendous gratitude to Mr. Enomoto, for his love for our city, and his generous donations over the years. He is our honourary citizen, and we hope to see him soon.

Open Door Session

 

I’m hosting another Open Door Session.

Join me on Saturday, March 24th at the Burlington Mall, between 10 a.m – 12 p.m, for a friendly chat.

I will have a booth set up where we can sit down to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Contact my office to make an appointment or drop-in.  I hope to see many of you there!

To make an appointment:
Call: 905-335-7607 or Email: mayor@burlington.ca