The waterfront along Lake Ontario in downtown Burlington.
How do you build a great city?
It is a question elected officials, city staff, residents and businesspeople ask themselves on a daily basis in cities around the world.
The City of Burlington is not only talking about great city-building, but moving forward on related planning and projects with renewed vigour.
Aldershot Village Residence on Plains Road.
We are focusing on responsible growth in five key locations, including the Plains Road/Fairview Corridor, our aging retail plazas, downtown Burlington, Uptown and around our GO stations.
One such project is in the planning stages at the Aldershot GO station. City staff is working with the developer on a well-designed neighbourhood of townhouses and condominium buildings where residents can walk and take transit rather than drive. This development is anticipated to attract amenities, like a new grocery store, to the surrounding area.
Focusing on responsible, moderate growth within our urban boundary south of Dundas Street/Hwy. 407 allows us to continue to protect our rural area.
Mount Nemo in north Burlington.
A great city offers opportunities for residents to work in their own community. The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is currently making strides towards developing a forward-thinking entrepreneurship and innovation strategy for Burlington.
Artist’s rendering of Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park.
We are also building a great city with significant improvements to Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park. The majority of the project will be developed over the next five to ten years, including such projects as removing the hydro towers, creating new amenity spaces and restoring environmentally-sensitive areas.
The City of Burlington is taking a fresh approach to how people move around the city. We are working with developers to ensure there is active transportation and community shared transportation opportunities, such as car share, bike share, bicycle parking and transit passes, in new developments.
Waterfall in Kilbride in north Burlington.
A great city is also a green city. The City of Burlington is leading the way with its Community Energy Plan, which strives to help us reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint. We are currently undergoing a community energy feasibility study, which is looking at opportunities for more efficient and sustainable local generation of thermal energy, particularly in the downtown core. These systems have existed for more than 100 years and can be found on many university campuses across Canada.
One asset we already have in place is great people. The new Integrated Transportation Advisory Committee and Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee are fresh public involvement initiatives that have sparked community interest.
Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring on Canada Day 2015.
Please join us in building a great city.
Contact Mayor Goldring at 905-335-7607, email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.
This column appears in the April 2016 edition of Snapd in Burlington.