Burlington Airpark Environmental Report
As you know, over the last 5-6 years, tens of thousands of truck loads of fill have been transported onto the Burlington Airpark site for the apparent purpose of expansion and enhancements to the existing services offered at the airpark.
These activities have raised a number of questions by both neighbours, residents and the city, including questions about the quality of the fill being dumped.
On July 15 City Council received a report from Terrapex Environmental on test results of the fill at the Burlington Airpark. The results have been shared with the public and are available online. A summary of the test results is available in the press release issued: “Burlington City Council receives environmental report on fill material at Burlington Executive Airport”
November 4, 2013
Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park is one of three of Halton Region’s waterfront parks. Burlington Beachway Park is classified as a regional park, and is jointly governed by Halton Region, Conservation Halton and the City of Burlington.
The City of Burlington is committed to protecting the Beachway, an environmentally significant area of the city, while respecting the rights of the existing residents.
(Read more about the City Council meeting here: “Burlington Beachway Park: Update from City Council”)
As a result of the Halton Regional Council decision on October 23, the city will continue working in partnership with the Region of Halton and Conservation Halton to deliver a detailed park design, master plan and an environmental management plan for the area.
Halton Regional Council Decision
On October 23rd, after much discussion and deliberation, Halton Regional Council supported the motion (Regional Council NO. 09-13):
Affordable Housing in Burlington
November 1, 2013
According to the most recent news release from the Realtor’s Association of Hamilton and Burlington, the Hamilton-Burlington real estate market is strong and prices and sales continue to increase. This is a great indicator of the strength of our local economy.
However, with the average price of a home in Burlington climbing over $486,000, for those living with low and modest incomes, single parent families, and single person households, it can be very challenging to find affordable housing.
This issue is further exacerbated by a very low rental vacancy rate – 1.3% in Burlington compared to 4.2% in Hamilton and 2.5% across the province. A vacancy rate of 3% is considered necessary for adequate competition and supply.
We have a growing number of single-parent families and single-person households. We also have a rapidly growing seniors’ population. These demographic trends and the reality that we are approaching build-out, indicate the need for more diverse housing options in Burlington. Continue reading
September 24, 2014
Burlington Beachway Park
This week City Council approved several recommendations for the Burlington Beachway related to the 30 homes on the Beachway and Regional plans for a waterfront park.
This has been one of the most complicated matters to deal with since I have been on City Council. Land on the Beachway is owned by 3 different public agencies and many private property owners. City of Burlington zoning contradicts with the Halton Region Official Plan. There are encroachment issues, wastewater issues and property standards issues that have not been dealt with while the greater plans and vision for the Beachway have been under consideration.
I have met with several of the current beach residents and heard from many others who have expressed concern over the long-standing goal of public ownership along the beach strip. I have also heard from many residents across Burlington who feel passionately about the Beachway.
Over the past few weeks we have heard from many of the Beachway residents and from many delegations over two days of Committee meetings. Emotions have run high, and that is understandable as we are dealing with family homes and residences in this discussion.
I want to thank you all for taking the time to connect with me. This is a very complex and difficult issue and it is not resolved yet.
August 23, 2013
This past week I was in Ottawa for the annual AMO Conference with more than 1,600 other municipal leaders from across Ontario to discuss topics of mutual interest, meet with provincial ministers and opposition leaders, and to hear from some very inspiring speakers.
Last week I talked about the importance of municipal – provincial relations and that our relationship with the province is critical to deal with issues that affect our community.
Speaking up for Burlington
At the conference I met with several provincial Cabinet Ministers and leaders of the Opposition parties to discuss important issues to our community:
- Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Eric Hoskins to bring the Minister up to date on our economic development plans for Burlington and the Prosperity Corridor. The Minister was supportive of our plans and applauds our efforts for being proactive.
Meeting with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey at AMO, 2013
- Minister of Environment, Jim Bradleyand Minister of Municipal Affairs,Linda Jeffrey to discuss issues of jurisdiction of airparks in local communities. The Ministers were empathetic to the city and residents’ situation, but reiterated the issues of jurisdiction of airparks by the federal government…
Continued reading for a clip of Commander Chris Hadfield’s speech at AMO…