February 2015 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 February’s meetings, are available online.

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, February 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Community & Corporate Services Committee: Tuesday, February 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Audit Committee: Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

City Council: Monday, February 23 at 6:30 pm.

City Updates

Budget 2015 banner[1]Delegations on the proposed 2015 current budget are welcome on Wednesday, February 11. You must register in advance to make a presentation. Please see information about how to delegate here.

As outlined in my January Progress Report, the city’s base budget to maintain services is presented with a 1.86% increase, which is below the three year rolling average of the Toronto Consumer Price Index (1.91%).

The 2015 budget continues council’s practice of an increase for the capital levy that provides a source of funding to address infrastructure renewal and helps ensure that funding is available to renew assets as required based on the city’s asset management plan. This brings the increase to 3.06%.

Business cases used to recommend changes to city services and existing service levels bring the increase to 3.44%. Business cases from local boards and committees of 0.11% result the total city tax impact of 3.55%.

Combined with the Region of Halton increase and the Boards of Education, the overall increase is 2.1% (compared to the most recent Toronto average CPI figure of 2.5%) or $19.36 per $100,000 CVA.

A public meeting on the budget was held on January 29. Unfortunately, the snowfall that day made it difficult for many people to get out. I encourage people to visit our website for details and share their budget feedback with staff at lori.jivan@burlington.ca and with myself at mayor@burlington.ca.

Coyotes

My office continues to receive occasional correspondence from residents about sightings of coyotes and their related concerns.

Relocating of wildlife is governed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the rules and regulations permit relocation only within one kilometre of where they are trapped. This is not recommended, nor is killing coyotes an option.

The city has an online reporting system and a detailed list of questions and answers about coyotes on its website here. Alternatively, please call 905-335-3030 to report a coyote sighting.

A staff direction was approved by city council on Nov. 20, 2014 requesting a review on whether or not it is appropriate and feasible to prohibit the feeding and subsequent habitation of wildlife, and report back to the Development and Infrastructure Committee in the second quarter of 2015.

The city is hosting two public meetings about coyotes, feeding wildlife and some of the options we can look at to manage our wildlife conflicts on Wednesday, February 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. in committee rooms 1 and 2 at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way and on Thursday, March 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Central Arena, 519 Drury Lane.

I ask you to continue to connect with our animal control staff and myself on any concerns you have about coyotes. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Snow Control

As a friendly reminder in light of this week’s snowstorm, the city provides regular snow control updates on its website during significant winter Snow Control[2]storms.

More information, including the levels of service for road and sidewalk snow clearing operations, can be found at www.burlington.ca/snow.

To report an area that has not been plowed, please contact Roads and Park Maintenance at 905-333-6166 or by email at rpm@burlington.ca. Roads and Parks Maintenance asks residents to wait 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling before calling to let them know if a street has not been plowed.

Update on Public Meeting on Proposed 28-Storey Building on Martha Street Martha1___Content[1]

Council chambers was filled to capacity on Monday, January 19 for the public meeting on the application for a 28-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Martha Street and Lakeshore Road.

The proposal calls for 226 residential units, three levels of above-ground parking, retail space on the main floor along Lakeshore Road and five levels of underground parking.

The development proposed by Adi Development Group requires Official Plan and zoning bylaw amendments.

The predominant message from the numerous delegates and correspondence from the community has been clear – we don’t want a 28-storey building on that site. I support that stance wholeheartedly. Please see my blog post on this issue.

City staff is expected to bring back a report and recommendation in March.

More information on the application is available on the city’s website here.

Character Area Study for Roseland and Indian Point

The Character Area Study for Roseland and Indian Point is nearing completion.

The city’s planning staff has prepared a brief outlining a list of five proposed changes to the city’s Official Plan and zoning bylaw around the Character Area Study for Roseland and Indian Point.

An aerial view of Roseland.

An aerial view of Roseland.

The five proposed changes include:

  • Develop Official Plan policies to protect and manage development in Character Areas.
  • Prepare amendments to the Zoning By-law for Roseland and Indian Point to reflect the existing housing stock.
  • Maintain the Site Plan Control By-law for Character Areas.
  • Develop an Urban Design Brief to evaluate Site Plan, Minor Variance and Consent applications in Character Areas.
  • Co-ordinate opportunities to plant trees on public rights-of-way as part of the Urban Forestry Management Plan.

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An aerial view of Indian Point.

Further details of proposed amendments within each of these five changes encompassing such aspects as setbacks, building height and lot coverage are outlined in the brief.

I have heard a variety of opinions about the proposed changes. I encourage residents to continue the dialogue with staff, myself and members of city council.

Written comments on the Character Area Study can be emailed to planner Rosa Bustamante at rosa.bustamante@burlington.ca by Monday, February 9. I invite you to also share your thoughts and feedback with me at mayor@burlington.ca.

The final report is expected in March.

Waterfront Hotel Lands Planning Study

The Development and Infrastructure Committee will be considering a report about the Waterfront Hotel lands at the Monday, February 9 meeting.

The report recommends approval of adopting a proposed process and a terms of reference for a Waterfront Hotel Lands Planning Study.

The current owner of the Waterfront Hotel lands, Vrancor Group, has recently approached the city to redevelop its property. This consists of a 1.88-acre site currently featuring a six-storey hotel and parking lot.

A study is required under our Official Plan before the site can be developed. The planning study would be conducted by outside consultants, funded by the developer, but selected and managed by city staff. A Stakeholder Advisory Committee, as well as significant public engagement, is proposed as part of the study.

The intended end result is three development options, with a preferred option, recommended to council by planning staff at the end of the process.

If you would like to provide feedback or for more information, please contact Jody Wellings at jody.wellings@burlington.ca or Rosalind Minaji at rosalind.minaji@burlington.ca.

I will be looking to support the recommendations in this report. A study will allow us to fully investigate the site’s potential, as well as allow for valuable community input. While the cost of the consultants will be covered by the developer, the city will lead this study, ensuring what I believe will be a fair process.

Climate Change Adaptation Symposium

As part of my personal commitment to raise awareness of climate change, a symposium on this issue will be held in Burlington in the last quarter of 2015.

I am seeking feedback about issues you would like to see on the agenda, as well as suggestions of guest speakers you think would be meaningful.

Please email your suggestions and ideas to mayor@burlington.ca.

City Manager Update

The City of Burlington is finalizing the selection of a new city manager.

I am impressed by the calibre of the applicants interested in managing our fine city.

City Solicitor and Director of Legal Services Nancy Shea-Nicol will be the acting city manager until the permanent city manager is hired.

The name of the successful candidate will be announced this month.

New Headquarters for Halton Regional Police Service

Late last month, regional council supported a request of $65 million for a new Halton police headquarters located near the site of the current building on Bronte Road.

We heard from Police Chief Stephen Tanner that the service has outgrown its current facility. The new building, expected to be more than 200,000 square feet, will accommodate near future and longer term police needs.halton_regional_police[1]

The region owns the land currently used for the Halton police headquarters. It also owns the land set out for the new building.

The region’s finance staff says there will not be a taxpayer impact. This is due to the funds coming from retiring debt and development charges.

Last summer, Halton Region was again named the safest Canadian regional municipality with a population of more than 100,000 based on the Statistics Canada’s 2013 Crime Severity Index.

I believe this is an important investment in ensuring our officers have the appropriate facilities and resources to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Council Code of Conduct Workshop

During the last cycle of meetings, members of city council participated in a workshop to develop a Council Code of Conduct.

This was a document we were not quite ready to approve at the end of last term, making it a priority for the start of this term.

A Council Code of Conduct helps to ensure that the members of council share a common basis for acceptable behaviour.

Following what I thought was meaningful discussion, I requested staff prepare an amended draft Code of Conduct based on our feedback and present the revised document to the Community and Corporate Services Committee in May.

Make a Request to the Office of the Mayor

My office is happy to accommodate questions on various issues, requests for congratulatory letters or certificates, invitations to events or requests for a flag raising or proclamation.

We provide easy-to-use online forms for each of these requests on my website. Please contact my office anytime with your requests.

Upcoming Events

Burlington Heritage Fair

The Burlington Heritage Fair celebrating the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald and the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag is on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Burlington Central Library, 2331 New Street. Admission is free to this family event.

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The Burlington Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2015 Mayor’s State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 18 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Burlington Convention Centre. Tickets may be purchased through the Burlington Chamber of Commerce at http://www.burlingtonchamber.com/events/mayors-state-of-the-city-address.

Public Meeting About Coyotes

The city is hosting a public meeting about coyotes on Wednesday, February 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way.

19th Annual Women’s Day Breakfast

The Honourable Paddy Torsney presents the 19th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast with Dr. Catherine Zahn, president and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, on Friday, February 27 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 3063 South Service Road. Tickets cost $16.50 and must be purchased in advance at A Different Drummer, 513 Locust Street.

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May 2014 Progress Report

June 2, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: May 2014

Committee and Council Meetings

Information on the most recent standing Committee meetings is available online, including agendas, minutes and videos.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: May 26, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: May 27, 2014
  • Audit Committee: May 28, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on June 9.

Council Update

BEDC Inc.

I have continued to report on the transition of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation as this continues is one of my key areas of focus. As mentioned last month, we established a plan for a new business corporation – BEDC Inc. – with an expanded mandate and purpose.

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Queen’s Park Day; Community Report; No. 1 Again: April 2014 Progress Report

April 23, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: April 2014

Committee and Council Meetings

Information on the most recent standing Committee meetings is available online, including agendas, minutes and videos.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: April 14, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: April 15, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights: April 7, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on April 28.

Burlington Again Voted Best Mid-sized City in Canada by MoneySense Magazine

Last month we received news that Burlington was again ranked the No. 1 mid-sized city in Canada according to MoneySense Magazine’s Canada’s Best Places to Live 2014.  MoneySense ranked Burlington the fifth-best city overall in Canada, including the third-best place to raise children, the second-best place for new immigrants and the third-best place to retire. The top five cities on the list are St. Albert, Calgary and Strathcona in Alberta and Ottawa and Burlington in Ontario.

We are all extremely proud to have achieved this designation again this year and to remain on the top of this list of great Canadian cities. Interestingly, based on the MoneySense rankings, small towns and mid-sized cities top the list of best places to live in Canada.

For more details about the MoneySense ranking, please visit www.moneysense.ca.

Burlington Delegation to Queen’s ParkBurlington Queen's Park

Earlier this month I led a delegation from Burlington to Queen’s Park on the GO for the day to engage with members of the Provincial government. The delegation included most of City Council, senior staff, and we were also joined at the end of the day by members of Team Burlington, Burlington Hydro, Joseph Brant Hospital, McMaster University and Chair Gary Carr and Jane MacCaskill from Halton Region.

Read more about it in my blog, “Burlington Day at Queen’s Park”.
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Budget 2014, Brant Street Pier, LaSalle Park Marina: February 2014 Progress Report

 

February 7, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: February 2014

Committee and Council Meetings

Information on the most recent standing Committee meetings is available online, including agendas, minutes and videos.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: February 3, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: February 4, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights from last month: January 23, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on February 18 where we will be considering the Proposed Capital Budget.

Budget 2014

On February 18th, Council will vote on approving the Proposed Capital Budget for 2014. Immediately after, we will begin our review of the proposed 2014 Current operating budget at the Community and Corporate Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. on February 20, 2014.  A special Council meeting will be held immediately following the Committee meeting to approve the Current budget.

On January 29th, we held an interactive workshop about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets. We had a great turn out at this meeting. Participants had the opportunity to discuss service choices, infrastructure, and the long-term financial plan while learning more about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets and the impact the budget will have on 2014 property taxes.
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