I want to thank the residents of Burlington who joined me at my Reverse Town Hall last Thursday evening at the Art Gallery of Burlington. We had a great turnout and I heard many insightful and legitimate concerns over the future of our downtown Burlington.
If you missed the meeting, I’ve summarized the topics discussed in this video.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 23rd, is the committee meeting where we’ll be able to listen to a presentation from the Planning and Building Staff about the downtown precinct and an opportunity to hear from delegations.
Please take a look at the information about tomorrow’s meetinghere.
Monday night, at the City Council meeting, the members of council voted 5-2 in favour of rezoning 421-431 Brant Street to allow for a proposed 23-storey mixed-use condo building to be built across from City Hall.
The Building would include 169 residential units, office space on the second floor and ground floor retail. You can read the detailed staff recommendation here.
It contains additions, deletions and modifications to the draft new Officiall Plan that was released in April. Our staff received feedback from agencies,stakeholdersand the publicthat guided in producing the new proposed OP.
We continue to ask for your input. Please join city staff at upcoming public meetings to review and discuss the proposed new Official Plan. If you can’t make it ou to the public meetings, you can email email@example.com call 905-335-7642 with your questions or concerns.
If you haven’t been following, click herefor a refresher on the New Official Plan Project.
The 2018 Proposed Capital Budget is approximately $68.6 million with a strong focus on infrastructure renewal projects reflective of the city’s commitment to the asset management plan and the Strategic Plan initiative.
Committee will review the Proposed Capital Budget on December 1, 2017, with Council approval scheduled for December 11, 2017.
I am proud and moved by the number of Burlington residents who joined me on Remembrance Day to show their love and support to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
We had a larger than normal crowd at the Sunrise Ceremony at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park. Brant Street was packed with the young and old who came to pay their respects as our veterans made their way to the Cenotaph.
2017 is a special year of commemoration for Canada, including Canada 150, the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.
I am proud and honoured to be Canadian and thankful to all our veterans who risked their lives for our freedom.
Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign
I helped kick off The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign with Major Bob and three-year-old Zoey this week.
Christmas Kettles are found in over 2,000 locations across Canada and funds donated will support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas Season.
Major Bob tells me that he is still looking for up to 100 volunteers to be the Kettle Bell Ringers in various locations across our city.
If you can give the gift of time, it would mean more low-income families will be able to spend Christmas with special meals and presents.
To become a Kettle Bell Ringer, contact Major Bob at 905-630-5212 or sign up online.
What’s Happening Burlington?
Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
The next round of committee meetings begin on November 27th.
Community Garden Lottery
The City of Burlington had one community garden in 2012 with 30 plots. Today, there are five community gardens with 167 plots including thirteen raised accessible plots for those with limited mobility.
If you’d like to claim a plot for 2018, submit an application before November 30th and you will be entered into a lottery draw on December 1st. Good Luck!
On Wednesday, October 18th, I hosted our first ever Budget Telephone Town Hall. We had a great turn out and received many thoughtful questions regarding Burlington. I want to thank all the residents who participated in this discussion.
Questions ranged from investing in our transit, bike lanes to managing traffic flow on our city streets. We gained a tremendous amount of feedback that we will use to create our 2018 Budget.
This video is a snapshot of the topics raised on Wednesday night.
Inspire Burlington With Moses Znaimer
The Mayor’s Inspire Burlington Series, with the President of CARP, Moses Znaimer is SOLD OUT! We announced the event earlier this month and we’re thrilled to see that this event is one not to be missed.
Moses will share his perspective on a “New Vision of Aging for Canada”. How baby boomers have changed in the way they age.
Our experience has shown us that even when people register to attend, they miss the event due to conflicts. We will initiate a stand-by line for walk-ins and try our best to accommodate everyone.
Downtown Mobility Hub Draft Plan
Last month, our city staff unveiled the Downtown Mobility Hub draft New Precinct Plan and Policy Framework to members of the council.
The new Draft Precinct Plan was produced after extensive consultation with the community. It proposes dedicating 49% of our downtown for public use and establishes where mid-rise and tall buildings should be located.
I encourage you to take a look and let me know what you think. You can watch the entire presentation HERE or read about it HERE.
I was invited to go LIVE on Kelly’s Facebook page to discuss the importance of mindfulness and the benefits of meditation. Not many of you know that I meditate on a regular basis. It allows me to pause from my very busy schedule to regroup and focus.
Thank you to Kelly and the team for a great start to my morning last week. You can watch the interview here.
Travel To Apeldoorn Netherlands!
This is a rare opportunity! Travel to Burlington’s twin city Apeldoorn Netherlands and stay with local families while you explore Amsterdam with Burlington’s Mundialization Citizen Committee! This is the best way to experience Dutch hospitality and culture.
CBC’s “The Current” host Anna Maria Tremonti and producer Kristin Nelson, spent the day in Burlington to talk about how our city is adapting to climate change after being hammered by the flood of 2014.
The producer of Metro Morning with Matt Galloway contacted my office because they were so intrigued by our Official Plan“Grow Bold”.
Especially the idea that the City of Burlington won’t build another single family home again. We’re building up, not out. Listen to the full interview here.
Reality on Transit
At the last Committee of the Whole Workshop, city council received news that our Transit department is operating at a level that will not meet future growth. Simply put, we haven’t made the investment needed to keep up.
Our service lacked reliability. Our maintenance team was unable to keep up with demands. Our transit staff and drivers continue to go above and beyond despite the lack of funding.
The message is loud and clear. We need significant investments in our Transit department to support a key pillar of our Strategic Plan. A City that Moves.
A report will be coming out ahead of budget schedule on how we can stabilize our system, and we’re taking this opportunity to review our entire Transit operations to make sure it meets the needs of current and future residents.
I’ve attended many public meetings to listen to what residents have to say.
What do they think of the proposed concepts? Likes? Dislikes? There are a range of opinions dependent on a number of factors. Our younger residents are very supportive of more urban development while older residents prefer more traditional suburban development.
The next step on Downtown Mobility Hub is the Committee of the Whole workshop with the city council that will feature a presentation by our staff. That meeting is Thursday, September 28th at 1 pm.
No matter where you stand on the issue, your opinion is being heard and considered.
Waterfront Hotel Planning Study
On Thursday, September 14th, two community workshops were held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
The public had the chance to study the preferred concepts for the site followed by small group discussions.
At these meetings, an emerging preferred concept was introduced along with the three original concepts used for the public survey. You can view the presentation here.
We are asking Burlington residents to continue engaging with us through this process. This is your city, your waterfront and your opinions matter. Staff will be delivering their recommendations in November. Stay tuned!
We Are An Engaging City
This is a proud moment for the City of Burlington. We have been named the Organization of the Year for being An Engaging City!
Currently, they are undergoing an environmental assessment to assess the project’s potential environmental and socio-economic effects.
From September 18 to October 31, CN will be consulting with Halton Region residents about the proposed mitigation measures to reduce the effects of the Milton Logistics Hub on communities and the environment. Further information about the proposed Project and the fall consultation period is available at cnmilton.ca.
My neighbourhood had ours this month, and it was fantastic! Our organizer Mary managed to pull out all the stops.
We collected over 3800 canned goods for the Burlington Food Bank. Our goal was 2500. They estimated that our donation was worth over $10,000! Thank you Fortinos for giving us a head start on donations.
I also wan to thank Dairy Queen, The Coop Wicked Chicken, Turtle Jacks and Frat’s Cucina who donate their time and food for the event.
What’s Happening Burlington?
Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
The next found of committee meetings begin on Monday September 25th.
First day of fall arrived Sept. 22! As we welcome fall, another round of great festivals and events are in the works! Take a look at our calendar for all the events in your area.