Committee News In Brief – Feb. 16 & 17, 2016

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Corporate and Community Services Committee – Feb. 16, 2016

Public Art Program projects for 2016-2017

Committee approved a number of recommendations related to Public Art Program Projects for 2016-2017, including: $75,000 for the Integrated Public Art Project – Cultural Nodes; $35,000 for the Burlington Mural Program – Local Artist Development Project; and $30,000 for the Park Entrance Program – Local Artist Development Project. The total amount of $140,000 will see a total of five artworks commissioned. Funding for these projects comes from the Public Art Reserve Fund.

Update on development applications for 374 Martha Street

Committee approved staff’s recommendation to oppose amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law at the Ontario Municipal Board for a development proposal at 374 Martha Street. In September 2014, applications were submitted for Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments for a proposed 28-storey, 226-unit mixed-use building at 374 Martha Street. Last fall, a revised application was submitted to the city for a 26-storey, 192-unit mixed-use building. The Ontario Municipal Board hearing is scheduled to start March 14, 2016.

Public meeting and information report: 4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard

A public meeting was held for Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments for 691 residential units consisting of 12 back-to-back townhouse units, 21 traditional townhouse units, 160 stacked townhouse units and 498 apartment units in two 19-storey apartment towers at 4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard. A report with recommendations on this project is expected to come back to the Community and Corporate Services Committee at a future date.

Agenda, reports, minutes and video for this Committee meeting can be found here.

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Feb. 17, 2016

Bike lanes on New Street from Martha Street to Cumberland Avenue

Mayor Rick Goldring introduced a staff direction that was approved by committee that staff report back at the next committee meeting on March 22, 2016 around options for separated bike lanes, on-road bike lanes, cycling tracks, using the boulevard and widening the road on the stretch of New Street from Martha Street to Cumberland Avenue. This stretch of street is scheduled for rehabilitation by the City and Region, providing opportunities for cycling improvements. Staff direction goes to City Council on Feb. 29, 2016. Read the mayor’s blog post about his staff direction.

Community Energy Feasibility Study

Proceeding with phase two of the Community Energy Feasibility Study was approved by committee. The study is looking at opportunities for more efficient and sustainable local generation of thermal energy with electrical generation. A report will come back to the Development and Infrastructure Committee with the results by the fourth quarter of 2016. The study aligns with the City’s goal of increasing sustainable local energy generation in Burlington, as outlined in the City of Burlington’s Community Energy Plan.

Report endorsing recommendations on Shoreacres Character Study

Recommendations related to the Shoreacres Character Study went before committee. The Character Area Study for Shoreacres started in February 2015. Committee endorsed, in principle, staff’s recommendations that came from the Shoreacres study aimed at assisting with managing change in that community. The next step in the process is further community consultation.

Report endorsing recommendations on Indian Point and Roseland Character Studies

Staff recommendations outlined in a report on the Indian Point and Roseland Character Area Studies were also endorsed, in principle, by committee. The Character Area Study for these two neighbourhoods formally started in January 2013. The purpose of the study was to identify and define the character area components of Roseland and Indian Point and to develop policy and implementation tools to manage neighbourhood change. The next step in the process is further community consultation.

Public meeting and information report: 1120 Burloak Drive

A public meeting was held for a Zoning By-Law amendment for a six-storey Courtyard Marriott hotel built on site behind the existing one-storey convention centre at 1120 Burloak Drive. A report with recommendations on this project is expected to come back to the Development and Infrastructure Committee at a future date.

Agenda, reports, minutes and video for this Committee meeting can be found here.

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