2018 State of the City
On Thursday, February 1st, I delivered my 2018 State of the City address to an audience of over 400 at the Burlington Convention Centre.
My speech celebrated the great accomplishments made by the City of Burlington, the residents and various organizations who call our city home.
Burlington is evolving in many ways. I’m very proud of the work being done to develop and leverage a strong brand that positions Burlington as a highly attractive business location.
The State of the City address will be airing on YourTV next week.
Tuesday, Feb. 13 @ 10 am
Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 10 pm
Friday, Feb. 16 @ 11 am
2018 Operating Budget Approved
Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2018 operating budget with a 4.36% increase in the city’s portion of property taxes.
Combined with tax increases from Halton Region and the boards of education, the overall tax increase is 2.55% or $20.27 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment.
The 2018 budget is focused on community investments that deliver on the city’s 25-year Strategic Plan while ensuring the programs and services residents depend on are well-maintained and cost-effective. Investments, including much-needed funding to improve transit, are designed to meet the needs of our growing community
You can take a look at the copy of the 2018 operating budget online here.
Latest Draft New Official Plan
The Burlington City Council continue to have discussions over the proposed New Official Plan this month.
On January 29th, City Council approved the amendments made to the draft New Official Plan from the January 23 & 24 Planning & Development meeting. The amendments include lowering building height, parking and preserving heritage buildings.
I wrote about it in detail here on my blog for you to review.
You can read or download the revised new draft Official Plan here.
There will be 2 Open House dates for the public to review and discuss the latest revisions with the staff.
Dates are as follows:
* Monday, Feb. 12 @ Haber Community Centre in Community Rm #2, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
* Thursday, Feb. 15 @ City Hall Rm. 247 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A second statutory public meeting will take place to present the revisions.
That meeting is scheduled for February 27th at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. Delegations are not required to register in advance to speak.
Reverse Town Hall Q & A
When I held my Reverse Town Hall on January 18th, I received many questions from residents about the draft New Official Plan.
Some I answered at the meeting and some I decided to answer here on my blog because I didn’t want to take away the time that was meant for resident speakers.
It has taken longer than I had hoped to get this out, so thank you for your patience.
Aldershot Quarry Update
Last month, in an effort to obtain answers and clarifications to specific concerns over the Aldershot Quarry expansion, I organized a stakeholders meeting.
At the meeting were representatives from Tyandaga Environmental Coalition (TEC), representatives from Meridian Brick, MPP Eleanor McMahon, Councillor Rick Craven, Conservation Halton and Provincial staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
The meeting provided an opportunity for an open dialogue, and it proved to be very informative.
I remain committed to supporting the efforts of residents seeking to obtain information related to the Meridian Brick Aldershot Quarry operation, plans and regulatory requirements, including TEC’s specific areas of concern.
We will hold further meetings to continue the discussion, answer questions and provide any necessary clarifications.
Burlington’s Cycling Plan
We are looking for your thoughts and ideas about improving cycling in Burlington.
Your feedback will be used to help shape the city’s new Cycling Plan, which will guide the future of cycling infrastructure in the city.
Province opening Cannabis store in Burlington
The Ministry of Finance and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have identified Burlington as one of 40 municipalities set to have a cannabis store by July 2018. The LCBO will make the determination of where a cannabis store is located in Burlington.
Staff will continue to monitor the direction emerging from the Province and report back to Council with a recommended approach once the provincial regulatory framework is known.
The City of Burlington has posted links to helpful information at burlington.ca/cannabis, including to provincial and federal web pages.
The City of Burlington buys the office building at 390 Brant St.
The City of Burlington has purchased an office building located at 390 Brant Street, across from City Hall, for $17.5 million.
We have been leasing space at 390 Brant St. for employee use since 2005. Our Finance, Legal, HR, as well as some services from Capital Works and Parks & Rec. currently work out of this building. The reason for our purchase is to retain office space within the downtown and to diversify our assets.
The city will maintain the current tenants and contracts to ensure seamless operation.
All existing leases in the building will remain in place with few changes to the current operation of the building.
What’s Happening Burlington?
Agendas, minutes and videos on the standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
Wondering what to do on Family Day? There is no shortage of events around our area. Take a look at the Burlington Events Calendar to plan your long weekend.