March 2017 Progress Report

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Mayor Rick Goldring hosted a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a group of community stakeholders on Feb. 24, 2017 to discuss seniors’ housing in Burlington. The day concluded with Mayor Goldring announcing the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Burlington City Council – Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, April 3 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing

I am pleased to share I am creating a one-year task force to help address the issue of seniors’ housing in Burlington.

I made the announcement on Feb. 24 during a visit I hosted with the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, focused on a roundtable discussion with community stakeholders on seniors’ housing needs in Burlington.

Over the next 20 years, the percentage of seniors within Burlington is expected to grow to about one in every four residents and the number of seniors over the age of 80 is expected to more than double.

I have spoken to a number of people in our community who tell me they are experiencing challenges finding seniors’ housing. I have heard this from seniors who raised their families here and want to downsize so they can stay in their community. I have also heard this from families who are trying to find the right type of housing for their aging parents.

The challenges shared by residents are varied, from health to financial. Often, it is a combination of a number of obstacles. Adding another level of complexity to this issue is that Burlington has a higher percentage of seniors than the provincial average.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing is a one-year initiative starting in May 2017. It will be led by my office.

Members will be appointed to the task force by the Office of the Mayor. We will announce the members and more details in April. The task force will consider options and opportunities related to seniors’ housing in Burlington and will report back in one year.

More information will be available next month in my newsletter as well as on my blog.

Register for Inspire Burlington: Millennial Success Stories

Registration is open for my next Inspire Burlington Speakers’ Series event. Presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee, Inspire Burlington: Millennial Entrepreneurial Success is on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd.

The evening features a speakers’ panel of millennial entrepreneurs, including Kimberly Calderbank, Director of Marketing and Communications, Yellow Robot; Erin Dunham, CEO and Co-Founder, The Other Bird, and Nicole Mortimer, Founder, Zippy Jamz.

The speakers will share their journeys and tips for success as millennial entrepreneurs. The event concept, speakers, format and venue were determined by the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

The evening includes an interactive question and answer session hosted by Mayor Goldring, as well as an organized networking activity led by the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

I am proud to co-host Inspire Burlington with this dedicated group of millennials that I have had the opportunity to get to know over the past year. This event reflects the fresh ideas the committee has brought to City Hall.

As with all Inspire Burlington events, admission is free and residents of all ages are welcome.

Please note there is limited parking available at the Rock Garden. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Overflow parking is available at the RBG Centre, 680 Plains Rd. W., located two kilometres east of the Rock Garden. The Rock Garden has outdoor bicycle parking.

Reserve your free ticket online today to guarantee a seat at https://inspire-burlington-millennials.eventbrite.com.

Open Door Session with Mayor Goldring

Do you have an idea, question or comment about Burlington? I will be at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre, 2295 New St. on Friday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m. to connect with you. Call or email my office ahead of time to make an appointment or drop by. I look forward to seeing you there.

Metrolinx Public Meeting – Burloak Drive Grade Separation

Metrolinx, an agency of the provincial government, is completing a Transit Project Assessment Process to grade separate Burloak Drive in the City of Burlington and Town of Oakville.

The project will enhance safety, on-time performance and operational flexibility/reliability and is part of the Regional Express Rail Transportation Plan. This plan will enable more frequent train service along the Lakeshore West Rail Corridor.

The project will include the construction of an underpass (road under rail) at the Burloak Drive rail crossing.

Metrolinx will assess the environmental impacts of this transit project by undertaking an Environmental Assessment following the Transit Project Assessment Process. As part of that process, an Environmental Project Report is being prepared.

The community is invited to a public meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd., in Oakville.

The Metrolinx study team, as well as Town of Oakville and City of Burlington staff, will be on hand to answer questions and receive your comments.

For more information, or to be added to the study’s mailing list, please contact Georgina Collymore, Senior Advisor, Environmental Assessment Communications & Community Relations at Metrolinx by phone at 416-202-4921, by email burloak@metrolinx.com or go online to metrolinx.com/burloak.

City of Burlington wins 2016 Public Works Project of the Year Award

The City of Burlington Capital Works Department has been recognized by the Ontario Public Works Association for its Aug. 4, 2014 Vulnerability, Prioritization and Mitigation Study in the category of 2016 Public Works Project of the Year in the environment category.

The Ontario Public Works Association Public Works Projects of the Year Awards are presented annually to promote excellence in public works projects by recognizing the success of the projects, as well as the alliance between team members who have completed these significant projects.

Immediately following the rain storm of Aug. 4, 2014, the City of Burlington hired Amec Foster Wheeler to study the rainfall and flooding; to identify areas in Burlington at risk of flooding and to recommend solutions for these areas. The study’s recommendations have formed the framework for the city’s future stormwater program. Currently, several of these recommended projects are underway.

The Ontario government also helped the City of Burlington with flood recovery efforts through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program. The Burlington Foundation raised $900,000, which the province matched two to one with $2.1 million to support flood recovery efforts in the City of Burlington.

For more information, visit www.burlington.ca/flood.

OMB Hearing for Martha Street Development Resuming in July

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing on the proposed 26-storey development at 375 and 380 Martha Street has been adjourned until July 2017.

The adjournment was requested by the City of Burlington due to the unavailability of one of its witnesses. The hearing is set to resume July 17, 2017 at Burlington City Hall.

I have heard a long list of concerns about this proposed development, among which are environmental impact, emergency vehicle access, traffic on Martha Street and Lakeshore Road, pedestrian safety with the high number of seniors living in the neighbourhood, compatibility, precedent, parking, design and scale.

Since this application was submitted, originally at 28-storeys, I have continued to argue the proposed density is too significant for this site. I am still seeking a development that is a better fit for the neighbourood.

Mobility Management Strategy for Halton

Halton Region is part of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, which currently has a population of 7 million people that will grow to 10 million within 25 years.

Halton Region’s current population is 550,000 and is expected to grow to 1 million within that same period. There will also be a corresponding increase in jobs within the region.

Clearly, Halton needs to create a long-term mobility strategy to address transportation issues.

I am pleased to announce Halton Region is embarking on a process to develop a Mobility Management Strategy for the region. As its name suggests, the strategy will analyze issues facing Halton from today through to 2041. The strategy will help the region develop its immediate and long-term transportation system. It will also give the region a framework to use to respond to Metrolinx, a provincial agency, as it reviews and updates its regional transportation plan, The Big Move.

The Mobility Management Strategy for Halton will focus on five principle goals:

  • Access to a full menu of advanced transportation options: Increase choices for travel using innovative technology and support a range of travel options, including active and accessible transportation.
  • People/goods movement throughout the region: Facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods by investing in transportation infrastructure that supports all modes of transportation.
  • Smart growth: Support growth management by integrating transit and land use planning and providing higher-order transit along key corridors. Implement complete streets design to support active transportation and multi-modal options.
  • Transit as a competitive, viable transportation choice: Make transit a better choice for more people who live, work and visit the region. Increase service frequencies to make transit more attractive to users.
  • Transit network connectivity/access: Improve network access and connectivity. Increase first-mile/last-mile solutions with greater connectivity between GO and local transit hubs.

The next step in the Mobility Management Strategy is the completion of a transit priority mobility network corridor improvement business case assessment. This study will assess the improvement alternatives for each of these corridors, such as queue jump lanes, transit signal priority and transit stop improvements.

The findings would be incorporated into the next regional Transportation Master Plan Update to 2041.

In addition, the region and its local municipalities are completing an evaluation of the existing major transit station areas in Halton. Some of the considerations are each station’s capacity to support Metrolinx Regional Express Rail and potential for economic growth.

I think the Mobility Management Strategy is important. As in many places in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, recent growth has placed greater demand on the transportation system, including the provincial highway network and regional and local roadways within and across Halton.

We can’t plan transportation in the same way as we have always done and expect a different result. In order to ensure livable, vibrant cities and towns within Halton, we have to look at investing in giving people more options to get around our communities and our region.

Celebrate Canada 150 with 150 Love My Hood Events

The City of Burlington is encouraging residents and block party organizers to host a community event through the Love My Hood program to celebrate Canada 150 in Burlington neighbourhoods and communities.

Introduced in 2015, the Love My Hood program is designed to make it easier for residents to host neighbourhood events and can help organizers get in touch with special guests, such as the Burlington Teen Tour Band, police and fire, to have them appear at events.

Love My Hood also provides tools like a planning guide, activity kits and funding to a maximum of $300.

With 2017 being Canada’s 150th birthday, I am encouraging all neighbourhoods to host an event to get to know your neighbours and celebrate our country. Our hope is to help 150 neighbourhoods across Burlington have a local event in 2017.

For more information, download the Love My Hood planning guide at www.burlington.ca/lovemyhood or contact the Burlington Events Office at LoveMyHood@burlington.ca or 905-335-7600, ext. 7391.

Faces of Burlington

Burlington Girls’ Hockey Club players Julia, Vanessa, Charlotte and Allison recently enjoyed a healthy snack with Mayor Rick Goldring at Appleby Arena as part of their teams’ commitment to the new Healthy Kids Snacktivist Challenge. Learn more about this game-changing initiative from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington and sign your team up by April 30 at healthykidsburlon.ca. Thanks to the Burlington Barracudas for pioneering the Snacktivist Challenge!

Come Home 2 Burlington

Tourism Burlington has created an initiative to encourage current and former residents, their family and friends, to visit and rediscover Burlington events, restaurants, shops and attractions during 2017 to help celebrate Canada 150. Watch the video and check out the website for a full list of events and contests.

Make a Request to the Office of the Mayor

My office is happy to respond to questions on various issues, requests for congratulatory letters or certificates, invitations to events or requests for a flag raising or proclamation. There are easy-to-use online forms for each of these requests on my website.

Mayor’s Town Hall on CHML

Tune in to the Bill Kelly Show on 900 CHML for my monthly appearance on the Mayor’s Town Hall. Host Bill Kelly and I discuss a wide range of news and topics related to Burlington. My next Mayor’s Town Hall is set for Thursday, April 13 from 10-11 a.m. Listen on the radio or online at www.900chml.com.

Watch Season 2 of Burlington Matters with Mayor Goldring

Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring, a community television program I host on CogecoTV, is well underway into Season 2. Episodes airing in late March and early April include: Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington and Faith and Community.

Watch past Season 2 episodes, as well as all 18 episodes of Season 1 of Burlington Matters, at Burlington.ca/burlingtonmatters. Stay connected to your community.

Community Clean Up

BurlingtonGreen is hosting the 2017 Community Clean Up on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Registration is available online here. As part of the day, the community group will also hold an eco-fair celebration in partnership with Burlington Public Library at Burlington Central Library and bandshell area from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Schools and businesses are invited to participate that week from April 17-21, 2017.

BurlingtonGreen is also supporting the City of Burlington’s six public tree planting events taking place in parks across the city on Saturday mornings, starting April 22 and ending June 3, with one in each ward. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome. Learn more here.

Lucy’s Place

Lucy’s Place, a site for charity and compassion for Halton, has opened at 2188 Queensway Dr., Unit 4 in Burlington.

Hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (by appointment), as well as on Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, contact Mina Wahidi at minawahidilucy@hotmail.com or call 289-828-2707.

Take Action Burlington Community Event

The Sustainable Development Committee in partnership with the City of Burlington presents Take Action Burlington – Let’s Live Green on Saturday, May 27 from 1-5 p.m. at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way. Admission is free. For details on presentations and exhibits visit burlington.ca/SDC.

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