March 2018 Update

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The City of Burlington asks for review of OMB decision

The City of Burlington has filed a Section 43 review request to the Executive Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) regarding development applications at 374 and 380 Martha St.

You can read the City’s Request for Review Letter here.

Among the reasons cited by the city for requesting a review of the decision are:

The Board failed to properly consider the planning hierarchy set up in the Urban Growth Centre by City Council when the Board approved the height and density at 374 and 380 Martha St.

The Board did not consider that the city’s Official Plan allocated height and density at different levels with the Urban Growth Centre, with the greatest growth directed to the Wellington Square and Old Lakeshore Road areas. As a result, the tallest building in the city, 26 storeys, is on a site designated for significantly lower levels of height and density.

The city is asking the Executive Chair of the OMB to grant the city’s review request and to dismiss the appeals related to 374 and 380 Martha St. If that does not happen, the city requests an order directing a rehearing of the appeals or changes to the Board decision to reduce the height and density allowed on the site.

As always, I will keep everyone updated on the development of this request.


Open Door Session

I’m hosting another Open Door Session. Join me on Saturday, March 24th at the Burlington Mall, between 10 a.m – 12 p.m, for a friendly chat.

I will have a booth set up where we can sit down to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Contact my office to make an appointment or drop-in.
I hope to see many of you there!

To make an appointment:
Call: 905-335-7607 or Email:


Transit Survey

Calling all Burlington Transit riders and non-riders!

Please help us develop the Transit Plan by completing an online survey.

In 2018, Burlington Transit will develop a multi-year Transit Plan that will guide new investment in the city’s transit system.

Improving Burlington’s transit service is a priority for the City of Burlington. As our population grows, providing a variety of convenient, reliable options to help people get around the city is essential. The Transit Plan, along with other city plans like the Transportation Plan and the Cycling Plan, will help to bring this vision to life.

The online survey to gather input is available at and is open until March 26.


Protecting the Jefferson Salamanders

It’s that time of the year again. The annual closure of King Road to allow for the safe crossing of the endangered Jefferson Salamanders during their breeding migration.

The closure began on Sunday, March 11 and will continue until April 1st. King Road will be closed from the base of the Niagara Escarpment to Mountain Brow Road.

Did you know…
Unlike most small animals, Jefferson salamanders can live a very long time; up to 30 years of age.
Learn more about the Jefferson salamander


Thank You Mr. Enomoto

For the last 29 years, Mr. Taroo Enomoto from Burlington’s twin city, Itabashi, Japan, has donated close to $40,000 to our city.

It started in 1989, with the twinning of Burlington and Itabashi. Mr. Enomoto visited our beautiful city and fell in love. Ever since, he has donated generously to various projects such as rhododendron garden at Paletta Lakefront Mansion, the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Place and Halton Food for Thought.

This year, he has donated $1,022, with the request that it goes to a program for children and youth. ROCK is the lucky recipient.

I feel tremendous gratitude to Mr. Enomoto, for his love for our city, and his generous donations over the years. He is our honourary citizen, and we hope to see him soon.

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