Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.
Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their first meeting of the New Year at the Aldershot Arena Community room on Thursday, Jan. 12. The committee welcomed Councillor Rick Craven, as well as Jenna Puletto and Sam Romlewski of the City of Burlington’s planning department. The theme of the January 2017 meeting was Mobility Hubs and Redevelopment, with Aldershot’s Plains Road as a case study.
Councillor Rick Craven gave an insightful history of the rebirth of Aldershot, and the influence of millennials in the redevelopment of the community. The major milestones Councillor Craven cited were: 1) access to the 403 freeway, 2) the Aldershot BIA, 3) Urban Design Guidelines, and 4) the Plains Road Functional Design strategy. Councillor Craven noted that the rebirth of Aldershot came through the evolution of the mobility hub concept with the mindset of developing within walking distance of the Aldershot GO Station. The change in mindset towards walkability was largely driven by residents of Aldershot – 28% of which are millennials – and an approach to not just building tall buildings, but building an attractive community. Burlington’s own Fresh Insights Consulting has studied Ward 1, the ward including Aldershot, and made recommendations on the development strategy – with a focus on millennials and baby boomers.
Jenna Puletto and Sam Romlewski from the City of Burlington’s mobility hubs planning team gave a presentation on the city’s plan to develop the areas around the mobility hubs as part of the Grow Bold strategy. After Puletto and Romlewski presented on the strategy, the committee took part in a group exercise to provide their input to the mobility hub planners.
The committee concluded with deliberations on preparing for a millennial-focused Mayor’s Inspire Burlington series event in spring 2017. A core group of the Millennial Advisory Committee was identified to lead the planning and decision-making process that will need to take place before the event.
A sub-committee of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is seeking to address the topic of housing affordability in Burlington. The housing sub-committee has been exploring a potential white paper or survey to gather information and make informed recommendations in the future. This is part of the committee’s ongoing discussion on best practices for engagement that fosters millennial influence in the community through advisory, delegating, events, traditional media and social media. Please engage with us on Instagram and Twitter by searching #burlennials.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at Tansley Woods Community Centre, Community Room 3. The Guest speaker will be Halton Regional Police Service Burlington (3 District) Superintendent Al Albano. Guests are always welcome, and asked to RSVP to Tina Depko-Denver in the Mayor’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 18 to 35 in Burlington. It will also concentrate on creating opportunities to engage millennials with their community. All meetings are open to the public, especially millennial-aged residents. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bike, bus or walk.
For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at email@example.com.