March 26, 2014
Read the MoneySense Rankings
For the second year in a row, Burlington has been named the best mid-sized city in Canada to live by MoneySense Magazine.
Burlington has so much to offer to so many people. We are a physically beautiful city and enjoy great weather, lots of amenities, great programs and services, and we have a very engaged and enthusiastic community. All of those ingredients create a recipe for success. We can all be very proud of this accomplishment.
However, as I’ve said before, there are many more intangibles that make a “Best City” - things like compassion, caring and a sense of community. These are the attributes that make a great city a great place to live.
Congratulations to the AA Atom Team who raised the most for the Burlington Eagles Gift of Giving Back food drive this past year.
It’s always an honour to be measured and recognized as a city, but what is continually inspiring to me is the dedicated efforts of so many Burlington residents who are committed to community service, volunteering, and helping their neighbours.
New Street and Maranatha Gardens
6 storey proposal approved. Click the image to read the staff report
This week City Council approved a staff recommendation to permit a 6 storey retirement residents on New Street known as Maranatha Gardens.
This included an amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit the development.
A number of residents have expressed concerns about the potential traffic impact, changing the Official Plan, and about the public engagement process.
Let me address some of these concerns.
The traffic impacts and resulting noise have been reviewed by our staff and a study by the applicant’s consultant, concluding that the increase in traffic and noise is very minimal compared to the current traffic flow on New Street. New Street has more than enough capacity to handle any increase in traffic that results from additional residents.
March 10, 2014
March Break in Burlington
There is much to do this March Break in Burlington.
Parks and Recreation facilities have drop in family programs, swimming, skating and day camps.
Visit Tourism Burlington and their blog “March Break fun in Burlington” for more great ideas of ways to enjoy March Break right here in Burlington including Mounstberg Conservation Area,
the Royal Botanical Gardens,
Burlington’s museums and much more.
Have a great week!
March 6, 2014
City Budget, 2014
After many meetings and much deliberation, Council has finished the budget process for 2014 with a unanimous vote at both Committee and Council to support the city’s operating budget for 2014.
February 5, 2014
For Council and staff, it is often challenging to gather feedback from a large segment of the population using the standard engagement tools such as telephone surveys.
Last year we approved our Engagement Charter that describes many commitments including openness and access to information and says “The City of Burlington will provide a variety of ways for citizens, city staff and members of City Council to access and share information and discuss ideas and options.”