March 2017 Progress Report

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. Continue reading

State of the City Address 2017

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Good morning. I would like to offer a warm welcome to the annual Mayor’s State of the City Address.

Thank you all very much for joining me this morning. It means a lot to have so many people here. I appreciate your ongoing support.

I would like to recognize the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event, as they have done for many decades.

In particular, thank you to Keith Hoey and his team, Marty Staz and the board of directors, along with the volunteers and membership. Together, you facilitate many different programs and events throughout the year that help bring the community together and build relationships that are essential to the prosperity of business in Burlington.

And thank you to today’s sponsors: Bell, Scotiabank, CN Rail, the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, Union Gas and CogecoTV.

Today marks my seventh State of the City Address. Since the first time I stood before you, we have made significant progress, which I will share with you.

My colleagues from Burlington City Council are with us today. I am proud to work alongside these men and women who are deeply committed to our city.

Please welcome councillors Rick Craven, Marianne Meed Ward, John Taylor, Jack Dennison, Paul Sharman and Blair Lancaster.

Our City Manager James Ridge is also here today. James is a key part of the leadership at the city along with the Burlington Leadership Team and our staff. I am proud of the dedicated staff working hard every day to make this city the best it can be.

We continue to work closely with all orders of government. Joining us this morning is Oakville North-Burlington Member of Parliament Pam Damoff, as well as Burlington Member of Provincial Parliament Eleanor McMahon, who last year was also named Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

I want to recognize Burlington Member of Parliament Karina Gould, who was not able to join us today, on her appointment as Minister of Democratic Institutions.

I am pleased to see Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette and Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. It is great working with you as we build strong communities and a prosperous region at Halton Regional Council.

It is a privilege and an honour to serve as Mayor of Burlington. This community means everything to me. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – August Update

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Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

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 on Thursday, Aug. 11th at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre. The committee met to discuss responsible growth and housing options for millennials, part of the city’s 25 year strategic plan to Grow Bold. The group was given a presentation of the Planning and Building Department’s goals by Director Mary Lou Tanner and Senior Planner Leah Smith.

Mary Lou Tanner and Leah Smith touched on goals and strategies for millennials’ housing options. Other goals included the vision for creating a livable and enjoyable community throughout Burlington, and pushing for increased density in strategic areas, such as around mobility hubs and the downtown core. Examples of this planned growth can already be seen with the developments around the GO Train stations and cycling infrastructure, and Tall Building Design Guidelines are in the works. Continue reading