July/August 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Upcoming Meetings

No meetings are scheduled for the month of August.

Summer in Burlington

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Mayor Rick Goldring on Canada Day 2015 in Burlington.

Summer in Canada flies by quickly and never seems to last long enough for most people.

Here in Burlington, however, we make the most of our summer with an ambitious agenda of fun events and activities such as Car Free Street Festivals, the Sound of Music, Canada Day, Beerfest and the Burlington Downtown Car Show.

While these events provide entertainment for local residents, they also attract visitors to our city from near and far who spend money on local businesses and support many local jobs. When Canada’s largest Ribfest takes place on this Labour Day weekend at Spencer Smith Park, it will attract 175,000 attendees, roughly equivalent to the entire population of Burlington. During the Ribfest, attendees will inject approximately $800,000 into the local economy, according to Tourism Burlington. 

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We asked, you answered: 2015 Community Survey

Photo courtesy the Burlington Economic Development Corporation.

This column is scheduled to appear in the June 19 edition of the Burlington Post.  

The City of Burlington 2015 Community Survey asked residents about various aspects of Burlington, such as quality of life, city services and which priorities council should focus on during the next four years.

A total of 771 residents over the age of 18 were surveyed, with at least 125 interviews completed in each ward.

Quality of life

Residents continue to feel Burlington is a good place to live. Nearly all respondents, 96%, said it was at least good, with the majority of respondents, 86% saying it was either very good or excellent.

One of this year’s new open-ended questions was what residents like best about Burlington.

The top three responses were: access to amenities and services (15%), sense of community/small town feel (13%) and safe/low crime rate (11%).

City services satisfaction

When residents surveyed were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with city services the large majority – 89% – said that they were “somewhat” or “very satisfied”.

The services residents were most satisfied with were: fire protection (95%); parks and open space maintenance (90%); parks, open spaces and sports fields (90%); city arenas (88%); cemetery (88%); arts and culture (87%); and recreation programs (86%).

The survey results also identified city services they felt could be improved.

The services residents surveyed said they were least satisfied with were: winter maintenance (64%), traffic operations management (63%), building code permits and inspection (63%); parking management (60%); surface water drainage (57%); transit service (55%) and transportation network planning (52%).

Priorities for council

The survey also saw respondents rank a list of priorities on which council should focus.

The top five priorities were: community safety (76%); commitment to infrastructure (76%); healthy community (73%); sound financial practices (69%); and parks and community open, green spaces (69%).

Food for thought

We consistently hear from people they choose to live in Burlington because it is a great city with wonderful amenities and great people.

However, there is always room for improvement.

We are carefully reviewing the results with our staff and will be looking for ways to build on the valuable feedback from our residents.

I welcome your feedback on what you love about our city, and how we could do better.

The survey results are on the city’s website at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

May 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, June 15 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.*

Community & Corporate Services Committee: Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.*

Audit Committee: Wednesday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole: Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council: Monday, June 22 at 6:30 pm. *Times yet to be confirmed.

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April 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, May 11 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.*

Community & Corporate Services Committee: Tuesday, May 12 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.*

Committee of the Whole: Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council: Monday, May 25 at 6:30 pm.

*Times yet to be confirmed.

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Be a part of Burlington’s future through the strategic plan update

Waterfront small pictureThis column appears in the April 17, 2015 edition of the Burlington Post.

Residents often ask me how they can become involved in the future of our community.

I believe one meaningful way is through our strategic plan.

Our strategic plan determines where our city will be going over the next four years and in the future, how we will get there and how we will know if we were successful.

I am asking you to be engaged in updating our strategic plan for 2015-2018.

The process involves a review of the city’s vision and the setting of priorities and goals.

Our online and telephone surveys are complete, but there are more ways to get involved. The workbook for planning the future of Burlington is available until April 26.

The workbook can be found online at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan or you can call 905-335-7600, ext. 7378 to have a copy mailed to you.

There will also be an opportunity to weigh in when the draft plan is presented publicly.

The strategic plan for 2011-2014, entitled Burlington, Our Future, featured three strategic directions, including vibrant neighbourhoods, prosperity and excellence in governance. More than 4,000 people participated in the creation of that plan through various engagement opportunities.

I believe we made great progress on the priorities and goals set out by the city in that plan.

I would like to highlight just a few of our many achievements.

To foster vibrant neighbourhoods, we renovated Centennial Pool and the Mountainside Recreation Centre, are completing our Community Trails Strategy and are on track to add more than 40 kilometres of bike lanes between 2009 and 2015.

We made strides in prosperity with the reorganization for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, complete with an updated strategic plan and clear key performance indicators.

We have also worked towards furthering excellence in governance with new and improved online customer service initiatives, focused infrastructure investment and a service-based budget in 2015.

What goals will be set in our updated strategic plan? Connect with us at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

Connect with me by phone at 905-335-7607, on Twitter @RickGoldring and on Facebook at Rick Goldring.

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