September/October 2016 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN's Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. Register today: burlington.ca/mayor.

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN’s Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Thursday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, Nov. 7

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, Nov. 8

Burlington City Council – Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Applicable Learning from Sweden and Denmark

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern dockland development.

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern development.

Last month, I travelled to Växjö, Sweden with a delegation from the City of Burlington. The purpose of the trip was to work with municipal and industry representatives to discuss a potential strategic partnership and share knowledge related to community energy, sustainable development and economic development opportunities.

The city delegation was in Växjö, Sweden on Sept. 26 and 27, 2016. The delegation also met with other municipal jurisdictions, including Malmö, Sweden (Sept. 28), and Copenhagen, Denmark (Sept. 29).

Delegation members included James Ridge, City Manager; Frank McKeown, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development Corporation and Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Region Councillor. Staff from the City of Burlington, Burlington Hydro and McMaster University also accompanied us.

Burlington is working towards the long-term goal of becoming carbon neutral, as stated in the city’s Strategic Plan 2015-40. Växjö, Sweden has the same goal. That city is a world environmental leader with a growing economy. In 1996, the city adopted a target for the community to be fossil fuel free by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 48 per cent between 1998 and 2014 on a per capita basis.

Here at home, the Province of Ontario is expected to release its climate change strategy with ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will likely significantly impact city operations, such as transportation and the use of thermal energy.

Among the noteworthy topics discussed were:

  • District energy: One of the main reasons we went to Sweden and Denmark was to learn more about district energy, as the City of Burlington is undertaking a feasibility study to investigate a potential district energy facility in our community. This direction is part of the Community Energy Plan. Sweden and Denmark have used district energy for many decades, and in some cases, for more than a hundred years. District energy plants have the potential to provide predictable and potentially cleaner energy. The focus of the feasibility work in Burlington focuses on downtown, as well as areas around the Aldershot and Burlington GO stations. We had many presentations on district energy and visited district energy facilities, including the Sysav facility in Malmö, Sweden, which uses waste-to-energy technology as a source for both electricity and heat for tens of thousands of homes. Continue reading

February 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Council News in Brief

As a way to further engage the community in our conversation about great city-building and keep you informed of the latest news at City Hall, I am posting highlights from committee and council meetings on my blog at www.burlingtonmayor.com. Highlights will be posted within a day or two of committee and council meetings on my blog. Please check back regularly to stay up to date. Here are the latest committee and council news items in brief for February:  Continue reading

Committee News In Brief – Feb. 16 & 17, 2016

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Corporate and Community Services Committee – Feb. 16, 2016

Public Art Program projects for 2016-2017

Committee approved a number of recommendations related to Public Art Program Projects for 2016-2017, including: $75,000 for the Integrated Public Art Project – Cultural Nodes; $35,000 for the Burlington Mural Program – Local Artist Development Project; and $30,000 for the Park Entrance Program – Local Artist Development Project. The total amount of $140,000 will see a total of five artworks commissioned. Funding for these projects comes from the Public Art Reserve Fund.

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January 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

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State of the City Address 2016

Burlington must grow differently as the city approaches build-out of its urban areas and as the city continues to protect valued green spaces. We are one of the first municipalities in Southern Ontario to stop sprawl and instead grow in place, something that many other municipalities will be faced with in the next decade or two.

I was pleased to deliver this message as part of my annual State of the City Address on Jan. 28 to a Burlington Chamber of Commerce audience of more than 400 people.

Burlington is built out with very little room left for traditional greenfield suburban-type development. Fifty per cent of Burlington is rural, agricultural, natural greenbelt and the vast majority of people I talk to want to keep it that way.

The centrepiece of my message was the nearly-complete Strategic Plan for the City of Burlington. After more than a year of collaboration between the community, City Council and city staff, the strategic plan is nearly done, with city staff making revisions based on the feedback provided in December and January. The completed document goes to City Council for approval this spring.

There are four key strategic directions outlined in Burlington’s new strategic plan including: i) A City That Grows ii) A City that Moves iii) A Green and Healthy City iv) An Engaging City. These themes were highlighted in an accompanying video entitled ‘Where We Grow from Here: Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040’.

The strategic plan is the 25-year blueprint for city-building and will be supported in more detail with the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Corporate Work Plan.

To read the complete speech, visit http://www.burlingtonmayor.com/state-of-the-city-2016/. The video recording is available below of the entire speech.

For the Where We Grow from Here: Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040, watch below, or to review the draft strategic plan, visit www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

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Tune in to Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring

Please tune in as I lead a discussion with a panel of community leaders about current news and events in the city of Burlington on my new community television program, Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring. The show airs on TVCogeco Cable 23/HD Cable 700. For more information or to suggest an episode topic, please email mayor@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7607.

Episode One: Get Engaged with the City of Burlington

How citizens can become engaged with City Hall and their community through the different opportunities offered by the City of Burlington.

Mayor Rick Goldring disucsses public involvement with Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; and Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Mayor Rick Goldring disucsses public involvement with Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; and Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Air dates:

Sept. 27, 2015 @ 11:30

Sept. 28, 2015 @ 14:30

Sept. 29, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct. 4, 2015 @ 11:30

Episode Two: Environmental Sustainability in Burlington

A discussion about the City of Burlington’s strides in environmental sustainability through current and upcoming initiatives.

Mayor Goldring films Episode 2 of Burlington Matters on the topic of environmental sustainability with the City's Senior Sustainability Coordinator Lynn Robichaud, Burlington Hydro CEO and President Gerry Smallegange and W5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

Mayor Goldring films Episode 2 of Burlington Matters on the topic of environmental sustainability with the City’s Senior Sustainability Coordinator Lynn Robichaud, Burlington Hydro CEO and President Gerry Smallegange and W5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Gerry Smallegange, President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Hydro; Lynn Robichaud, Senior Sustainability Coordinator with the City of Burlington; Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Regional Councillor.

Air dates:

Oct. 6, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct .11, 2015 @ 11:30

Oct. 13, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct. 18, 2015 @ 11:30

Oct. 20, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct. 25, 2015 @ 11:30