421 – 431 Brant Street Rezoning Approved
Monday night, at the City Council meeting, the members of council voted 5-2 in favour of rezoning 421-431 Brant Street to allow for a proposed 23-storey mixed-use condo building to be built across from City Hall.
The Building would include 169 residential units, office space on the second floor and ground floor retail. You can read the detailed staff recommendation here.
I was one of the two who voted against the proposal.
I want to thank the residents who took the time out of their busy lives to share their insight and delegated on Monday evening.
Proposed New Official Plan Open House
Burlington’s proposed new Official Plan is out for public review.
It contains additions, deletions and modifications to the draft new Officiall Plan that was released in April. Our staff received feedback from agencies,stakeholders and the public that guided in producing the new proposed OP.
We continue to ask for your input. Please join city staff at upcoming public meetings to review and discuss the proposed new Official Plan. If you can’t make it ou to the public meetings, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-335-7642 with your questions or concerns.
If you haven’t been following, click here for a refresher on the New Official Plan Project.
2018 Budget Overview
The Financial Overview of the 2018 Proposed Capital Budget and Forecast was presented to the Committee of the Whole – Budget Committee on November 9th.
The 2018 Proposed Capital Budget is approximately $68.6 million with a strong focus on infrastructure renewal projects reflective of the city’s commitment to the asset management plan and the Strategic Plan initiative.
Committee will review the Proposed Capital Budget on December 1, 2017, with Council approval scheduled for December 11, 2017.
The Proposed 2018 Capital Budget Book is available now for public review.
I am proud and moved by the number of Burlington residents who joined me on Remembrance Day to show their love and support to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
We had a larger than normal crowd at the Sunrise Ceremony at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park. Brant Street was packed with the young and old who came to pay their respects as our veterans made their way to the Cenotaph.
2017 is a special year of commemoration for Canada, including Canada 150, the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.
I am proud and honoured to be Canadian and thankful to all our veterans who risked their lives for our freedom.
Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign
I helped kick off The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign with Major Bob and three-year-old Zoey this week.
Christmas Kettles are found in over 2,000 locations across Canada and funds donated will support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas Season.
Major Bob tells me that he is still looking for up to 100 volunteers to be the Kettle Bell Ringers in various locations across our city.
If you can give the gift of time, it would mean more low-income families will be able to spend Christmas with special meals and presents.
To become a Kettle Bell Ringer, contact Major Bob at 905-630-5212 or sign up online.
Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
The next round of committee meetings begin on November 27th.
Community Garden Lottery
The City of Burlington had one community garden in 2012 with 30 plots. Today, there are five community gardens with 167 plots including thirteen raised accessible plots for those with limited mobility.
If you’d like to claim a plot for 2018, submit an application before November 30th and you will be entered into a lottery draw on December 1st. Good Luck!