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.”
January 10, 2014
The first cycle of the new year has some very weighty issues to discuss including:
You can access agendas, minutes and videos for Standing Committee meetings and the meetings of Council here including the reports listed above.
It’s early January and so far, we have been experiencing a real Canadian winter – unlike some winters of recent memory in Burlington.
The weather conditions have presented some real challenges for travel around the GTA and much of Ontario. Our Roads and Parks Maintenance crews have been working very hard to ensure that our roads and sidewalks are cleared, safe, and up to service standard. This has not been easy due to the extreme cold temperatures we have experienced along with the consistent snow we have received.
As you know, over the last 5-6 years, tens of thousands of truck loads of fill have been transported onto the Burlington Airpark site for the apparent purpose of expansion and enhancements to the existing services offered at the airpark.
These activities have raised a number of questions by both neighbours, residents and the city, including questions about the quality of the fill being dumped.
On July 15 City Council received a report from Terrapex Environmental on test results of the fill at the Burlington Airpark. The results have been shared with the public and are available online. A summary of the test results is available in the press release issued: “Burlington City Council receives environmental report on fill material at Burlington Executive Airport”
November 1, 2013
According to the most recent news release from the Realtor’s Association of Hamilton and Burlington, the Hamilton-Burlington real estate market is strong and prices and sales continue to increase. This is a great indicator of the strength of our local economy.
However, with the average price of a home in Burlington climbing over $486,000, for those living with low and modest incomes, single parent families, and single person households, it can be very challenging to find affordable housing.
This issue is further exacerbated by a very low rental vacancy rate – 1.3% in Burlington compared to 4.2% in Hamilton and 2.5% across the province. A vacancy rate of 3% is considered necessary for adequate competition and supply.
We have a growing number of single-parent families and single-person households. We also have a rapidly growing seniors’ population. These demographic trends and the reality that we are approaching build-out, indicate the need for more diverse housing options in Burlington. Continue reading
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