Helping Build a Stronger Community – Habitat Halton


April 16, 2014

Appeared in the Burlington Post, April 16, 2014

Habitat Halton

You may have read the front Habitat Halton April 2014page story of a recent Burlington Post edition entitled “Habitat Halton hands over keys to 19th, 20th homeowners”.  That article covered an event I attended that was deeply moving and humbling as I watched the longtime dreams of two families become fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of this organization and countless volunteers.

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New Street and Maranatha Gardens


March 21,

New Street and Maranatha Gardens

Maranatha, New Street development

6 storey proposal approved. Click the image to read the staff report

This week City Council approved a staff recommendation to permit a 6 storey retirement residents on New Street known as Maranatha Gardens.

This included an amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit the development.

A number of residents have expressed concerns about the potential traffic impact, changing the Official Plan, and about the public engagement process.

Let me address some of these concerns.


The traffic impacts and resulting noise have been reviewed by our staff and a study by the applicant’s consultant, concluding that the increase in traffic and noise is very minimal compared to the current traffic flow on New Street. New Street has more than enough capacity to handle any increase in traffic that results from additional residents.
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Protecting our Natural Heritage: Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark


February 21, 2014

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark: Protecting our Natural Heritage:

Thanks for joining me this week for another Inspire Burlington event. We were fortunate to welcome Dr. David Galbraith of the Royal Botanical Gardens to talk about the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system, which is a collection of existing parks and natural lands in the Burlington-Hamilton region.

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark SystemBeginning in 2008 the City of Burlington, along with the Royal Botanical Gardens and other partner organizations developed the Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy.

This project focused on the conservation and management of approximately 1,560 hectares of publicly owned natural lands in the Aldershot and West Hamilton area. The central natural features of the area include a portion of the Niagara Escarpment and the lands and waters associated with the Cootes Paradise Marsh and Grindstone Creek.

Dr. Galbraith talks about the project at Inspire Burlington event on Feb. 19, 2014

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December 13, 2013#AskRick Google Hangout

Thank you to everyone who logged in to chat for my very first #AskRick Google Hangout this week.

It was great experience to chat with some of our city’s young people about some of the bigger issues and challenges that we face in Burlington.

This helps me frame current issues and provide input into my decision-making about the future of our community.

For those who were not able to join us, here’s a recap of our chat.

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Talk About Trees: Burlington tree bylaw update

July 12, 2013

Burlington Tree bylaw Staff ReportNew Picture (5)

This week staff presented a report to the  Development and  Infrastructure Committee on the Private Tree bylaw Feasibility Study. The report included results of the survey and public consultation on the feasibility of a private tree bylaw that staff have gathered from the community over the past several months.

This was an “Information Report” for Council. It did not contain any formal recommendations for action. The report includes options for council’s consideration and advises which options are supported by staff, based on research and public consultation.

The final decision regarding a tree bylaw will be made in the fall. However, from this report we know that staff will not be bringing forward a recommendation for a private tree bylaw, based on research done and the results of public engagement.

Our staff have done an excellent job creating opportunities for input on the issues of trees and gathering feedback on the potential for a private tree bylaw through online surveys, telephone surveys and a community workshop.

Public Feedback

As a result of the public consultation, we know at this time:
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