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.
During several meetings with both Council and the Regional Council, the Burlington Airpark has been a topic of great discussion and contention. We have heard from many residents who live near the airpark regarding the impacts of the Airport’s expansion program currently underway – impacts to both the neighbouring properties and the local environment.
Over the last 5-6 years, tens of thousands of truck loads of fill have been transported onto the airpark site for the apparent purpose of enhancing and expanding aviation activity. The negative impact to residents in the area has been significant. There are many unanswered questions including: what are the airport’s long term plans, are there any issues with the quality of the fill, is there any impact on the wells in the area, how long will the fill operations continue? There has been much media attention on this issue:
This year MoneySense refined their ranking criteria to define the best overall quality of life for large cities, mid-sized cities like ours and small cities across the country. The new evaluation criteria, which better compares apples to apples, include employment, housing costs, healthcare, weather, crime rates, amenities, culture and property taxes. Visit MoneySense Magazine for more details about the list and methodology.
In Halton Region, Oakville was ranked as the 2nd best mid-Size City to live in Canada, and Milton and Halton Hills also ranked in the top ten Small Cities to live. We are very fortunate to live in a safe and prosperous region.
Last month I began linking both the upcoming committee agendas and the City Committee Highlights to my monthly progress report to facilitate quick access for you to view the issues being addressed and the resulting decisions by Council. I have received good feedback on this and will continue to make this one of the first pieces in my reports.
December has been another busy month as we completed our final city Council Meeting for 2012 on December 10, and our final Regional Council meeting on December 12. The last cycle of Committee Meetings for the City addressed many items.