Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.
Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their October meeting at the Haber Recreation Centre on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017. The Mayor welcomed those who attended and introduced a local developer for a discussion on residential developments in Burlington.
The October meeting commenced with an election for the Year 2 Co-Chairs. The First Term Co-Chairs Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma were at the polls against First Term committee members Karl Wulf. The committee members opted to give Karl Wulf and Mark McGuire the mandate for the second year of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.
Development in Burlington
The local Developer Jeff Paikin, of New Horizon Homes, came to the meeting to offer insight into a developers mind and the challenges that developers face when juggling the needs and want of buyers. Jeff Paikin offered insight into the difference between a 12 and a 25-storey building while acknowledging the obvious – both are already high enough that no pedestrian will notice the difference from the sidewalk immediately below. Paikin offered further insight into the plan for growth within Burlington, mentioning that the mobility hubs in Burlington will be critical for people movement as the Greater Toronto Area adds 250,000 new residents each year.
Burlington is a desirable community and that makes it hard to be affordable
Paikin pointed out an interesting and seemingly obvious fact, the stress on housing supply has more to do with the number of people seeking to live in this area. As a result of the stress on the housing supply, the demand for land has increased, while supply can only increase at the rate of construction – which are increasingly vertical projects. As single-family detached homes become a less common commodity in Burlington’s downtown, families may look to condos and apartments fulfil the desire to dwell downtown. However, family oriented units tend to be larger – and larger units tend to be the last units to sell due to their higher cost.
Paikin mentioned further insight on the Greenbelt as a long-term policy tool. The Greenbelt will benefit future generations by preventing the large suburban sprawl into a limited supply of natural heritage spaces – forests, rivers, and the escarpment. The Greenbelt also ensures that farmland is not developed.
421 Brant St.
The concluding discussion of the evening was a brief discussion of the development across from Burlington City Hall – 421-431 Brant St. The brief discussion highlighted a few criteria that the Millennial Advisory Committee believe are essential to preserving the civic aura around City Hall.
The Millennial Advisory Committee’s key considerations for assessing the development were based on the 5 criteria that were perceived at this time to be essential to encourage healthy growth in Burlington’s downtown without sacrificing the existing heritage and cultural appeal. The top 5 criteria for emphasis on developments in the downtown are:
- Emphasize need for Transit (Bus, Walking, Cycling)
- Emphasize Green Space (Plants)
- Emphasize Employment Space (Retail and Commercial)
- Emphasize Family-oriented Units & Design
- Emphasize need for Parking (Resident, Visitor, and Retail-Consumer)
The committee established a consensus and opted to delegate at the Planning and Development Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 7 PM. The result of the Planning and Development Committee meeting was the decision to approve the application of 421 Brant St. Inc. at 23 storeys. Mayor Rick Goldring and Councilor Meed Ward voted against the proposal, citing the height as a concern and the need for more employment space.
Our Next Meeting
The November meeting will take place on Thursday, November 16th , 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. This meeting will be focus on upcoming discussions at Burlington City Hall, such as the redevelopment of the Waterfront Hotel, the New St. Road Diet Pilot Project, and the Bus Transit Schedule. These are important discussions for the future of Burlington.
If you are a millennial trying to get involved! This is a chance for millennials to speak out on the things they think would attract more millennials to Burlington.
Want to get involved?
To apply to be a member of the committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
- Primary email address
- City of current residence
- Social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
- Profession/Student status
- A 500-word (max.) response to the following question: What ideas do you have for Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee that would help meet its mandate of helping Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.
The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.
Why get involved?
The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:
- meet new people
- share your talents
- develop skills
- address a common interest
- make a difference in your community
Want more information?
For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at email@example.com.