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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Budget 2014, Brant Street Pier, LaSalle Park Marina: February 2014 Progress Report

 

February 7, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: February 2014

Committee and Council Meetings

Information on the most recent standing Committee meetings is available online, including agendas, minutes and videos.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: February 3, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: February 4, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights from last month: January 23, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on February 18 where we will be considering the Proposed Capital Budget.

Budget 2014

On February 18th, Council will vote on approving the Proposed Capital Budget for 2014. Immediately after, we will begin our review of the proposed 2014 Current operating budget at the Community and Corporate Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. on February 20, 2014.  A special Council meeting will be held immediately following the Committee meeting to approve the Current budget.

On January 29th, we held an interactive workshop about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets. We had a great turn out at this meeting. Participants had the opportunity to discuss service choices, infrastructure, and the long-term financial plan while learning more about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets and the impact the budget will have on 2014 property taxes.
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Ice Storm, Budget 2014, Infrastructure Update and Parking: Burlington Progress Report: January 2014

 

January 10, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: January 2014

Upcoming Committee and Council Meetings

The first cycle of the new year has some very weighty issues to discuss including:

  1. Report regarding the Official Plan Review and a preliminary study of the heritage character of the Mount Nemo Plateau.
  2. Report providing information on the feasibility of implementing an Interim Control By-law in the Roseland Community.
  3. Report requesting a zoning regulation review related to the commercial production of medical marijuana.
  4. Report regarding the rezoning application for 5000 & 5014 New Street. (South east corner of Appleby and New – staff are recommending rezoning to allow a roof top patio for a restaurant.)
  5. Report recommending endorsement of the Burlington Community Energy Plan. (more on this in my next update)
  6. Report(s) providing an overview of the 2014 budget and resulting tax rate increases.

You can access agendas, minutes and videos for Standing Committee meetings and the meetings of Council here including the reports listed above.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: January 13, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: January 14, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights: December 9, 2013

Snow Control Burlington Snow Winter Control

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.

During a winter weather event, check the Snow Control website for regular updates here.
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Prosperity, Affordable Housing, Railway Safety, Culture, Airpark and more: Burlington Progress Report: November 2013

 

November 27, 2013

Burlington Progress Report, November 2013

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Burlington Airpark

On November 13th, Milton Superior Court ruled in City of Burlington’s favour against the Burlington Executive Airpark. They ruled that the City’s site alteration by-law applies to the Burlington Airpark.

This is a significant decision for Burlington and for municipalities throughout Ontario.

I would like to thank the residents for their perseverance with this initiative, and our staff for working hard with all parties for this outcome.

Read the specific rulings and information on the decision posted online.

IKEA

I am very pleased to let you know that IKEA’s move to the North Service Road is moving ahead with the approval of two staff reports by Burlington City Council, at its meeting on November 13, 2013.

This is an important step that not only accommodates the transportation needs of the IKEA project, but also provides a long term transportation solution for the city’s Prosperity Corridor. With the transportation issues addressed we can attract other employment land growth to this area.

Further details are available in the press release from November 14.

QEW Prosperity Corridor: Transportation and Improvements

Employment lands are critical to the economic and social viability of the city and its neighbourhoods. Last year, Council endorsed aggressive industrial/commerical growth targets that require us to focus on creating short and long-term development opportunities.
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Cultural Action Plan: Building a Creative Community

The Burlington Community Foundation recently released the second edition of Burlington’s Vital Signs – an annual check-up that evaluates Burlington as a place to live, work, and play by identifying trends that are critical to our quality of life. Included in that report are survey results that indicate 76% of residents said culture is “essential” or “highly important” in their daily lives.

Culture means many things – painting, writing, music, museums, public art, landscapes, streetscapes, memorials, sport. Culture can build our identity and community pride, improve the quality of life for all, engage people of all ages in our environment, and help us to embrace our diversity.

I have read a number of books and articles in recent months, particularly as we work through the process of creating our own Cultural Action Plan. Universally, they state that progressive communities need to integrate social, cultural, environmental and economic policies into the long-term plans for the city.

Gord Hume , in his book Cultural Planning for Creative Communities states that Cultural planning and “becoming a creative community means protecting our unique heritage properties, having a throbbing downtown core, being appealing to entrepreneurs, and generating new wealth. It means being a ‘Smart Community’. It means respecting the environment. It means being innovative and progressive as a community. It means having ‘buzz’.” Continue reading