Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Update

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring continues to provide a series of updates relevant to the vision of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee set out by Co-Chairs Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf in November 2017. This allowed committee members with an opportunity to ask questions to better understand how they can contribute to shaping their city.

Mayor Goldring identified the recent delegation by the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee requesting Holiday Transit service as an example of a ‘win’.

Burlington was one of the few municipalities in Ontario that did not offer transit service on the holidays. The Millennial Advisory Committee delegated through a written policy brief to formally identify the gap in transit service.

Effective transit service is a key area that the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee strives to influence, as greater intensification and limited space will mean more cars on Burlington’s streets and roads.

 The Millennial Perspective

Mayor Goldring explained the process of influencing council. For the Burlington Millennial perspective to carry weight, it needs to be given early in the process by engaging with relevant stakeholders before community events and workshops that precede the relevant committee and council meetings.

 A Vision Greater than Themselves

Mayor Goldring also discussed the importance of civic engagement, especially at early stages of projects within the City of Burlington. This led to a presentation by Co-Chairs Mark and Karl reiterating the three pathways for engagement the Millennial Advisory Committee is taking:

(1) Passive Engagement – Community presence and participation in Workshops;

(2) Reactionary Engagement – Delegating on contemporary topics at City Hall; and

(3) Proactive Engagement – Working with city staff to offer insightful policy critiques.

To increase the effect of the perspective of our generation in Burlington, it is increasingly more important to continue engaging at committee meetings and city workshops, but also to draft thoughtful policy proposals and send them to the proper stakeholders at City Hall.

The strategy is to lead a sustainable and influential committee of millennials in Burlington to build community engagement and provide advice and insights into policy impacting our city. This ties in with the mandate established by Mayor Goldring for the committee, “to lead projects focused on how to keep and attract residents 18-35 in Burlington.”

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee aims to be pivotal and to be perceived as the “Go To” committee for the City of Burlington to gain valuable insights into what our generation needs to continue to make Burlington the best place to live and work.

Civic Engagement

After discussing what is critical to millennials in Burlington through a collaborative approach with surveys from the Co-Chairs and workshops facilitated by Stephanie Venimore, Business Performance Advisor for the City of Burlington, the Millennial Advisory Committee has identified three key areas of engagement:

  1. Commercial and Residential Development
  2. Transportation
  3. Burlington Culture

The Millennial Advisory Committee has delegated on mixed-use developments and transportation initiatives within the City of Burlington.

On multiple occasions, the Millennial Advisory Committee has provided key insights for important cultural projects, the Museums of Burlington Joseph Brant Museum project being especially important as it represents the cultural heritage of Burlington’s founder, Joseph Brant of the Mohawk.

Our Next Meeting

Our March meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Room # 305, Burlington City Hall – located at 426 Brant Street. Mayor Goldring will be discussing the gaps in Burlington’s public amenities.

If you are a millennial trying to get involved, then this is a chance for you to speak out on the things you think would attract more millennials to Burlington.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • 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?

Read the October Update from Term 2 Co-chairs Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at  mayor@burlington.ca

Millennial Advisory Committee Talk Development with Builder Jeff Paikin

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.

Election

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 mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • 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?

Read the Summer Update from Term 1 Co-chairs Chris Ritsma and Mark McGuire. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at  mayor@burlington.ca.

 

Impressive Achievements by The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee: Year One

Guest blog by Mark McGuire, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

After operating for 12 months, Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory met in April and June to take part in a two-part workshop series at the Haber Recreation Centre.

Stephanie Venimore facilitated a two-part workshop aimed at helping the committee brainstorm ideas that could be explored to rough out a strategy for when the committee met again in September 2017.

The workshop meetings discussed the vision of the Millennial Advisory Committee, what we set out to accomplish to date, and to brainstorm concepts for our organization and operations to be enacted.

 

 

Our Record:

  • Elected by a majority. Two Co-Chairs, Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma.
  • Hosted the Inspire Burlington: Millennial Entrepreneurial Success in April 2017.
  • Delegated to Development and Infrastructure Committee on the New Street redevelopment, focusing on cycling infrastructure in July 2016.
  • Held monthly meetings with a focus on providing relevant policy insight to Millennials to engage with the City of Burlington.
  • Began planning a Resident Survey to determine what Millennial Burlington residents are looking for in terms of Housing and Accommodations.
  • Met with Burlington’s Members of Provincial and Federal Parliament.
  • Discussed pertinent concerns for Millennials with Ontario’s Premier.
  • Represented the Millennial Advisory Committee at a City of Burlington Transit Strategy Workshop.
  • Represented the Millennial Advisory Committee at a City of Burlington Climate Change Adaptation Workshop.
  • Represented our diverse demographic of Burlington’s Millennials, residents born from 1981 to 1998.

Our Mandate:

Conduct outreach and make recommendations to help Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.  Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Delegating or submitting written documentation on behalf of the Millennial Advisory Committee to Burlington City Council and other Committees and Boards,
  2. Participating in engagement opportunities at the City of Burlington and creating new engagement opportunities,
  3. Organizing and participating in events that help to shape policy, and
  4. Other initiatives, as determined by the group.

Why Millennials?

According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 30,000 residents in Burlington born between 1981 to 1998, representing approximately 17 per cent of Burlington’s population. Mayor Goldring heard from a number of millennials that they want to be more engaged with their city in a meaningful way, which led to the formation of a Millennials committee.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is a collective created for and run by millennials. There are 18 members on the committee, and they are inspired, passionate and enthusiastic. The committee concentrates on creating opportunities to engage millennials within their community.

Where do we go from here?                                                                           

The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee will be on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. The meeting will run from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. All meetings are open to the public, especially millennial-aged residents. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bike, bus or walk.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • 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?

Read the March Update from co-chairs, Chris Ritsma and Mark McGuire. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at mayor@burlington.ca.

April 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring recently spent a morning learning more about city tree maintenance programs with Barbara Rabicki, Manager of Forestry Operations with the City of Burlington, and a team of forestry staff.

 

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, May 2 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, May 29 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, May 30 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee presents entrepreneur-focused Inspire Burlington event

Media release from Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont. — April 5, 2017 — Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Speakers’ Series and the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee present Inspire Burlington: Millennial Entrepreneurial Success on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Botanical Gardens David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Continue reading