March 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring hosted a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a group of community stakeholders on Feb. 24, 2017 to discuss seniors’ housing in Burlington. The day concluded with Mayor Goldring announcing the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing.

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.

Burlington City Council – Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, April 3 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing

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November/December 2016 Progress Report

mayorchristmas1Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 

The holiday season is here, allowing us to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017.

It has been a productive year at the City of Burlington, with important progress made on many of our goals for the community. We are working on a new Official Plan, starting engagement on a Transit Plan, finalizing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, and continuing community building through initiatives like the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund.

The next year will see further progress on these important projects for our city’s future. I am asking everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of Burlington. There will be many public engagement opportunities throughout the next 12 months, and I hope you will provide your input.

During this holiday season, please remember those who are less fortunate in our community. If you are able, take a moment to donate food, clothing, gift cards or toys to a local charity of your choice. Together, we can make the holiday season brighter for others in our city.

I also encourage everyone to enjoy the many outdoor amenities our city offers during the holiday season. Go for a skate on Rotary Centennial Pond. Take your family tobogganing at Lowville Park. Enjoy a walk along your street and say hello to your neighbours. Take this opportunity to celebrate our city with your loved ones. We have so many reasons to be thankful here in Burlington.

On behalf of Burlington City Council and the Goldring family, I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017.

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, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole Workshop – Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Budget – Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

April / May 2013 Progress Report

May 31, 2013

Development and Infrastructure Committee: June 17, 2013
Budget and Corporate Services Committee: June 18, 2013
Community Services Committee: June 19, 2013
Committee of the Whole: June 20, 2013
City Committee Highlights

Council Decisions
The Big Move and the City of Burlington’s Transportation Master Plan
We have a close relationship with our neighbours – we share an economy, we share a work force, and we share our transportation corridors – the challenges of congestion and gridlock effect us all. Gridlock is one of the most important issues facing us today. This is not just a Greater Toronto Hamilton Area issue, gridlock effects all of Ontario.  Traffic congestion effects our quality of life, increases the cost of moving people, goods and services, and has a significant impact on public safety, our health and the environment.

We have seen and heard metro-bannermuch in the past several weeks about this topic in conjunction with The Big Move and I have been involved in several recent events with this focus in mind. I have posted a recent blog with more information and video links. Metrolinx has just released their Investment Strategy with their recommendations on funding tools for The Big Move.

As we discuss The Big Move, we are also discussing local transportation. The City is in the process of reviewing Burlington’s Transportation Master Plan. More information is available online. Please see the article further down about a special Encore Inspire Burlington presented in conjunction with the Transportation Master Plan Review.TMP_Header
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The Big Move – What’s in it for Burlington?

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There has been a lot of talk and news this week about the Metrolinx Plan to invest in transportation across the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and the Investment Strategy Report released on Monday.

It is clear that the challenges of gridlock and congestion are critical to our economic prosperity and quality of life across the GTHA. The Metrolinx Plan is a strategy to improve traffic congestion across the whole GTHA, from Hamilton to Oshawa.

It is proposed that 41% of funds will be raised in the “416” (City of Toronto) and 42% of investment will take place within the 416. 59% of funds will be raised in the “905”, including Burlington, and 58% of funds will be invested in the same area.

How does “The Big Move” impact Burlington?

Traffic congestion is a major impediment to economic development in Burlington. Burlington companies trade in a wide area and do business across the GTHA. Congestion is a major problem.

We have set a target to create 29,000 new jobs overall in Burlington, with 6-7,000 in the Prosperity Corridor along the QEW. To do that we need a mobile workforce and we need to address the problems of gridlock.

What’s in it for us? From the “Next Wave” of projects planned by Metrolinx, Burlington residents and commuters will most directly benefit from:
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Its Our Move: Highlights from CivicAction Forum on Regional Transportation

April 19, 2013

On April 17, CivicAction held a forum on Regional Transportation: “Our Region, Our Move” to bring together civic leaders, business, government, labour and community leaders to think about and discuss ways that we can work together to  address our common challenge of congestion and gridlock in the Greater Toronto – Hamilton Area.

The forum was an opportunity to come together and demonstrate a regional commitment to solving our gridlock problems and gain insight into options to create new revenue tools to provide additional funds to finance the Metrolinx Plan, “The Big Move”

Why does this issue matter for Burlington?
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