I have spoken often about the uniqueness of Burlington’s geography. We maintain a 50-50 urban/rural split, which represents a distinct characteristic of Burlington: it defines our community and our unwavering commitment to preserve the quality of life that we enjoy.
This commitment is clearly evident in the picturesque Niagara Escarpment, which is situated in our backyard and includes Mount Nemo. The Escarpment is a World Biosphere Reserve and internationally recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO declared that the area demonstrates a “balanced relationship between humans and the biosphere”, recognizing our community’s collaborative effort to conserve our terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, while sustaining a vibrant economy.
Protecting our natural heritage has always been a high priority for residents and Council. As we move towards intensification in our designated urban growth areas, it will be even more important to protect our natural assets as we will likely encounter future development pressure that may challenge the long-term plans for these protected lands.