September is a time of renewal and new beginnings. We have enjoyed a beautiful two months of summer weather in Burlington with lots of activities happening all over the city. I hope you have had many opportunities to get out and explore the community
Next week we start back with committee meetings, with our first Council meeting for the fall taking place on September 23. We can expect a very busy few months as we tackle some challenging items including the Burlington Airpark and theBurlington Beach Regional Waterfront Master Plan. We will also be focussing on the Community Energy Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Cultural Action Plan and continuing our Official Plan Review.
Through the Mayor’s office, I am also re-launching the communication initiative: I imagine Burlington. I invite you to read more below.
Meeting with the Minister of Environment, Jim Bradley at AMO, 2013
Last month I, along with Councillor Blair Lancaster, attended the annual AMO (Association of Municipalities in Ontario) Conference in Ottawa with more than 1,600 other municipal leaders.
During that conference, I met with several of our provincial ministers to discuss important Burlington issues. Meetings took place with Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation; Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment; Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment and Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs; Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy; and, Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors. Continue reading →
This past week I was in Ottawa for the annual AMO Conferencewith more than 1,600 other municipal leaders from across Ontario to discuss topics of mutual interest, meet with provincial ministers and opposition leaders, and to hear from some very inspiring speakers.
Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Eric Hoskins to bring the Minister up to date on our economic development plans for Burlington and the Prosperity Corridor. The Minister was supportive of our plans and applauds our efforts for being proactive.
Meeting with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey at AMO, 2013
Minister of Environment, Jim Bradleyand Minister of Municipal Affairs,Linda Jeffrey to discuss issues of jurisdiction of airparks in local communities. The Ministers were empathetic to the city and residents’ situation, but reiterated the issues of jurisdiction of airparks by the federal government…
Continued reading for a clip of Commander Chris Hadfield’s speech at AMO…
During several meetings with both Council and the Regional Council, the Burlington Airpark has been a topic of great discussion and contention. We have heard from many residents who live near the airpark regarding the impacts of the Airport’s expansion program currently underway – impacts to both the neighbouring properties and the local environment.
Over the last 5-6 years, tens of thousands of truck loads of fill have been transported onto the airpark site for the apparent purpose of enhancing and expanding aviation activity. The negative impact to residents in the area has been significant. There are many unanswered questions including: what are the airport’s long term plans, are there any issues with the quality of the fill, is there any impact on the wells in the area, how long will the fill operations continue? There has been much media attention on this issue:
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 much 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. Continue reading →
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 Reportreleased 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: Continue reading →