Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040

Strat-Plan-CoverI am pleased to share that after almost a year of collaboration between the community, City Council and city staff, Burlington’s 2015-40 Strategic Plan is ready for review and will be going to council early in the new year for final approval.

This strategic plan marks a departure in Burlington’s history as it looks forward 25 years, rather than the next four years as is the norm in many municipalities.

Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-40 will guide this council and future councils in their decision-making by encouraging common goals and planned investment. This plan is a result of year-long engagement that saw input from residents, businesses, community groups, city staff and members of Burlington City Council.

There are four key strategic directions outlined in the new strategic plan:

  • A City That Grows – The City of Burlington is a magnet for talent, good jobs and economic opportunity while having achieved intensification and a balanced, targeted population growth for youth, families, newcomers and seniors.
  • A City That Moves – People and goods move through the city more efficiently and safely. A variety of convenient, affordable and green forms of transportation that align with regional patterns are the norm. Walkability within new/transitioning neighbourhoods and the downtown are a reality.
  • A Healthy and Greener City – The City of Burlington is a leader in the stewardship of the environment while encouraging healthy lifestyles.
  • An Engaging City – Community members are engaged, empowered, welcomed and well-served by their city. Culture and community activities thrive, creating a positive sense of place, inclusivity and community.

Short-term implementation plans and medium-term policy documents, like the Transportation Master Plan and Official Plan (5-10 year renewal), will complement the long-term policy of the strategic plan.

We want to know what you think of the city’s new strategic plan. Is the draft plan in plain language and easy to understand? Has the plan captured what’s most important to you about living in Burlington? Is anything critical that is missing? To view the strategic plan, visit www.burlington.ca/strategicplan or request a copy by contacting strategicplan@burlington.ca or 905-335-7600, ext. 7378.

The city is hosting four open houses on the Strategic Plan in December and January:

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Haber Recreation Centre
3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.
Community Room 2
7 – 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Robert Bateman High School
5151 New St.
Cafeteria
7 – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Burlington Public Library – Central Branch
2331 New St.
Centennial Hall
7- 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
LaSalle Park Pavilion
50 North Shore Blvd. E.
Main Hall (upper level)
7 – 9 p.m.

If you are unable to make the open houses, starting January 4th, please give your feedback online at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan. You are also welcome to email strategicplan@burlington.ca anytime with your feedback or questions.

As always, please do not hesitate to connect with me by phone at 905-335-7607, email at mayor@burlington.ca, on Twitter at @RickGoldring and on Facebook at Rick Goldring.

Note: A shortened version of this column will appear in the January edition of Snapd.

Building Relationships With a New Federal Government

Photo by Ottawa Tourism

Photo from Ottawa Tourism

 

Yesterday’s federal election saw a changing in the guard, with a Liberal Party majority led by Justin Trudeau.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Trudeau on his party’s historic victory. I also want to offer my congratulations to Burlington MP elect Karina Gould and Oakville North-Burlington MP elect Pam Damoff. I look forward to meeting with you both at the earliest opportunity to discuss how we can work together to foster a vibrant and prosperous Burlington.

I also look forward to continuing to work with Milton MP Lisa Raitt, who I had the chance to get to know during my first term as mayor. Congratulations on your re-election, Lisa.

Mike Wallace, who was defeated in a close race, also deserves our sincere appreciation for his many years in public service. Mike has served Burlington with distinction as a city and regional councillor, as well as our MP since 2006. Thank you for your commitment to our city, Mike. I know that you will continue your commitment to Burlington in a different way going forward.

I also want to recognize every candidate who ran in Burlington and the surrounding ridings. It is a significant undertaking to run for political office, especially at the federal level. I know firsthand the commitment it takes to knock on doors and prepare for all-candidates’ meetings. You have done your communities a service by putting your name, and importantly, your ideas, forward for a better city and country.

Looking forward, there are important discussions that need to be had between municipalities and the new Liberal federal government. As Chair of the Large Urban Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, I look forward to serving as a spokesperson on a number of key issues affecting our communities.

Some of the many topics I, as Mayor of Burlington, will be looking to make progress in partnership with Mr. Trudeau and his government include:

  • Infrastructure and transportation: Long-term, sustainable, predictable and reliable federal funding that flows year in and year out and will allow us to eliminate our infrastructure deficit within a generation. While municipalities are very appreciative of federal gas tax funding, we need additional meaningful and predictable federal funding that will assist municipalities in addressing infrastructure and transportation needs, lessening pressure on municipal taxpayers.
  • Economy: All leaders at all levels of government want our economy to be strong and growing with the highest possible employment and productivity. We will be looking for financial investment in an advanced manufacturing hub in Burlington, bringing jobs to our city and bolstering the local economy. During the election, Stephen Harper announced a re-elected Conservative government would create a new advanced manufacturing hub in Burlington. We respectfully request the Liberal government be receptive to investigating an investment in this initiative.
  • Social Housing: We are seeking a commitment of federal funding for social housing. This is a significant issue that needs that needs to be addressed. Investments in housing are also effective at stimulating economic growth and employment.
  • Climate change: We would like to see Canada become a leader by taking action on climate change and reducing our carbon footprint. As a City, we have developed a Community Energy Plan, among a list of other environmentally-sustainable initiatives. We are also looking to the new government to help protect our communities from the challenges of climate change and grow the economy by making significant new investments in green infrastructure.

I am also buoyed by the voter turnout in yesterday’s federal election. More than 68 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in Canada, which was the highest turnout since the 1993 federal election. According to Elections Canada, the voter turnout in Burlington was 73 per cent and 69 per cent in Oakville North-Burlington. Democracy functions best when we take the time to become engaged, especially during elections.

What issues are priorities to you? Please connect with me at mayor@burlington.ca to share your ideas on joint municipal-federal initiatives you would like to see our governments foster. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tune in to Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring

Please tune in as I lead a discussion with a panel of community leaders about current news and events in the city of Burlington on my new community television program, Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring. The show airs on TVCogeco Cable 23/HD Cable 700. For more information or to suggest an episode topic, please email mayor@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7607.

Episode One: Get Engaged with the City of Burlington

How citizens can become engaged with City Hall and their community through the different opportunities offered by the City of Burlington.

Mayor Rick Goldring disucsses public involvement with Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; and Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Mayor Rick Goldring disucsses public involvement with Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; and Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Air dates:

Sept. 27, 2015 @ 11:30

Sept. 28, 2015 @ 14:30

Sept. 29, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct. 4, 2015 @ 11:30

Episode Two: Environmental Sustainability in Burlington

A discussion about the City of Burlington’s strides in environmental sustainability through current and upcoming initiatives.

Mayor Goldring films Episode 2 of Burlington Matters on the topic of environmental sustainability with the City's Senior Sustainability Coordinator Lynn Robichaud, Burlington Hydro CEO and President Gerry Smallegange and W5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

Mayor Goldring films Episode 2 of Burlington Matters on the topic of environmental sustainability with the City’s Senior Sustainability Coordinator Lynn Robichaud, Burlington Hydro CEO and President Gerry Smallegange and W5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Gerry Smallegange, President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Hydro; Lynn Robichaud, Senior Sustainability Coordinator with the City of Burlington; Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Regional Councillor.

Air dates:

Oct. 6, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct .11, 2015 @ 11:30

Oct. 13, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct. 18, 2015 @ 11:30

Oct. 20, 2015 @ 21:30

Oct. 25, 2015 @ 11:30

September 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Challenging Residents to Think Outside the Car

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Mayor Rick Goldring, MPP Eleanor McMahon, Councillors Jack Dennison and Blair Lancaster, and students and staff at the launch of Think Outside the Car at M.M. Robinson H.S.

I am challenging Burlington residents to leave the car at home and choose active and alternative transportation during the Think Outside the Car Challenge between September 15 and October 30.
 
Many of the trips by Burlingtonians are within a very short distance, in fact, 50 per cent of them are less than 5 km. These are the ideal distances to cycle, walk or hop on a Burlington Transit bus. These alternative modes of transportation not only promote a healthy lifestyle but also save money on the cost of gas, parking and have very little impact on our air quality.

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Reminding drivers, students to be safe this fall

Crossing Guards_King Road-13[1]This column is scheduled to appear in the September 2015 edition of Snapd.

Fall is an exciting time of year for Burlington residents – especially for the young people who call our great city home.

For those attending elementary or secondary school, the arrival of September marks a return to the classroom and reconnecting with friends. There are also students experiencing the excitement of attending school for the first time.

For parents and commuters, fall means getting back into the old routine, or establishing a new one.

I would like to remind everyone in our community to be safe during this busy time.

Many children in our community walk, cycle, skateboard or ride their scooter to school.

Please use the marked intersections when you cross the street, wear your helmet and walk your bicycle across a roadway.

If there is a signaled intersection, push the pedestrian button; stop, look and listen for traffic; watch for turning vehicles and only cross when the road is clear.

I am also asking drivers to pay close attention and give themselves extra time to get to their destination. There are more children on the sidewalks and at crossings during this time, many of whom are excited and new to the experience of travelling to and from school.

I want to remind motorists to reduce their speed in school zones, stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard, be patient and wait for students to complete their crossing before proceeding, and to be ready to stop at all times.

The City of Burlington employs approximately 120 school crossing guards from September to June each year. I want to thank these dedicated individuals for playing a very important role in our community, ensuring children travel safely to and from school each weekday.

Please respect the crossing guards in our community.

A little extra precaution by everyone will mean a great back-to-school season.

I also encourage all students and parents to consider alternative forms of transportation when travelling to and from school. Park the car and give walking, cycling, public transit or other alternative transportation a try. You will be doing the environment, your health and your city a favour. Everyone benefits when we think outside the car.

I wish everyone in Burlington a safe and happy fall season.

Connect with Mayor Rick Goldring by phone at 905-335-7607, by email at mayor@burlington.ca, on Twitter @RickGoldring and on Facebook at Rick Goldring. Subscribe to his monthly digital newsletter by emailing mayor@burlington.ca.