Vision for Downtown Burlington
Reviewing Burlington's Vision for the Downtown
DRAFT Core Commitment Now Available!
The Draft Core Commitment will be tabled with the Development and Infrastructure Committee on the evening of May 27, 2013. The meeting begins at 6:30pm. Staff are recommending that the draft Core Commitment be circulated to the public and stakeholders for final consideration in September of this year.
To read the meeting agenda and view the draft document visit Development and Infrastructure Committee webpage, or download the reports here:
DID 4-13 Staff report
If you wish to appear as a delegation to address Committee regarding this report, please contact the City Clerk's Department: Register as a Delegation
Report of the Downtown Task Group
Thank you to the many people who have contributed to the review of the downtown vision so far. Your input, along with expert advice and research, has helped to shape the report of the Downtown Task Group. The Task Group's recommended actions aimed at ensuring the continued health of downtown will be presented to the Development and Infrastructure Committee at their meeting of March 25, 2013. To read the meeting agenda, visit Development and Infrastructure Committee or read the Summary Report of the Task Group, the city staff report (DI-1-13) and the supporting background material here:
- Summary Report of the Downtown Task Group
- Downtown Benchmarking and Best Practices Report
- Office and Retail Market Report
- On-Line Survey Results
- Intercept and Telephone Survey Results
- Turning Point Polling Results
- Commercial Strategy Downtown Discussion Paper
Council Workshop on the Downtown
On March 28th, 2013 Council will be participating in a Workshop on the Downtown. The workshop will be held from 1pm to 4pm at the Burlington Art Centre and will be led by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), an independent not-for-profit organization and the authors of the May 2012 report "The Value of Investing in Downtowns". For more information on the Canadian Urban Institute and their work, visit: www.canurb.com
The Council workshop is open to the public, however, delegations are not permitted.
Thanks to the more than 100 people who came out to the Downtown Vision Workshop to share your ideas and your passion for our downtown. The PowerPoint presentation and the topic questions and comment forms are accessible below. If you were not able to attend the session we invite you to review the presentation and provide us with your comments.
The Results Are In...
The issues polling at the workshop revealed interesting insights into our collective vision for downtown. Here are the tabulated results from the polling exercise:
Council approved Core Commitment as a vision and action plan in 2005 with involvement from the community. That plan has served us well, and we've accomplished many of the things we set out to do. With a new Council, and a new Strategic Plan the time is right to revisit that vision and action plan to make sure that it stays relevant in the years ahead.
Burlington, Our Future
As part of the community input process during the city's strategic plan-Burlington, Our Future-people in Burlington told council about the kind of community they want to live in. The Strategic Plan - Our Burlington, Our Future - adopted by council for our city reflects the community's voice.
Strategic Direction 1 is about the kind of neighbourhoods we want. For downtown, that means a downtown that is a safe and accessible place to live, work and gather. It means a downtown neighbourhood that is liveable.
Strategic Direction 2 is about creating a prosperous community that provides a future for all of us. For downtown, that means having a vibrant downtown with a healthy mix of businesses, services and housing options.
Downtown Task Group
A downtown task force has been formed to help plan the public involvement to help shape those ideas into actions. An updated Core Commitment for council's consideration will be one of the key outcomes.
The task group includes:
- The Burlington Chamber of Commerce
- The Burlington Downtown Business Association
- Tourism Burlington
- The City of Burlington
- The Burlington Economic Development Corporation
- Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven
- Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward
The city will provide updates at www.burlington.ca/downtownvision. Please visit the web pages for Downtown Burlington. Call 905-335-7600, ext. 7259, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.