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We're Growing in Place - Burlington's Official Plan Review
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Welcome!

We're Growing in Place is the City of Burlington's Official Plan review project. 

An Official Plan is a statutory document required by the Province that describes a city's land-use strategy over the next 20 years.  The Official Plan review will address the challenges and opportunities of planning and building our future city. The conversation has started - find out where we are now.

Featured Items

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Thank you for attending the Second Public Session for the Mobility Hubs Opportunities and Constraints Study.

All of the materials from the February 12 public session are available online. For more details please follow this link. Look for a summary of comments in the coming weeks.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Join us at the Second Public Session for the Mobility Hubs Opportunities and Constraints Study

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Shoreline Room, Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Rd

This evening will be your opportunity to review and provide comments on:

  • The opportunities and constraints at Burlington’s Mobility Hubs,
  • The future role and vision of each hub, and
  • The draft Official Plan directions for land-use, built form, open space and circulation.  

For more details please follow this link.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Mount Nemo Plateau - Public Consultation

The City of Burlington is holding a public consultation event to discuss the future of the Mount Nemo Plateau. Please see the event postcard for more information.

Monday February 10, 2014
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Kilbride Public School - Auditorium

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Preliminary study of the heritage character of the Mount Nemo Plateau

On January 13, 2014 the Development and Infrastructure Committee accepted staff’s recommendation contained in the staff report, Official Plan Review: Preliminary study of the heritage character of the Mount Nemo Plateau (PB-07-14).

The delivery of the preliminary study signifies the completion of the staff direction. The work of the consultant has identified that the Mount Nemo Plateau possesses heritage character worthy of recognition as a cultural heritage landscape through further study and possible designation as a Heritage Conservation District (HCD). Staff recommends that decisions on whether or not to pursue an HCD study occur following significant public and stakeholder engagement. Staff will report back on the outcome of any public consultation.

For more details please see staff report PB-07-14 or contact Jenna Puletto, Planner I - Heritage & Development 905-335-7600 x7824 or Jenna.Puletto@burlington.ca

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Character Area Study

On January 13, 2014, at the Development and Infrastructure Committee meeting, staff brought forward a report on the Feasibility of the Implementation of an Interim Control Bylaw in the Roseland Community (PB-16-14).

In response to a staff direction to consider the feasibility of an interim control by-law to address concerns about development taking place in Roseland, staff does not recommend the use of an interim control by-law. Instead, it is proposed that the Character Area Study be removed from the work plan and schedule for the Official Plan Review (OPR) and be completed and processed on an expedited basis following a separate path leading to policies, regulations and guidelines for presentation to Council in early 2015.

The Committee amended the staff recommendation to remove only the Roseland component of the Character Area Study from the OP schedule. The Indian Point component of the study will remain as part of the OP Review.

For more details, please see staff report PB-16-14 or contact Rosa Bustamante, Planner II 905-335-7600 x7811 or Rosa.Bustamante@burlington.ca

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Revisions to the Comprehensive Work Plan

On December 2, 2013 the Development and Infrastructure Committee accepted staff’s recommendation in staff report Official Plan Review: Revised Comprehensive Work Plan, Schedule and Budget Allocation (PB-89-13 ) to revise the Comprehensive Work Plan.

Background

In 2012 City Council approved a Comprehensive Work Plan to guide work on the Official Plan Review. Since approving the Comprehensive Work Plan a number of resource and scope shifts that have occurred. These changes have warranted a review of the Comprehensive Work Plan.

The review of the Comprehensive Work Plan resulted in a number of revisions to the original Work Plan. Primarily, the Revised Work Plan Work Plan schedules the delivery of the Official Plan Amendment in Q3/Q4 of 2015.

For more details regarding revision to individual components of the Official Plan Review please see staff report PB-89-13 or contact Andrea Smith, Manager of Policy and Research 905-335-7600 x7385 or Andrea.Smith@burlington.ca

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Official Plan Review Update #9

Oct. 21, 2013

Get the latest information on the Official Plan Review from this update report to council.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Mobility Hubs Opportunities and Constraints

On September 10, 2013 a public visioning session was held at the Burlington Arts Centre. If you were unable to attend the meeting or are interested in providing further feedback please follow the links below:
Workshop Presentation
Comment Sheet

Please check back to this site for a summary of the event and to learn about future events.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Commercial Strategy Study

Two stakeholders meetings were scheduled on September 12, 2013 (City-wide and Downtown), to inform the business community on the progress of the Commercial Study and to receive feedback on the preliminary findings and strategic recommendations of the Study.

Meeting 1. Strategic Considerations for the City-Wide Network of Commercial Uses
Agenda and Comment Form
Presentation
Feedback Form

Meeting 2. Strategic Considerations for Downtown Burlington
Agenda and Comment Form
Presentation
Feedback Form

A summary of the principal points of discussion identified by the stakeholder attendees at the two sessions is provided here.

Online Forum – NOW CLOSED!

From June 14 to September 1, 2013, the City hosted an online forum about the future of commercial land use planning in Burlington.

We thank you all for your participation and for sharing your ideas!

Your ideas and comments will inform Phase Two of the Commercial Study and help develop policy options and design recommendations for better integrating commercial uses within the community.

If you would like to learn more about what commercial land uses are and how they relate to the Official Plan Review, click here.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Hwy 403 & Waterdown Rd

On May 13, the City held a public meeting to discuss current & emerging issues and future opportunities for the area on the north side of Hwy 403 and west of Waterdown Road. More than 20 people attended the event.

Summary Report

A draft summary report prepared by City staff has been made available for public review and comment. The report includes a compilation of the input received and is available here. We kindly ask that participants provide comments on the summary report by Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Employment Lands Study Draft Phase 2 Report – targeted Stakeholder Session

On March 19, 2013 the City invited targeted stakeholders to a presentation regarding the Employment Lands Study Draft Phase 2 Report and the Draft Employment Land Conversion Policies. Click here to learn more.

[graphic of hand drawn arrow]Rural Summit

On January 19, the City hosted the Rural Summit at Kilbride Public School, as part of Burlington's Official Plan Review. We are happy to report that over 125 people attended the event. If you attended the Summit, please follow this link to fill out a feedback form!

Summary Report

A draft summary report prepared by the facilitators of the Rural Summit was made available for public review and comment. The report includes a description of the day and a compilation of the input received.

Thank you to those who provided comments on this draft summary report. All comments were incorporated into the finalized summary report, which is now available as part of the staff report PB-25-13, available here.

For more information on the Rural Summit, please click here.

 

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