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Edward Skira

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Burlington, Ont. — April 13, 2022 — Yesterday, at a Special Meeting of City of Burlington Council, council voted to accept the recommendation in staff report PL-24-22 and refuse the applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment submitted by Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc. proposing a mixed-use development at the site of the current Waterfront Hotel and subject of the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study.

City staff evaluated the applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment for 2020 Lakeshore Rd. under all applicable policies, regulations, and guidelines. They considered all comments received from technical reviewers and the public.

The proposed development is not consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, does not conform with A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, does not conform with Halton Region’s Official Plan and does not conform to the policies of the City of Burlington Official Plan (1997 as amended). The proposed development also does not conform to the City’s new Official Plan (2020). These factors led Staff to recommend refusal of the subject applications.

At another Special Council meeting also held yesterday, City Council voted to receive and file the Waterfront Hotel Study Planning Justification Report.

Background

Located next to two of Burlington's most significant landmarks, Spencer Smith Park and the Brant Street Pier, the City asked for input to make sure the new development would reflect a high quality of urban design that would enhance the community's access to the waterfront and the downtown.

Public meetings were held in February on both the planning study and the development application for residents and stakeholders to talk about the study process and hear from City staff and the consultant team. Information for the projects were posted on Waterfront Hotel Planning Study webpage and the City’s online engagement platform, Get Involved Burlington. Information was also posted to the burlington.ca/2020lakeshore webpage.


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Joint Statement

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Ward 2 City Councillor Lisa Kerns


"Our planning staff have provided a very thorough rationale for why this application should be rejected. The application is not reflective of the feedback we have heard from the community over many years related to this landmark site. We have heard loud and clear residents want to see more parkland on this site next to our jewel of a waterfront park.

The many other deficiencies with this application have been well articulated in staff’s report and are summed up well in this section on page nine: ‘The subject application(s) are not consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement as they propose development at an intensity that exceeds what is considered to be an appropriate level for its local context within the land use patterns of the Regional Official Plan and Official Plan.’

Regarding the Waterfront Hotel Study, given the information that has recently come to light, we have simply filed this report. We will have more to say about next steps in coming weeks.”

Links and Resources

Waterfront Hotel Planning Study

2020 Lakeshore Rd. Development Application
 

innsertnamehere

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surprise, surprise, Burlington rejected another development proposal. When was the last time they actually approved one? Off to the OLT where it'll get approved I guess.
 

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Where were all the No Sprawl Halton advocates on this one? I'd love to see them request a MZO in favour of all the high-density downtown Burlington applications before the election!
 
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I would support development or re-purposing of the property or the parking lot that makes up a sizable potion of the site. But not the proposal on the table. Greedy, cheap, and just another cliff between the community and the lake. The city has moved towards reasonable zoning requirements for the entire ' downtown' area of Burlington. And those zoning requirements reasonably reflect the existing issues with traffic and transit as well. Burlington does not need to be a reflection of Canyon City i.e. Toronto, just because developers enjoy maximizing profits. But Burlington can add density and build neighborhoods, and is doing both, although at a pace that would frustrate most,
 

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