Spotlight: Jobs & Economic Development

  |   Economic Development   |   4 Comments

Spotlight: Jobs & Economic Development

Why we should celebrate residential buildout, and focus on attracting jobs You’ve probably heard Burlington is running out of land for residential growth – something called “buildout.” What you may not have heard is that’s a good thing for our bottom line. Residential development costs about $1.40 to service for every $1 in tax revenue we get. Development charges only cover about 80% of the costs of this growth, and can’t fund items like hospitals for new residents. Thus, the more we grow on the residential side, the more your taxes will go up. That’s exactly what we’ve seen in Burlington –...

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18 May
  |   Development   |   4 Comments

70+ folks attend discussion of 2267 Lakeshore Road; prefer scaled back development

[caption id="attachment_4162" align="alignright" width="300"] Architectural rendering of proposed homes at 2267 Lakeshore Rd.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4163" align="alignright" width="199"] Site layout of 2267 Lakeshore Rd. Red X's show trees removed to make way for driveways/buildings.[/caption] Many thanks to the more than 70 residents who attended the recent meeting at the seniors centre to discuss the proposed rezoning application from Rosedale Properties to redevelop 2267 Lakeshore Road from one single family home to five, 1.5 storey stone -and-siding single family homes around a shared condo road. You can view the powerpoint from the meeting here April 29 2014 Presentation which details the proposal and the decision-making process. City...

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01 May
  |   Economic Development   |   6 Comments

BEDC poised to become land development corp

A proposal is currently on the table for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation to become an incorporated for-profit organization that would have the ability to buy and sell land for commercial development. Adding land management could facilitate economic growth by speeding approvals, controlling development activities, offering preferential financing and other advantages. An incorporated BEDC will focus on optimizing the value of city-owned land (eg. downtown parking lots) or purchasing land to increase economic activity. According to a presentation from city staff and BEDC board members at an April 17 council workshop, a for-profit BEDC Inc. will be best positioned to assemble, acquire and...

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27 April
  |   Awards   |   No comment

City wins Ontario Public Works Association Award for corporate asset management

The City of Burlington has won the prestigious 2014 IT Symposium award from the Ontario Public Works Association for work on the Corporate Asset Management System implementation (Riva Decision Support implementation). This annual competition provides an opportunity for municipalities across Ontario to showcase their IT initiatives and accomplishments directed at improving the delivery of Public Works services. All submissions are first reviewed by an OPWA panel and then short listed for presentations at the annual OPWA IT Symposium which took place on April 16, 2014. There were eight presentations in what proved to be a very tight competition from other municipalities...

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27 April
  |   Development   |   1 Comment

Public meeting April 29 for 2267 Lakeshore Rd redevelopment

A sign has now been posted at 2267 Lakeshore Road announcing the application to redevelop and rezone the property to permit five homes around a cluster road. A public meeting to discuss the proposal and hear from residents has been scheduled for April 29, 7pm at the Burlington Seniors Centre, . For more information, contact me at marianne.meedward@burlington.ca  ...

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22 April
  |   Elections   |   2 Comments

Election 2014: Running for re-election to Ward 2

[caption id="attachment_4128" align="alignright" width="280"] Participating in the "shop the 'hood campaign": Promoting the downtown and waterfront is a key part of my campaign.[/caption] I've registered to run for reelection as your councillor for Ward 2 in the Oct. 27 municipal election. It's been an honour to serve and work with you over the last four years to make our city better. I appreciate the time and expertise you've volunteered, and the input you've provided to me on the decisions council has made on your behalf. It's made a difference. Thanks also for the feedback you've given me about my service to you, for...

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22 April
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Patrick Moyle appointed interim city manager, as of May 1

[caption id="attachment_4106" align="alignleft" width="150"] Pat Moyle[/caption] Patrick Moyle, former CAO of Halton Region, has been appointed as Burlington's interim city manager effective May 1. Current city manager Jeff Fielding is leaving Burlington after May 16 to become city manager in Calgary. Moyle will work with Fielding on a transition plan, and will also provide leadership assistance during the city’s recruitment process for a permanent city manager. A full, open search will begin later in 2014, and will include both internal and external candidates. Moyle began his career in land use planning and economic development in the Muskoka District, followed by experience as a CAO in...

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22 April
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Staff buy 1400 chocolate bars to honour colleagues for their work

City staff purchased 1,400 chocolate bars in April as part of a "gratitude-o-gram" program launched last year as a simple way for employees to recognize their co-workers for helping out and going the extra mile. Participants buy a chocolate bar for $2 and send it to a colleague with a personalised note of thanks. The city's healthy workplace committee delivers the bars. Last year, 900 chocolate bars were sold.  The committee chose Walker’s Chocolates as they’re Burlington based and they make (delicious!) fundraising chocolate bars. The chocolate bars cost $1 each + tax, and are sold for $2. After the cost of...

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22 April
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City achieves accreditation for children’s programs

The city of Burlington has achieved Accredited Organization status with the Parks and Recreation Ontario HIGH FIVE quality assurance program. A staff team has worked hard over the last two years to ensure that the quality standards for children's recreation programs have met or exceeded the criteria established by Parks and Recreation Ontario. The review process included a rigorous verification of policies, staff training, program quality and internal and external awareness of the city's commitment to HIGH FIVE. A special thanks to Maggie Henderson for her leadership on this project. Maggie was recently honoured by Parks and Recreation Ontario with a...

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22 April
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City wins award for Alton Campus project

Parks and Recreation Ontario has honoured the city with an Award of Excellence in Design for the Alton Campus project, which includes the recently opened Haber Recreation Centre and the adjacent Norton Park. The award recognizes a park, recreation and/or cultural facility that has demonstrated high standards of planning, design, community involvement, operation and maintenance, quality of aesthetics, usability, accessibility and versatility. Congratulations and special thanks to Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation, and his entire team for their work....

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22 April

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