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News from Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna
Whats in this issue......
4103 Palladium Way Pre-application Virtual Public Meeting
2154 Walkers Line Pre-application Virtual Public Meeting
Spring/Summer Temporary Patios
Property Tax Relief
Burlington Housing Strategy
Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund
Registration for Spring Recreation Programming
Pickleball Lending Library
*Halton Region Vaccine Clinics Update
Rural Ward 6 Spring Clean Up event - Save the date
Reduce Rural Racers

Community Events & Programs:
Hard Urban Boundry Virtual Event
A Virtual Evening with John McDermott
Run4Lighthouse Event
Burlington Green's 11th Annual Green up Clean up Event
Imperial Oil Frontline Workers Recognition
Dear Friends & Neighbours
Spring has arrived and I really look forward to a very bright and positive year ahead! I would like to begin with a reflection of this past year.

Last weekend, I ran into a friend while walking through Ireland Park in Headon Forest. He was relaxing and sitting on a bench. We got into an interesting conversation about this past year. While chatting we were joined by another couple passing by and they decided to join the conversation. We spoke for about 45 minutes covering many aspects of the City’s past year, specifically operations. At the end we all agreed that Burlington had done very well with respect to low Covid cases, supporting small businesses, tax relief program for residents and last but not least, keeping the city financial shortfall to a minimum. Yes, it certainly has been very different in our City as we faced many unprecedented challenges since last March. Pre-COVID seems such a long time ago, where staff were doing their work and life went on.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff for their commitment and continued support in keeping our city safe and running seamlessly.

I know that we miss gathering in larger groups, playing sports on our fields, having friends and family together celebrating cherished events. We will get there.

My focus this spring will be to perfect my gardening skills from last year! :) 

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy year ahead!
 
Take care, 
Angelo
Ward 6 Public Meetings
Notice of Pre-Application Consultation:
Proposed Retirement Home at 4103 Palladium Way
This email is to notify you that a virtual Pre-Application Consultation meeting is being held on Thursday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm, for a proposal to develop 4103 Palladium Way, for the purpose of a new Retirement Home, in addition to the long-term care facility previously approved. The meeting will be hosted by the owner, Better Life Retirement and their technical experts.
 
The Virtual Pre-Application Community Meeting will take place:
 
Tuesday March 30,2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Participate On-Line via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94263473137  
Webinar ID: 942 6347 3137
(Internet connection required – Zoom User Guide available at www.burlington.ca/4103palladiumway)
Participate by Telephone:1-647-374-4685 (audio only)
 
The meeting will provide an overview of the planning process that will be required to accommodate the proposed development and to obtain community feedback prior to the submission of a Local Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications.
 
The proposed development is a Retirement Home with approximately 120 beds in conjunction with the previously approved Long-Term Care Facility for the subject property. The primary use of the Retirement Home is proposed in a six (6) storey building in a form shown on the drawing below. Please note the design is currently being revised as a result of initial feedback received from the City of Burlington during a pre-consultation meeting with the City. The most up-to-date drawings will be available for viewing at the meeting.
No applications have been submitted at this point and no decisions have been made by the City. For more information about this application visit www.burlington.ca/4103palladiumway

City Planning staff, Ward Councillor Angelo Bentivegna and Mayor Marianne Meed Ward will also be in attendance.
 
The Pre-application Consultation Meeting will generally follow the agenda below:
 
7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome and Introductions
7:05 – 7:10pm Citizen Guide to the Planning Process
7:10 – 7:20pm Project Overview
7:20 – 8:30pm Question and Answer Period
8:30 – 8:35pm Wrap Up and Next Steps
 
We look forward to seeing you virtually and hearing any feedback you may have on this proposal. View the full notification here.
Notice of Pre-Application Consultation:
for 2154 Walkers Line Virtual Public Meeting
Millington & Associates is hosting a virtual pre-application meeting on Monday, March 29 to share a development proposal for 2154 Walkers Line. The property owners will be applying to rezone the lands from a single family home to allow for condominium units. No application has been submitted to the City at this time and no decision on this proposal has been made. The City would like to hear from you. View the full notification here. For more information visit www.burlington.ca/2154WalkersLine

The virtual meeting will take place on:

Monday, March 29, 2021
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Participate on-line via zoom:
Webinar ID: 957 2413 4808
Participate by Telephone: 1 (647) 374-4685 (audio only)
 
City staff will be in attendance and will provide an overview of the development application process. Everyone is welcome.
City News
Spring/Summer Temporary Patios
In March, Council approved an earlier start date of April 15, 2021 for the temporary patio program. Council also approved expediting the approval process for 2020 temporary patio permit holders to allow their permits to be renewed this year based on their 2020 patio approvals. Application fees for the 2021 temporary patio program are being waived to help businesses recover during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Council previously approved a streamlined zoning processes for patio tents at a virtual meeting of Burlington City Council on Feb. 3, 2021. These changes included:
  • removing the zoning requirement for a temporary tent to be three metres from a building or property line,
  • zoning restrictions on tents larger than 60 m2 and
  • waiving the requirement for a site plan approval and zoning clearance certificate
 
Council has also approved an additional $5,000 to the existing grant tent permit program to reimburse the costs of related fees for an estimated total amount of $10,000 from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve Fund. This grant will cover the City building permit fees for outdoor tent structures when an alternative solution and/or building permit is required, until Oct. 31, 2021.

City staff are committed to reviewing temporary patio program applications and working collaboratively with applicants to help local restaurants and businesses understand how they can safely operate an outdoor patio during the 2021 patio season.
For more information, visit burlington.ca/patios or contact the City’s Special Business Area Coordinator: Robert.Catherall@burlington.ca 905-335-7600, ext. 7445.
2021 Property Tax Relief Program
Burlington City Council approved the city’s 2021 operating budget. Combined with a budget increase from Halton Region and no change to education taxes, the overall tax increase is 2.50 per cent or $18.99 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment. The city’s budget increase is 4.14 per cent.

At a special meeting of Council on March 3, City Council approved a 2021 COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral Payment Plan program to provide relief to residents and businesses that continue to face financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The application-based program will allow eligible property owners who are unable to pay property taxes by the regularly scheduled tax due dates, to defer taxes under a pre-authorized payment plan. If eligible, equal monthly withdrawals will be made that will allow for the property taxes to be paid in full by Dec. 1, 2021.
 
Additional details:
  • Applicants will be required to attest the financial hardship they are experiencing is directly related to COVID-19, e.g. loss of employment, business closure, prolonged suspension of pay
  • Property owners that have an unpaid balance on their account from March 1, 2020 onward may include this amount in the property tax deferral payment plan (eligible owners cannot have any property tax amounts owing prior to March 1, 2020)
  • Immediately following enrollment, no penalty or interest will be applied for the duration of the deferral as long as payments are made
  • Eligible property owners have the ability to choose which date they would like the pre-authorized monthly payment plan to begin. Options include April 1, May 1, June 1 or July 1.
 
The application to apply for the 2021 COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral Payment Plan program is available at burlington.ca/propertytax.
Burlington Housing Strategy
The City is doing a Housing Strategy to give current and future residents more housing options across our city. In January 2021, Council endorsed the Burlington Housing Strategy Terms of Reference, directing staff to start work on the Housing Strategy. The Housing Strategy is an opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions for housing issues in Burlington that will build on and support the Region’s Housing Strategy.
 
To learn more, check out the City of Burlington’s Housing Strategy - Proposed Terms of Reference Staff Report. On April 6, 2021, Staff will present to Council the draft engagement plan and report on feedback from the virtual launch event.
Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund
The City of Burlington is now accepting applications for the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund (NCMF), where approved projects could receive up to $10,000. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2021.
 
Burlington residents are encouraged to submit community-led project plans that help make our city a better place to live and play. Inspired by the unique needs of residents and community groups, projects can increase walkability, promote beautification, encourage recreational activity, build social connections and improve safety or accessibility. These projects are to be planned, led and implemented by, and for the community in a public setting. All projects must comply with the current public health regulations and provincial framework during development and implementation.
 
For 2021, the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund will focus on small projects that enhance infrastructure amenities within parks, gardens, buildings on public lands or on lands that are accessible to the public that meet the goal of the fund.
For more information, guidelines or to apply for funds visit burlington.ca/matchingfund.
Registration for Spring Recreation Programming
Spring programs are now being offered and can be viewed at burlington.ca/recreation. Residents can register for in-person, outdoor and virtual programs for Adults 19+, Adults 55+ and Youth programs as of March 13.
 
An account is required to register online. You can create an account or register at liveandplay.burlington.ca. Residents can call 905-335-7738 for staff-assisted telephone registrations.
 
Anyone with questions or needing assistance can contact the Recreation, Community and Culture Department by email live&play@burlington.ca or if you need to speak to someone, call 905-335-7738 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
If restrictions change due to the pandemic, we will do our best to adjust and modify the program.
 
Safety requirements are in place for all programs and include Bring Your Own everything, and the requirement for masks for all non-physically active programs. Anyone participating in an in-person program will need to fill out the mandatory health screening form at burlington.ca/screening before each session.

Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation is for all, regardless of financial situation. Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to resident individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreation programs. For more information or to apply, visit burlington.ca/feeassistance. You can also leave a confidential voicemail message at 905-335-7738, ext. 8501 and staff will return your call to assist you.
Pickleball Lending Library
The Lending Library for Pickleball Equipment at Burlington Seniors’ Centre provides the opportunity to borrow equipment for those wanting to play pickleball at our outdoor pickleball courts. For a complete list of what is available through the Pickleball Equipment Lending Library, visit www.burlington.ca/pickleball
 
Pickleball equipment borrowed from the Burlington Seniors’ Centre lending location is recommended for experienced players only, with all paddles and foam balls suited for serious players using outdoor courts. Lending is limited to two or three-day periods.  
Equipment best suited to novice players, youth and families wanting to enjoy recreational play on outdoor courts and other locations, remain available at Brant Hills Lending Library with other outdoor play equipment. Play equipment lending from Brant Hills is one week in length.
 
Before you play, please visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay.
 
Bookings can be made online by logging onto your PerfectMind account at liveandplay.burlington.ca
Halton Region News
Vaccination Clinics
I’m sure everyone is aware that as of March 3, adults 80+ can book an appointment online or call 311 for one of Halton Region’s COVID19 vaccination clinics. There will be appointments available for every resident who is 80 years of age or older during March and April.
 
As of today, Friday, March 19, Halton residents 75 years old and older (born in or before 1946) will be able to book a vaccination appointment through our online booking system.
 
All appointments are dependent on the availability of vaccine supply. We know some residents will require transportation to and from their appointment. Information on available transportation services is also on our website and will be offered free of charge.
 
For information about our vaccination clinics, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines. Please check back regularly for updates.

Burlington Clinic locations:
Compass Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Rd.
Joseph Brant Hospital, 1245 Lakeshore Rd.
Ward 6 Rural News
Save the Date - Rural Ward 6 Spring Clean-Up
Every year Burlington Green organizes a city-wide cleanup event for Earth Day called Clean Up Green Up. It is an opportunity for residents to clean up the neighbourhoods and public spaces in our community in an organized fashion. This year Backed By Bees, in partnership with the Rural Ward 6 Advisory Committee have teamed up to participate with your help. We know many of us in the rural area take the time each spring to clean up the roads and ditches in front of our properties but many roads go untouched. So, let’s join together to get Rural Ward 6 cleaned up this spring! More details to follow but mark your calendars to help clean up North Burlington together this Earth Day weekend (April 24/25).
Community Events & Programs
Hard Urban Boundaries Virtual Event
You are invited to join the Halton Environmental Network (HEN) on Monday, March 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., to participate in a webinar to discuss Hard Urban Boundaries. Guest speakers include Kevin Eby, Peter Lambrick and Ann Joyner.
This educational webinar will give you more information about what it means to have Hard Urban Boundaries, for our agricultural land and green spaces, and our communities and neighbourhoods. We will also discuss this in the context of a changing climate. Everyone is welcome. Register Here.
A Virtual Evening with John McDermott
The Lighthouse for Grieving Children is hosting a virtual evening with John McDermott, Friday April 30 at 7:15 p.m. The evening features a specially recorded concert for the Lighthouse Community, followed by a live conversation with John.
Ticket price includes a 3-course dinner for two from the renowned Spencer's at the Waterfront, paired with your choice of red or white wine, hand delivered to your door.
Tickets $200 available at www.SupportLH.com 
Registration Closes April 16th
For more details view the full flyer here.
Run4Lighthouse Event
This year, the Run4Lighthouse will be an engaging virtual event.  As participants register, we will be accumulating the kms in our quest to run Lighthouse2Lighthouse, right across Canada! 
 
Help us to continue to offer our services free by joining us for our annual Run 4 Lighthouse - a fun, community event.  
 
The Lighthouse for Grieving Children has been supporting grieving children and their families in our community for over 20 years.  Throughout Covid 19, we have continued to support our Lighthouse families remotely, connecting them with one another through virtual grief support groups and offering activities to do together at home. 
 
Help support Lighthouse by registering today at www.run4LH.com.
Burlington Green’s 11th Annual Clean up Green Up Event
Burlington’s annual Clean Up Green Up registration is now open! Sign up to participate in this popular and rewarding city-wide opportunity to safely collect litter from our communities, and you can also register to participate in various green up activities that you can do at home to help grow the local tree canopy and strengthen local biodiversity too!
Our 11th Annual Clean Up Green Up begins during Earth Week from April 22nd to May 2nd, with opportunities for continued participation through to October 31, 2021. We invite you to safely gather your family, friends, social bubble, colleagues, community group or students to participate in this outdoor and physically distanced eco-action opportunity to clean up litter from Burlington’s parks, school yards, creek areas and neighbourhoods.

Visit www.burlingtongreen.org for further details and to sign up to participate!
Imperial Oil Frontline Workers Recognition
We are all inspired by the heroic actions of Canada’s frontline health care workers as they have been contending with the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year. To show their gratitude, Imperial has launched a 2021 #healthcarehero campaign to enable Canadians to thank our frontline workers for their continued efforts.
 
If you would like to extend your gratitude to a local health care hero who has impacted you, take a few minutes to nominate them and invite others in your community to do the same.
 
The hero you nominate may be eligible to receive a $25 Esso™ & Mobil™ e-Gift Card. There are 100,000 gift cards available. With your nomination, you’ll also receive 5 cents per litre savings on up to 100L of fuel. For all the details and to make your nomination, visit www.healthcarehero.ca.
Prevention & Social Distancing
Practice Social Distancing  
Although we are moving into stage 3, we must stay diligent to keep the numbers down and to prevent a relapse. 
 
We urge everyone to follow the advice of qualified health care professionals. Social distancing and wash your hands thoroughly and often are still best practice to prevent COVID-19. Wearing a mask is now required in Halton in indoor spaces. 
 
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 is to:
  • stay home when ill;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve;
  • wash hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub; and
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
For more information visit:
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