Ward 2
Community Update
Lisa Kearns l Councillor l Burlington.ca/Ward2
October 8, 2020

Hello,
As the weather gets colder and we move indoors more and more, we cannot let our guard down. We must continue to do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and protect everyone. I encourage you to continue listening to the guidance from public health officials, practice physical distancing, and remain dedicated in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Together, we will get through this challenge.

My office is continuing to work at full capacity, I can be reached through e-mail at Lisa.Kearns@Burlington.ca.
 
Keep well, Lisa
In this Issue
COVID-19 Response
  • Burlington Cases to Date
  • City of Burlington Response
  • Burlington Safe Restart
  • Digital Service Squad
  • POST Promise
City Hall News
  • Agendas - What's Happening at City Council in October?
  • Budget 2021
  • City Talk
  • Integrated Mobility Plan - Oct. 15
  • Ranked Ballots
  • Residential Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program
  • Windrow Clearing
Ward 2 News
  • Halloween
  • Leaf Collection in Ward 2 - week of Nov. 23
  • Ice Skating
  • Metrolinx GO Rail Layover
  • Playground Improvements
  • Ward 2 Virtual Community Update - Nov. 19
Planning + Development
  • Official Plan
  • Pre-Application Public Meeting - Brant & Ghent Intersection - Oct. 14
  • Pre-Application Public Meeting - 535-551 Brant Street - Oct. 26
  • 420 Guelph Line - Refused
  • 2243, 2269 Fairview Street and 864 Drury Lane
  • Applications Appealed
  • Ward 2 Current Projects
Community
In & Around Town
In Closing

COVID-19 Response
Burlington Cases as at Oct. 8, 2020
City of Burlington Response
The city continues to take steps to keep our residents safe, and these are working. Some of these steps include a mandatory mask by-law in businesses and apartments/condos and our physical distancing bylaw.

We have repeatedly communicated these measures to the community and will continue to do so. We ask residents to report any observed violations of these bylaws directly to building@burlington.ca for enforcement. You can also report any incidence of significant or ongoing noncompliance to the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905 825-4722.

Visit the city's COVID-19 website to learn more about what's reopened for public use, closures and cancellations, community and business supports and a detailed Frequently Asked Questions with answers.

Questions about when and where to get tested for COVID-19? Visit Halton Region Public Health, e-mail accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.
Burlington Safe Restart *new
Led by Team Burlington, the Burlington Safe Restart Program provides grants to eligible small businesses. Grants up to $2,500 are available for the purchase of personal protective equipment and/or renovations to adhere to re-opening guidelines.
Digital Service Squad *new
The Burlington Economic Recovery Network has received a $50,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario for a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
POST Promise
The City of Burlington is participating in the POST Promise and is challenging all local businesses to participate as well. The goal of the promise is to inspire resident confidence in a business’s COVID-19 health and safety precautions in order to help get the local economy back on track.
Let's Be Kind
We understand that this has been a frustrating year for everyone. We ask that residents please respect City staff including our park ambassadors and by-law officers. Let’s be kind, Burlington.
City Hall News
Agendas - What is Happening at City Council in October?
Visit the City's Calendar where you'll find October meeting dates and agendas for upcoming Standing Committees of Council.
Budget 2021
At the Sept. 17, 2020, Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee, City staff presented the 2021 Budget Framework Report. The report provides an understanding of the parameters upon which staff will prepare the 2021 budget and highlights the budget drivers that will impact the 2021 budget.
City Talk
The latest issue of City Talk has been mailed to all Burlington residents. Articles include City Services during COVID-19, 2021 City Budget, Virtual Meetings and Delegations, plus more.
Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP)
You are invited to a free virtual event on the City's IMP. The event features a virtual panel discussion about the future of mobility, opportunities and challenges related to public health and the environment, social impacts of transportation and how planning for a multi-modal transportation network will shape how residents will get around over the next 25 years. All are welcome, Oct. 15 from 7-9 p.m.
At its meeting on Sept. 28, City Council approved initiating a public consultation process regarding the use of ranked ballots in the 2022 municipal election. In a ranked ballot system, voters have the option of selecting up to three candidates, ranking them by preference of their first, second, and third choice. Read my comments.
Residential Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program
At its Sept. 28 meeting, Council approved proceeding into an agreement with the Centre of Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to project manage the development of a pilot home energy efficiency retrofit program.
Windrow Clearing Program
What is a windrow? Windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of driveways by roadway plows. The city provides a Windrow Clearing Program for persons with disabilities. Registration for this Program is open Oct. 14 to Nov. 6.
Ward 2 News
Halloween
Halloween is going to look a lot different this year! Many of you are aware of the Seneca Avenue community-led traditional Halloween event. In response to area residents enquiries about this year's Halloween, sharing with you a notice distributed to Seneca Avenue residents. The letter includes precautions provided by Halton Region's Public Health.
Leaf Collection
Leaf collection for Ward 2 will occur the week of Nov. 23.
Of note:
  • Leaf collection can only occur with good weather
  • Freezing rain or an early snow storm could delay collection schedules or lead to the service being cancelled for the season
  • Halton Region’s Yard Waste program is not weather dependent, if a storm is forecast near your collection date, please bag your leaves for the Halton Region Yard Waste collection
  • For updates, visit Leaf Collection or call the Leaf Collection hotline at 905-336-7600, ext. 6129 (active after Oct. 15)
Ice Skating Programs Returning
Some of Canada’s favourite winter past-times will be returning to select rinks around our city and specifically at Ward 2 Central Arena. Programs include Public Skating, Skate 19+ and the Sticks and Pucks Program.
Metrolinx GO Rail Layover
In my February 2020 Newsletter I shared information about Metrolinx's plans to expand its GO Rail Program, specifically "Beach Layover Facility" - a proposed rail layover and train storage yard facility along Plains Road East, across from Glendor Avenue in our Ward.

Metrolinx has since advised that it is considering an alternate location for the layover in the Walkers Line and Harvester Road area.

A final decision by Metrolinx has not been made, and as indicated in the timeline chart to the right, Metrolinx will be hosting further public consultation opportunities this Fall. As at Oct. 6, and in response to my request for an update, Metrolinx advises that they are planning to hold the next public engagement session for November. I will keep you posted.
Playground Improvements
Work to enhance both Leighland and Central Playgrounds began in 2019 with an online Love My Playground survey. From children to caregivers, the city received great feedback about the types of equipment to include in these playgrounds. Feedback and ideas inspired the playground designers when selecting the equipment for these two new playgrounds including:
Leighland Playground:
  • New playground equipment and swings
  • New safety surfacing
  • Additional seating
  • Tree planting around playground area for shade
Central Playground
  • New playground equipment and swings
  • Rubberized safety surfacing around the playground and swings
  • New drinking fountain with a new pet bowl
Ward 2 Virtual Community Update Meetings
The next Ward 2 Community Update meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Planning + Development - Official Plan
Burlington City Council endorsed the modifications to the adopted Official Plan at the Council Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Official Plan will now go to Halton Region for final approval.

The City first adopted a new Official Plan in April 2018. In early 2019, City Council directed City staff to re-examine the policies in the adopted Official Plan that guide development in the Downtown and in Neighbourhood Centres.

Since summer 2019, City staff have engaged the public through various public meetings, Action Labs, pop-up events, online surveys, and virtual public meetings to understand what is important to the public about Downtown, and how the community wants to see Downtown grow in future.

Read the media release and read my comments/post located on my website.
Planning - Pre-Application Public Consultation Meetings
All residents are welcome to participate in the following
Brant and Ghent Intersection
Molinaro Group
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
View the notice and website

Proposal:
  • Lot A: Two 25-storey residential mixed-use towers and podium, with 426 units and retail space at grade
  • Lot B: One 25-storey residential mixed-use and podium with 316 units, retail space at grade, and 7 separate townhouse units
  • Lot C: One six-storey residential mixed-use building with 108 units and retail space at grade
535-551 Brant Street
Renimmob Properties Limited
Monday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Proposal:
  • 26-storey mixed-used building
  • 248 residential units, including one, two and three bedroom units
  • Ground floor commercial space
Planning + Development - Applications
420 Guelph Line
South of the New Street intersection
Valour Capital Inc.
Proposal:
  • 13-storey residential building
  • 170 dwelling units
  • Access to the site from Guelph Line
  • 220 parking spaces, within two levels of underground parking and two levels of above-ground parking

Status:
2243, 2269 Fairview Street and 864 Drury Lane
CLV Group Developments

Proposal:
  • Seven residential towers on top of four (4) mixed use podiums
  • Overall heights ranging between 29 and 37 storeys
  • Podium heights ranging from 2, 5 and 6 storeys
  • A total of 2,456 residential units of mixed type and tenure
  • Commercial space as well as shared amenity space
  • Five levels of underground parking + a four-storey parking structure to be integrated with the residential units
  • Pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighbourhood and Burlington GO Station
Status:
  • Site Plan Application is under review.

My comments: Read my Ward 2 Post and visit CLV Group Developments - 2243, 2269 Fairview Street and 864 Drury Lane to learn more about this project.
Planning + Development - Applications Appealed
The following Planning Applications have been appealed:
Ward 2 Current Projects
To find out more about Planning applications and development projects underway in Ward 2, visit Ward 2 Current Projects. Project pages include details, timelines and contact information.

Questions about a current construction project underway? Visit Construction in Your Neighbourhood.
Community
Burlington Culture Days
This year's theme is Unexpected Intersections, encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning and expression. Everyone is invited to participate.
BurlingtonGreen - Local Stories, Local Solutions
All are welcome to join BurlingtonGreen on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. for Local Stories, Local Solutions, a webinar about climate change impacts and solutions.
Fire Prevention Week - Oct. 4 to 10
Did you know that cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires and unattended cooking is the cause of many fire injuries and deaths? Read more including a list of free, family-friendly activities happening during Fire Prevention Week.
Joseph Brant Museum - Public Art, Your Input Needed!
The City is commissioning an Ontario-based Indigenous artist to create a permanent public art piece for the outside of Joseph Brant Museum. An independent jury has selected two finalists to develop preliminary artwork concepts, and the city is now seeking your feedback.
Remembrance Day
I am saddened that the annual Remembrance Day Parade and ceremony is cancelled due to COVID-19. The city will instead be hosting a virtual Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, 2020. Everyone is welcome to join. In the meantime, I have reached out to our local Legion regarding an initiative to help with awareness and reminder how much our veterans mean to us. Stay tuned.
The Promenade of Pain - The REDress Project
The goal of the REDress Project is reconciliation and remembering; to commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This temporary public art installation can be viewed at Spencer Smith Park until Oct. 10.
Walk and Roll Challenge
With the impact of COVID 19, more residents are walking, biking and striving to find new forms of activity and recreation. With this in mind, the city is hosting the Walk and Roll challenge to promote and encourage residents to find ways to get active in and around their neighbourhood.
Community - Ongoing:
In & Around Town
Meal Bag Program
Honoured to present Wellington Square United Church volunteers with a certificate recognizing their ongoing effort and commitment to those less fortunate in our community by providing Take Home Meal Bags and the Back to School Meal Bag Program.
United Way
Kick-off celebration for the 2020-21 United Way Campaign to raise $10 million dollars for our community! Proud to raise the flag on behalf of the City and Council, building on the incredible United Way support for many community programs.

In Closing
Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. As you share in Thanksgiving, please keep in mind those in need in our community. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please reach out to me.
Now more than ever, it is more important to follow public health direction and take personal responsibility to protect yourself, loved ones and the community.

Keep well, stay calm, show kindness.


Lisa Kearns
Ward 2 Councillor
City of Burlington & Region of Halton
E-mail: Lisa.Kearns@burlington.ca

DIRECT CELL PHONE: 289-962-2679
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