Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
January 2020
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • North Aldershot Ward 1 Meeting
  • Snow Control 2020
  • Metrolinx Town Hall - coming to Burlington
  • Interim Control Bylaw and Official Plan
  • Ward 1 Development
  • Ward 1 Construction
  • News from City Hall
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Ward 1 Community Spotlight - Partnering Aldershot Seniors Committee
  • Ward 1 Business Spotlight - Fit For Life Physiotherapy 10th Anniversary!
  • Community Events, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement
  • Stay Connected
Dear friends and neighbours, Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of Ward 1 News!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season with their families. Yes, those are all of my children in the picture above, so as you can imagine, my holidays were busy but with lots of fun and relaxing moments as well.  

As we begin our second year as Councillors I must admit that I feel much more comfortable in the role. During the first few months of this job, there were many issues that were foreign to me. 

Having campaigned on a platform that was very Ward 1 centered, I was soon bombarded by the issues of the entire city of Burlington. Each Councillor is responsible for championing their respective wards, but we are all voting members of council and need to be familiar with the city in its entirety. 

The past few months have been very focused on the downtown with the Interim Control By-law and the “Taking a Closer Look” project reports coming to council and committee meetings. I am looking forward to their completion so that I may spend more time in Ward 1 and on issues that are of most importance to my constituents.  

I have several public meetings planned for the coming year and welcome you all to attend. Please ensure that you introduce yourself to me and my assistant Tara.  In addition, feel free to share my contact information and newsletter with any neighbours that are looking for Ward 1 information.

There is much information in this newsletter but if you feel that I have missed something or you would like an update on anything else in Ward 1, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at ward1@burlington.ca

What I've been up to this month:
  • Holiday time with my ever-growing family!!
  • Site Visit to Compassion Society
  • Aldershot BIA Budget and Board Meetings
  • Aldershot BIA Board Planning Meetings
  • Discussions with residents re Transit
  • Staff meetings to discuss Downtown Plans, Official Plan, Interim Control Bylaw, Pre-Application Meetings
  • Interview with YourTV to discuss the upcoming year
  • Site visit to PV Labs regarding Locheed Martin Funding Announcement
  • WSCA Spring planning meeting (delegate attended on my behalf)
  • Meetings with Developers regarding ongoing development projects
  • City Committee and Council meetings
  • Halton Region Council meeting
  • Neighbourhood Working Group Planning meeting
  • Pre-Application Meeting for 62-70 Plains Road East
  • One on One meetings with Mayor, several Directors & Staff
  • Council Workshop

If you would like to stay up to date on events both at City Hall and in and around Burlington, be sure to Like our Facebook Page , Follow on Twitter or Instagram .

As always, you can contact my office with Ward 1 related issues. We'd be happy to help.

Kelvin Galbraith
Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor
City Of Burlington

Assistant: Tara at ward1@burlington.ca
Ward 1 Next Ward Meeting
We are excited to announce our inaugural North Aldershot Ward Meeting, to be held at Woodview Learning Centre
69 Flatt Road
Burlington, ON
February 20th

This meeting will focus on recapping the Waterdown Road widening project, forestry concerns for residents in this neighbourhood, a general Ward 1 overview and a question and answer period.

If you have specific questions you would like to have answered, please email any content suggestions to ward1@burlington.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!
Snow Control 2020
The winter weather is finally upon us!

Each winter, the City of Burlington provides  snow removal services  throughout the city. Our fleet of snow clearing equipment and crews are ready to clear your roads and sidewalks as quickly and efficiently as possible. Every year, we maintain approximately 1,900 km of roads and 850 km of sidewalks. Please give our crews 24 hours after the storm has ended to make any snow clearing requests. City staff concentrate on the primary and secondary routes first.

Visit the  road plowing priority map  to see which roads are designated as primary, secondary and residential roads.

Remember,  on-street parking is suspended  during snowstorms and 24-hours after the snow event has been cancelled until the local roads are cleared. Visit our  street parking and snow clearing  page for more information.

For more information on City of Burlington's Winter control, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/snow-removal.asp

To contact the Roads, Parks and Forestry department, please email rpf@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166
Metrolinx Town Hall - coming to Burlington!
Please note that Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster and Senior Management team will be hosting a Metrolinx Town Hall in Burlington:

February 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Burlington GO Station
Main Station Building
2101 Fairview Street

Registration is required for inperson attendance, however, questions can be submitted in advance. Please visit https://t.co/T4HLgUpm9V

This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts on topics such as schedules, fares and parking.
Interim Control Bylaw and Official Plan updates
The study has been completed and the results were somewhat expected with regards to the downtown Major Transit Station Area (MTSA). The study identified that the downtown bus terminal is currently only a bus transfer station and should not be considered the same as a MTSA on a higher order transit line such as the MTSA at the Burlington GO station. 

Staff will put some policy language in our Official Plan to differentiate the two MTSA’s moving forward. Additional details regarding land use permissions surrounding the Burlington GO station are forthcoming. We are anticipating that the ICBL will be lifted after March 5th pending any appeals.

If you have any thoughts on this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at ward1@burlington.ca
Ward 1 Development
**Pre-Application meeting - 62-70 Plains Road East
Infinity Development Group hosted a public Pre-Application meeting on January 22, to share plans for a future development at 62-70 Plains Rd E.

This proposal would seek Official Plan Amendments and Rezoning to redevelop the existing low-rise residential properties with a 10-storey. mid-rise building with approximately 121 residential units.
Parking would include a one floor underground garage.

As this development is in pre-application stage, questions should be directed towards the developer's planning consultant:
Joe Buordolone, Bousfields Inc.
92 Plains Road East
Chelten Developments Inc.

Applicant's Representative:
David McKay, MHBC Planning Ltd.
Phone: 905-761-5588

Original Proposed Development
Official Plan and Zoning amendment applications to permit a six storey, 49 unit apartment building with ground floor office/commercial uses.

Planner on File
Melissa Morgan
Email: melissa.morgan@burlington.ca
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7788

On December 31 st, the LPAT released its decision regarding the settlement hearing that was held for 92 Plains Road East. You will recall that Council approved a settlement of this appeal for non-decision of applications that proposed a seven storey (including mechanical penthouse) mixed use building containing 49 residential units and office uses at grade.
The Tribunal heard evidence in support of this settlement and participant statements in opposition, and concluded that the proposed amendments to facilitate the development were appropriate.

Written LPAT Decision can be found here: https://bit.ly/31aownh

For more information on this development, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/92-Plains-Road-East.asp
484 - 490 Plains Road East
National Homes (Plains Road) LP

Applicant's Representative:
Mark Bradley, Glen Schnarr & Associates Inc.
Phone: 905-568-8888

Original Proposed Development
Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to permit two nine-storey condominium apartment buildings with commercial uses on the ground floor and 283 residential units above, and 117 condominium stacked back to back townhouse units.

Planner on File
Melissa Morgan
Email: melissa.morgan@burlington.ca
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7788

You may recall that Council approved a settlement of National Homes’ appeal for non-decision of applications for amendments to permit the development of two eight storey (plus one storey mechanical) mixed use buildings (ground floor commercial, residential above) and 110 stacked townhouse units for 484 Plains Road. 

Last week, a settlement hearing was held where LPAT heard planning evidence and legal submissions in support of the proposed amendments, as well as statements in opposition from two participants.

At the conclusion of the hearing of evidence, statements and argument, the Tribunal adjourned briefly to consider what it had heard.  The Tribunal returned and concluded that it was prepared to give an oral decision and order, with written reasons to follow. The Tribunal approved the settlement and concluded that the proposed amendments to facilitate the development were appropriate and represented good planning.
My office will share details of the written decision, once received.

For more information on this proposed development, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/national-homes---484-490-plains-road-east.asp
1600 Kerns Road - Working Group Formed
Fieldgate Retirement Living hosted a public pre-application meeting on November 26 to share their plans to propose an amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw for the property at the above-noted address. The Proposal includes a 5 storey retirement home with ground floor retail.

Due in large part to community feedback at and following the meeting, a small working group has been formed which includes the developer, their consultant, City of Burlington Staff, Councillor and residents.

I will provide updates throughout this process and welcome the opportunity to work with residents and developers.
To view all Ward One development projects, please visit here
Ward 1 Construction
Construction in Your Neighbourhood
We have launched a webpage which includes construction projects by both Halton Region and City of Burlington staff, frequently asked construction related questions, and a Permit Applications Online Map.

Also included are links to all current development and construction projects across the city, as well as a map of city projects in the 2019 Capital Budget.

For more information, please visit:
Aldershot Pool Repairs
Aldershot Pool will be temporarily closed from late June 2020 to early February 2021 for planned general repairs and maintenance to the facility. During this time, the pool area, including the community room will be closed to the public. Where possible, pool programs have been shifted to other pool locations to help accommodate participation levels across the City.

Information and updates will be posted online at burlington.ca/aldershotpoolrepairs.

Area residents wanting to swim can use their passes and memberships at any City facility, including:
  • Tansley Woods Pool
  • Angela Coughlan Pool
  • Centennial Pool
  • Nelson Pool and Splash Park
  • Mountainside Pool and Splash Park

For information on swimming in City facilities, visit burlington.ca/swimming.
Grindstone Creek Erosion Control Class Environmental Assessment - Unsworth Avenue to Sumach Drive
Grindstone Creek Erosion Control Class Environmental Assessment - Waterdown Road to Hidden Valley Park
Basement Flooding Mitigation Project - Halton Region
News From City Hall
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the new Francis Road bike path receive snow removal?

The Centennial Bikeway, Beachway, Francis Road Pathway and North Hydro Corridor are cleared at the same time as primary sidewalks. Secondary and local sidewalks are cleared after primary sidewalks. For more information please visit burlington.ca/snow

I'm seeing a lot of coyotes in my neighbourhood lately - how can I keep my family and pets safe?

January and February are mating season months, as as such, you will likely notice coyote activity more during this time. Residents are encouraged to not let dogs offleash, and to keep your cats indoors. The City of Burlington has compiled some great resources for living alongside coyotes - for more information please visit burlington.ca/coyotes

I'm concerned about the coronavirus coming to Burlington - where can I get more information on this?

There has been a great deal of information (and misinformation) released about this virus and so I want to point you in the best direction. As per our Commissioner and Medical Offer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani - Halton Region Public Health is working with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, neighbouring public health units and other local health providers to monitor the situation and take actions as appropriate.

The Ministry has a dedicated webpage on this virus and you can find answers to most of your questions here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

Thank you for your continued questions - please forward any future inquiries to ward1@burlington.ca
Ward 1 Community Spotlight - Partnering Aldershot Seniors Committee
The Partnering Aldershot Seniors Committee (PASC) has been formed to help address the lack of programs, activities and facilities available for Seniors in Aldershot, with a mandate “ to interact with seniors and others, to ascertain methods of keeping Aldershot Seniors involved, active and informed.” This deficiency has been a bone of contention with area seniors, since statistics show that Burlington has a higher proportion of seniors compared to the provincial average, and that the majority of Burlington Seniors reside in Aldershot.  
The Committee developed and distributed a Seniors’ Survey, to determine the types of programs and activities Seniors would like to have available and has been gathering contact information so a database can be formed to keep them updated. To date, a list of Senior Discounts, as well as a list of current activities and programs for seniors in Aldershot have been compiled and distributed. Two Information Socials have been held, providing entertainment and refreshments, while showcasing community resources.
The Committee organized a Bus Riding Information Session by Burlington Transit on January 20th at St. Matthew’s Church where they offered free 65+ PRESTO Cards and maps for the new #4 route through the Aldershot community. Refreshments were supplied by St. Matthew’s Outreach Committee, followed by a Bus Tour of the new route.
One major obstacle the Committee has identified, is room availability at low or no cost (both large and small), to hold some of these programs. If you know of any suitable meeting spaces for this group, please reach out to them at the contact information below.
For more information on how to participate in this seniors programming, or how to volunteer, please contact partneringaldershot@gmail.com or the PASC Chair, Sarah Edgar at 905-333-9995 ext.1702.
Ward 1 Business Spotlight - Fit For Life Physiotherapy 10th Anniversary!
On behalf of Ward 1 businesses and residents, I would like to congratulate Miriam Mulkewich and Lesley Hughes of Fit For Life Physiotherapy on their 10 year business anniversary!

Miriam and Lesley came together in 2009 to open Fit for Life Physiotherapy in the Aldershot Community. Each with a diverse background within the physiotherapy field, the team was able to provide a wide range of physiotherapy services, including homecare physiotherapy. 

Their goal was to provide people with the skills and knowledge to improve their physical abilities to allow them to get the most out of life - to Move Well, Live Well and Be Well. This is achieved through the highest quality one on one physiotherapy treatment sessions, educational workshops as well as Pilates and Yoga classes. 

In the beginning, Miriam and Lesley did everything from providing care, answering the phones, billing and cleaning the clinic. Over the years the clinic has grown to a team of 8 experienced Physiotherapists, 2 Registered Massage therapists, an Osteopath, a Registered Kinesiologist, Personal trainer and 2 Patient Experience Coordinators. 

Their priority is your health, so from the time you walk in the door to the end of your plan of care their team will take care of you.  Their experienced multi-disciplinary team is the main reason why each year the clinic has won the Burlington Post Readers Choice awards for the Best Physiotherapy Clinic. We look forward to working alongside you!

For more information please visit https://www.fitforlifephysio.ca/ or contact fitforlifephysio@gmail.com
Ward 1 Community News & Events
Residents are invited to learn more about the events and issues that have shaped Burlington and Canada by attending the informative sessions planned throughout the month.
Topics and events will include Black history, First Nations, Freeman Station, Burlington architecture, discussions, meetings, preservations, stories and more.
The full calendar listings are at burlington.ca/burlheritage , bpl.on.ca and burlington.ca/calendar .
A kick-off event is planned for Saturday, Feb. 1 which will feature highlights of the 175-year history of Knox Presbyterian Church. Seating for this event is limited so please RSVP to arabellagore@gmail.com

Event Date:    Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
Time :              10:30 a.m.
Location:        Knox Presbyterian Church, 461 Elizabeth St.
Join me at All Around the Table February 12, 2020!
I'm pleased to be a volunteer server @foodforlife's Burlington neighbourhood dinner - celebrating 'foodhero' impact.
A night of food, friendship & fundraising. Limited tickets http://ow.ly/owl750xQug1
Winter Play at Tyandaga
Bundle up and enjoy our Canadian winter with a variety of activities for the whole family, including winter hikes, outdoor games, frisbee golf and the imagination playground.

Then head inside and cozy up with warm drinks, food, crafts and indoor activities. $3/person, children under one are free.

To register, please visit https://bit.ly/38HHDHP
Upcoming dates for Lions Club Garage Sales are:
November 23, December 14, January 18 and February 22
Ward 1 Community Links
Local Boards & Community Involvement
In addition to serving as Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor, I have the opportunity to sit on a few other local boards and committees:
Royal Botanical Gardens Board
As a member of the Board of Directors for Ward 1's own Royal Botanical Gardens, I meet with a team of dedicated individuals, aimed at serving Burlington and beyond.
We meet roughly every 3 months, with the Annual General Meeting occurring in June.
For more information on the Royal Botanical Gardens, please visit www.rbg.ca
Tourism Burlington Board
Tourism Burlington is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent various sectors of the Tourism, Industry and Business sectors in the City of Burlington. The Board meets September to November and February to May on the 3rd Thursday of the month, with the Annual General Meeting held in May of each year.
For more information on Tourism Burlington, please visit www.tourismburlington.com
Aldershot Village BIA (Business Improvement Area)
The Aldershot Village BIA identifies Aldershot as a distinct community for shopping, dining and for doing business. The BIA contributes to a variety of initiatives including the completion of a full interchange at Waterdown Road and revitalization and development along the Plains Road corridor.
The BIA partners with several other Aldershot groups including the Aldershot Community Honour Roll, Plains Road Village Vision Group, Partnering Aldershot, Alderfest Community Festival and others to build support for approximately 250 retailers and service professionals.
For more information on Aldershot Village BIA, please visit www.aldershotbia.com
Stay Connected
I have committed to sharing frequent updates via social media channels. I would love to connect with you there to be able to share day to day information. If there are specific items you would like me to address, send me a note!
You can find me at the links below. If you would like to pick up a paper copy of this newsletter, copies are available at The Fitness Firm, 15 Plains Rd. West, or Aldershot BIA office 193 Plains Rd E Unit 6. We can also mail a copy to you - to request please call my office at 905-335-7600 x7863 or email ward1@burlington.ca
Let's Keep In Touch
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City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Ward 1 Councillor
905-335-7600 x7587
fax: 905-335-7881