Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
February 2019
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • Ward 1's Inaugural Neighbourhood Meeting - Feedback
  • Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force - Update
  • City of Burlington Budget
  • Retail Cannabis Application in Burlington
  • Winter Control Update
  • Ward 1 Development
  • Ward 1 Construction
  • News from City Hall
  • Community Events, News & Links
  • Get Involved
  • Stay Connected
Dear friends and neighbours, welcome to the February edition of Ward 1 News!

Thank you to all of those who braved the wintery conditions to attend our first Ward 1 meeting of this term on February 13. We covered many topics including development projects, quarry issues, future road works and the upcoming 2019 budget.

Some have asked why I have not covered all the development applications currently underway in Ward 1 - this ward is one of the busiest in terms of current projects as we have some prime available land as well as many properties in need of redevelopment.

Because of the sheer number of applications, it is near impossible to provide updates on all in one sitting. Therefore, I will absolutely communicate to you when there is news to share, or updates on the status of these developments. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to review all relevant documentation for ongoing developments in Ward 1 HERE. If you have further questions, I am happy to get back to you - please email me at ward1@burlington.ca

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's Inaugural Neighbourhood Meeting - Feedback
Our first ever Ward meeting of this term was held February 13 at NUVO Network. This event was very well attended, despite some less-than-ideal weather conditions.

At the meeting I shared as much information as time allowed on the following topics
4 areas of Ward 1: North Aldershot, South Aldershot, Tyandaga and Maple, including ongoing and planned development projects and other related news.

My colleague Lori Jivan shared a helpful presentation on the proposed 2019 budget, and answered many audience questions.

I was able to share my 4-year outlook & goals for this term which include
  • Completion of the Official Plan
  • Completion of the Aldershot Mobility Hub Plan
  • Increased Ward 1 employment opportunities
  • "Smart intensification"
  • South Service Rd improvements
  • Smart/Synchronized traffic signals
  • Possibility of addition of a Ward 1 seniors activity centre

I was very encouraged by how engaged the attendees were, and their thoughtful questions provided great insight into the feelings of the community. I am looking forward to more opportunities such as this one to connect with those in my ward and to provide updates on any ongoing/upcoming issues. The feedback received has been very positive, and included requests for more information on other ward developments as well as requests to consider other locations for this meeting in the future - both of which I intend to do.

For those that were unable to attend in person, you can view the Facebook live recording of the event on my Facebook page HERE and HERE

If you would like a copy of my presentation slide deck, or of the presentation given by Finance, please contact my office ward1@burlington.ca
Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force
As you may remember, on January 30, 2019 Mayor Meed Ward announced the launch of the Red Tape, Red Carpet Task Force. The goal of this initiative is to reduce "red tape" barriers and bureaucratic delays to doing business in Burlington.

I, as well as Mayor's office staff, have had many people reach out to participate in this - from business owners to developers to residents, which shows there is a great hunger for change, and an active and willing group to take on the challenge of identifying the issues and devising solutions that will work.

Staff have been hard at work collecting contacts and preparing for the initial kick off meeting, which will be open to the public. Be sure to follow my social media channels as I will be posting information on how you can participate very soon.
2019 City Of Burlington Budget
Council has been working very hard to reduce the proposed 3.99% increase to the city portion of the budget. 

After much discussion and deliberation, we have opted to cut some projects that we deemed could be completed in future years. 

At the moment we are working on the Operating budget with planned additions to service levels including seniors programming, Joseph Brant Museum staff, and experimenting with some free Transit times to help increase the usage levels of our service. 

The overall budget should be approved by early March. I will be happy to discuss the impact of the new budget with any residents who would like more information.
Retail Cannabis in Burlington
As you may have heard, an application for a retail cannabis store in Burlington has been received by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The proposed address is 103-4031 Fairview Street (Ward 4)

If you would like to submit comments on this application, you can do so by March 6 by visiting www.agco.ca/iAGCO. Those eligible to submit comments must be:
  • a resident of the municipality in which the proposed store is located or/
  • the municipality representing the area in which the proposed store is located and/or its upper tier municipality

Please note that comments should relate to one of the following matters:
  • protecting public health and safety
  • protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis
  • preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis

The AGCO will take all comments into consideration when deciding whether to approve an application.

I will continue to share updates on this important issue as they arise - be sure to follow on social media for the most current information.
Winter Control 2019
This winter has been particularly difficult in terms of fluctuating temperatures and weather systems. The resulting ice and frozen snow banks have been an immense challenge to residents and staff.

An added issue this year is the depletion of salt stores in municipalities across the GTA. As a result of these critically low levels, salt will only be used for primary roads, and only when absolutely necessary. For now, sanding will be used for secondary roads and city facilities until salt is once again available.

We can certainly appreciate the frustration felt by many this season as we try to navigate our way to and from our homes and businesses safely. I have received many calls and emails about this topic, and have referred many residents to the windrow program for next year. I thank you for your patience as you allow staff to attend to these multiple snow events this season, and join you in eagerly waiting for warmer weather!

As always, for more information on winter control including What's Been Plowed, please visit burlington.ca/snow

Please be advised that on-street parking is suspended during a "snow event" until the local roads are cleared. Any parking exemptions are immediately invalid and any vehicle left parked on the street will receive a parking ticket. Visit our  street parking and snow clearing  page for more information.
Ward 1 Development
1085 Clearview , 1082, 1086 and 1090 St. Matthews Ave.
An application has been submitted to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the above-noted properties.

The Applicant, MHBC Planning Ltd., on behalf of LIV Communities has applied for a 6-storey, 160 unit residential apartment building, with 203 parking spaces.

Two vehicle entrances are proposed for the site, located on the east and west sides of the proposed residential building.

For more information on this development, please visit here

For any questions regarding this application, please contact Lauren Vraets 905-335-7600 x 7536 lauren.vraets@burlington.ca
1511 Old Plains Rd West Inc. - 1497, 1499, 1505, 1511 Old Plains Rd West
The applicant, 1511 Old Plains Road West Inc., has proposed a development including five self-storage buildings and an office building 1-2 storeys in height.

The subject site is located on the north side of Old Plains Road West in the Bridgeview Community of North Aldershot, between Highway 6 and Plains Road West.

The site is currently vacant, but was formerly developed with three single-detached
houses, which have since been demolished. Access to the site is currently provided via
Old Plains Road West. 

The applicant is seeking a site-specific amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw.

A Statutory Public Meeting was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 - all further recommendations and reports are to be scheduled.

For more information on this development, please visit here

For any questions regarding this application, please contact Rebecca Lau 905-335-7600 x 7860 rebecca.lau@burlington.ca
101 Masonry Court
This development, currently under construction by Adi Development Group received a Site Plan Approval for 140 stacked townhomes, 58 back to back townhomes, 35 regular townhomes, 16 rear lane townhomes, and 172 apartment units.

Also included in this development are apartment units located in two 6-storey buildings.

Underground parking is to be provided for stacked townhomes and apartment buildings.

In addition, a new neighbourhood park would be created and dedicated to the city.

The Planning and Development Committee have voted in support of this application.

For more information on this development, please visit here

For any questions regarding this application, please contact my office at ward1@burlington.ca
Ward 1 Construction
Beaufort Drive Area
Halton Region has mailed a NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION UPDATE to Beaufort Drive residents, informing them of ongoing construction works for the Beaufort Pumping Station and Reservoir Expansion.

While this project was expected to have been complete in 2018, unforeseen challenges have presented a delay. These challenges have now been resolved and the contractor is in the process of commissioning the new pumping station and reservoir, with an anticipated completion in the spring of 2019.

Once the commissioning is complete, the existing pumping station and reservoir will be demolished, followed by a final restoration of the site. This work is expected to be complete by the summer of 2019.

If you have any questions or require further information on this project, you can dial 311 or contact David Olsen, Senior Project Advisor at 905-825-6000 x7433 or david.olsen@halton.ca

Maple Avenue Area Minor Reconstruction
City of Burlington has mailed a PROJECT UPDATE to Maple Avenue residents, informing them of continuing watermain work on Maple Avenue.
The tentative construction timeline is from February 2019 to September 2019 (weather permitting). Area residents may experience disruption in access, parking, water services, and mail. More information on the project and the possible impacts to residents can be found here

For day to day construction inquiries regarding road, curb, storm sewer and other general inquiries, please contact Ryan Stoneman, Contract Administrator 905-335-7600 x7818 ryan.stoneman@burlington.ca.

For day to day construction inquiries regarding watermain and water service replacement, please contact Bilal Sherazi, Project Manager 905-825-6000 x7931 bilal.sherazi@halton.ca
Ester Drive Area Minor Reconstruction
City of Burlington and Halton Region are together making improvements to Ester Drive, Janina Boulevard and Humphrey's Crescent.

The proposed construction will include:

Ester Drive
  • New watermain and water services
  • New wastewater main and services
  • Full depth asphalt roadway replacement
  • Curb and gutter replacement
  • Spot sidewalk replacement
Janina Boulevard
  • New watermain and water services
  • New wastewater main and services
  • Full depth asphalt roadway replacement
  • Curb and gutter replacement
  • Spot sidewalk replacement
  • Tree removal
Humphrey's Crescent
  • New watermain and water services
  • New wastewater main and services
  • Full depth asphalt roadway replacement
  • Curb and gutter replacement

This is anticipated to be a two-year project, completed in 2020. Once a contractor has been selected, an updated schedule will be provided.

More information about this project can be found here

For day to day construction inquiries regarding road construction, please contact Rob Stuart, Project Manager 905-335-7600 x7519 robert.stuart@burlington.ca

For day to day construction inquiries regarding watermain and wastewater service please contact Tomas Ycas, Project Manager 905-825-6000 x3168 tomas.ycas@halton.ca
Ward 1 Business News
Fantastic News for Ward 1 residents - Home Hardware is here to stay!
We have been in contact with the Aldershot Home Hardware owners and have learned that the store will be moving from its current location at 484 Plains Rd, and moving down the street to 29 Plains Road W.
We are thrilled to announce this great news and look forward to the store's grand re-opening in summer of 2019. Expected soft opening of the new location is mid-April.
Be sure to stop by to congratulate this much-loved Aldershot business on their move.
News From City Hall
  • Burlington's Best Awards Nominations Deadline extended to Mar 7 more info
  • Registration for Spring and Summer 2019 Recreation programs for Adults 19+ and 55+ now open more info
  • Roseland Private Tree Bylaw Private Program - to begin Mar 1 more info
  • Skate Lending Program Expanded to Appleby Ice Centre more info
Ward 1 Community News & Events
Aldershot BIA Annual General Meeting
Please attend on March 7, 2019 7:00am - 9:00am LaSalle Park Retirement Community 18 Plains Rd. W.

Julie Cole of Mabels Labels (and Aldershot High School Valedictorian 1990) will share her story of bringing her company to a worldwide market, and on to winning countless entrepreneur awards.
Free breakfast included - Please RSVP to info@aldershotbia.com
Aldershot Community Honour Roll
Celebrating over 10 years of outstanding citizens of Aldershot!
Nominations now open, deadline March 29, 2019. For more information and to nominate someone today, please visit achr.ca

Aldershot Community Business Award
The Aldershot BIA is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the Aldershot Community Business Award to recognize a business that has supported and fostered community engagement in the Aldershot community.
If you know of a business that fits this description, please contact judy@aldershotbia.com for more information. Nomination deadline for this award is April 30, 2019.

Celebration date May 29, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00pm at LaSalle Park Pavillion
Next Door Social Space March Calendar Now Available
Please see all the great events going on at this fantastic organization. For more info, see here
Aldershot Lions Club Garage Sale
St. Matthew's on the Plains Concert
St. Matthews Anglican Church Seniors' Tea & Housing Presentation
Are you a senior and want to stay in your own home longer? if so, you are invited to this special presentation, designed to give you information you might not be aware is available.

Where: St. Matthew's Anglican Church 126 Plains Rd. E
When: March 26 1:30-3:00 (in the back Parish Hall)

This afternoon is being organized by the Outreach Committee of St. Matthew's Church, and the Burlington Age Friendly Council, with the financial sponsorship by the Burlington Seniors Community Inc. (BSCI)

As well as enjoying tea and goodies, there will be three presentations highlighting:
  • Housing Initiatives & Updates - Region of Halton
  • Accommodating Your Home as Your Needs Change - Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp.
  • The Halton HomeShare Program - BAFC Housing Committee

All are welcome!
Ward 1 Community Links
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  • Multi-Year Accessibility Plan
  • Civic Square Renewal
  • Mid-Rise Buildings
  • Better Transit
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City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Ward 1 Councillor
905-335-7600 x7587
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