Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
September 2019
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • Ward 1's Drop In Meeting - FOLLOW UP
  • Burlington Transit Ward 1 Route changes
  • Red Tape Red Carpet Recommendations
  • City View Pavilion Public Art Jury Recruitment
  • Federal Election Candidates
  • Panhandling in Burlington
  • Private Tree Bylaw Survey Updates
  • Retail Cannabis in Burlington
  • Naturalized Lawns Bylaw
  • Rainbow Crosswalk in Burlington
  • 2020 Budget
  • La Salle Park Marina Update
  • 2019-2020 Windrow Clearing Program Registration
  • Ward 1 Development
  • Ward 1 Construction
  • News from City Hall
  • Community Events, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement
  • Stay Connected
Dear friends and neighbours, welcome to the September edition of Ward 1 News!

Where did that summer go??

September is always a very emotional month. The summer that we all cherish so much here in Canada has come to an end and the school year has once again started. 

This is my first summer where I have had a job where there was a big change in September. City and Regional Committee and Council meetings have now resumed and as a Councillor, our schedules have never been quite so busy. As a reminder, emails requiring quick response turnaround should be copied to ward1@burlington.ca.

As always there is much happening in Ward 1. Look forward to my ward meeting and open house events this fall and please connect with me on social media for any news and on-going updates that are happening in our community. Of note, our family is expecting another baby in early October and so may be off for a week or so.  

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:
  • Aldershot BIA Task Force Meetings
  • Pre-Application meeting by Infinity Developments regarding 40,46,50 Plains Rd East regarding a 10 story building.
  • Committee and Council Meetings - fall session startup
  • Halton Region Council meeting
  • Aldershot BIA meeting
  • Rolling horse 20Km bike ride "Tour D'Aldershot"
  • Alderfest
  • Public engagement- Food for Feedback event
  • Woodview AGM
  • BIA Social Media Event featuring Julie Cole
  • Burlington Tourism Board Meeting
  • Burlington Volunteer FireFighters Appreciation Dinner
  • La Salle Park Tree Climbing Competition
  • YourTV Season Launch
  • IKEA Tour
  • Ward 1 Drop-In meeting
  • Ride to Provide Fundraiser
  • Meetings with residents to discuss ward concerns

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 Drop In - FOLLOW UP
A thank you to all those who were able to join me at my drop-in session on September 25 at Tim Horton's.

I was able to meet with about a dozen residents to discuss various ward and city concerns ranging in topic from:
  • Transit route changes
  • Plains Road Development
  • Traffic Lights
  • Ester Road Minor Reconstruction Project
  • Community Events
  • Road Safety

As promised, all concerns brought forward will be addressed via return email and/or as updates in this newsletter or on social media. If you were unable to attend but have questions that you would like answered, please do not hesitate to contact my office at ward1@burlington.ca

My office is working on planning a Ward Meeting for sometime this fall - updates will be posted shortly.
Burlington Transit Route Changes
Burlington Transit responded to residents from LaSalle Towers, Royal Botanical Gardens area and BFAST (Burlington For Accessible and Sustainable Transit) for a transit route that would service these areas and provide opportunities for people residing in the west end of Burlington to access the City using transit.

As a result, a new Route 4 was created that combined the former Route 300 and Route 5 and extended the route to include various apartment buildings in the west end.

Staff considered several options for routing the bus including Fairwood/Northshore, Plains/Daryl/Northshore and running a bus through LaSalle Park Towers (as the Route 300 did). The Fairwood Place/Northshore Rd. loop was the best for timing and being able to accommodate both 30 and 40-foot vehicles.

Staff discussed where stops should go and attempted to keep stops approximately 400 meters apart. The Aldershot High School stop was in front of the school close to a pedestrian walk-way. Transit staff reviewed bus stop locations with the owners of LaSalle Park Towers because of the high number of customers in the building. Due to the terrain, a bus stop could not be located near their building. Bus stops were moved, as a pair, onto LaSalle Park Rd north of Northshore Blvd.

Route 4 Highlights
  • Provides service to Aldershot GO, Aldershot High School, Joseph Brant Hospital, Downtown, Burlington Seniors' Centre, Burlington Centre (Mall) and Appleby GO
  • Services Ward 1, 2, 4 and 5
  • Main community route for the southwest, central and southeast of Burlington
  • Supports connections for Hamilton customers traveling to and from Aldershot GO station and Waterdown
  • Increased frequency along the route
  • Services Aldershot Highschool (supports Mayor’s Strategy for Students using Transit)
  • Route 4 maintains former route 5 and 300 service areas
  • Fairwood Place and Northshore Boulevard to ‘turn around’ as this route uses a large 40 foot bus, it can not turn around in LaSalle Towers (which would then not service the Royal Gardens complex).

Route 4 travels to the Aldershot GO station, makes connections with HSR Route 18 to Waterdown at the Waterdown Rd. and Plains Rd. intersection (north-east corner). Route 1 no longer deviates to the Aldershot GO. Customers traveling between Hamilton and Waterdown would need to transfer at Waterdown Rd and Plains Rd.

Customers can also use Google Maps to plan their transit trips.

For more information on city-wide transit changes, please visit https://www.burlingtontransit.ca/en/news-and-alerts/route-changes.aspx

For Burlington Transit inquiries, please contact contactbt@burlington.ca
Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force Update
On September 23, City Council unanimously approved a set of 22 recommendations brought forth as a result of the Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force initiative announced at Mayor Meed Ward's State of the City Address on January 30th of this year.

Through many task force meetings with business owners and developers across the city, online surveys, in person meetings, town halls and emails, input was collected and compiled, resulting in the following recommendations. It is our hope that these 22 recommendations will make it easier to do business in Burlington.

The Recommendations:

Cutting Red Tape:

1. Establish a position at City Hall to act as our Chief of Business Development, serving as a primary outreach for attracting new businesses to Burlington, overseeing and expediting applications through the system and reporting progress and obstacles regularly to City Council and the City Manager via a monthly dashboard.

2. Develop and implement targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including timelines for processing business applications, for all staff in planning, building & development teams.

3. Streamline and optimize the zoning, site grading and Committee of Adjustment processes for faster execution and resolution, considering recommendations from industry professionals.

4. Optimize the City of Burlington website with relevant, informative and easy-to-find content that is search-optimized and externally marketed in order to support businesses through their journey with us

5. Implement improved customer service technology including a self-serve online portal for applicants including the ability to submit and check on the status of their applications.

6. Explore additional paid “Fast Track” options for rush projects and business applications in areas in addition to the existing fast track for building permits, while also ensuring the delivery date results in a firm decision.

7. Foster a strong and meaningful culture of high performance and employee recognition

8. Review the agribusiness rules, zoning, and definitions to encourage diversified use and help support economic sustainability for our rural/farming businesses.

9. Establish a rural-point-of-contact person who can navigate agriculture requests (business or otherwise) with other agencies.

10. Target completion of all minor site plan reviews and zoning clearances within 30 days.

11. Implement an acceptable Standard Deviation for development related plans and drawings that better accounts for the use of imperial measurements (e.g. 0.00m or 3/16″).

Rolling out the Red Carpet:

12. Develop a clear vision and associated branding strategy at the City of Burlington with respect to business attraction and development.

13. Mayor and leadership team act as Chief Salespeople, actively seeking out opportunities to bring new business to Burlington.

14. Make business attraction/retention a standing item for discussion at all Planning & Development Committee meetings.

15. Launch monthly Subject Matter Expert (SME) drop-in sessions where businesses can come ask questions and get advice and guidance from experts from the City of Burlington and partner organizations.

16. Create an “Open for Business” customer service window, ideally on the first floor of City Hall, co-locating key staff from different business-related departments for easy public access and on-the-spot collaboration & problem solving.

17. Review the efficiency, effectiveness and optimal structure of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation and TechPlace, as well as the opportunity for a Municipal Development Corporation, in achieving the city’s business attraction and retention goals.

18. City Manager to review and implement changes to the City’s organizational structure and business processes to give priority strategic focus to enhanced economic and business development working closely with the BEDC.

19. Explore opportunities to use city parking supply as a leverage for business attraction and address existing downtown parking challenges.

20. Consider the establishment of a venture capital fund to support business attraction (use Innisfil Accelerates as an example/model – innisfilaccelerates.ca).

21. Increase municipal advocacy by the Mayor and senior leaders at the City of Burlington with other levels of government and partner agencies to speed up their approvals as part of the overall development process.

22. Develop a Brownfield Community Improvement Plan for the City of Burlington with said plan to include redevelopment goals, specific targets, actions, and an implementation and monitoring strategy.

To see the formal report from the September 23rd city council meeting, please visit page 16 of the following Agenda package: Agenda Package – Regular Meeting of Council_Sep23_2019.
City View Park Pavilion Public Art - Jury Recruitment
The City of Burlington is planning an outdoor public artwork to complement the new pavilion being constructed at City View Park. The artwork will be located in a large naturalized area in front of the pavilion. This area serves as an entrance point to the pavilion, linking together pathways from the (future) parking to the front entrance and a central roadway. This location will also allow for excellent views of the artwork from inside the pavilion’s main lobby as there are large glass walls looking out onto this area.

The budget for this commission is $120,000.

The public art program is currently assembling a jury to assist with artist selection. This includes the following commitments:

Jury Roles & Responsibilities
Review Expressions of Interest (EOI) packages from artists and select 3 artists for the short-list. The short-listed artists will develop Detailed Design proposals.
Review Detailed Design proposals and public feedback in order to select winning proposal.

Time Commitment
Jury sessions: 2 meetings to select successful artist (approximately 2-3 hours per meeting)
Review artist submissions: review artist submissions using an online review system (approximately 10 hours, can be done from home)

Project Timeline (Tentative)
Jury Meeting #1: Review EOI submissions - Late October 2019
Short-listed Detailed Design proposals due - Early January 2020
Public consultation - January 20 – 31 2020
Jury Meeting #2: Select winning design - Mid-February 2020
Artwork installation and unveiling - Fall 2020

As this is a ward 1 project, we would like to include a ward 1 community member on this jury - if you would like to be considered for this position, please contact our office at ward1@burlington.ca
Federal Election
With the next Federal Election quickly approaching on October 21, candidates for the 3 ridings in Burlington will be out campaigning in our neighbourhoods, and making appearances at city-run events. Federal election rules do allow candidates to attend and “campaign” (handout literature, greet residents, etc.) at city-run events.

Below is a current list of candidates:

  • Jane Michael – Conservative
  • Gareth Williams - Green
  • Karina Gould – Liberal
  • Lenaee Dupuis – NDP
  • Peter Smetana – People’s Party of Canada
Oakville North-Burlington
  • Sean Weir – Conservative
  • Pam Damoff – Liberal
  • Gilbert J. Jubinville – People’s Party of Canada
  • Lisa Raitt – Conservative
  • Eleanor Hayward – Green
  • Adam van Koeverden – Liberal
  • Percy Dastur – People’s Party of Canada
Panhandling in Burlington
Contrary to speculation online, the City of Burlington is not pursing a by-law related to ticketing drivers giving to panhandlers on Burlington streets.

On September 10, 2019, a staff report on panhandling went to the Planning &
Development Committee for discussion. There is no City staff direction related to targeting and ticketing drivers donating money to panhandlers. There was an amended motion put forward at that meeting that was not approved by Burlington City Council; that motion was to report back to the Planning and Development Committee by the end of 2019 on the possibility of a by-law that would target drivers donating money to panhandlers at City intersections.

The actions that were approved by Burlington City Council include:
• The City of Burlington will continue to work with the Halton Poverty Roundtable (which is part of United Way) as part of their broader communication to residents about poverty.
• Update the City’s website to provide information on how residents can assist those in need, including donating money.
• The City will share ways to help via social media and the City Talk newsletter.
• The City will prepare communication material for ward-specific newsletters with information for residents about this issue.
• The City will continue to work with the Halton Regional Police to monitor panhandling on the streets of Burlington.

Burlington City Council shared their concerns on the well-being of all who need help in Burlington, and was clear through its deliberations that the end goal is to get the most support to those who need it, and that donating to active local charitable organizations is important to ensuring the best results from the community.
Private Tree By-law Engagement & Survey
A thank you to all those who completed the Private Tree Bylaw survey, and public engagement opportunities. Input from residents is being reviewed and a report will go to Council in October. The results and the report will be shared on the
Private Tree Bylaw page once they are ready.

You can visit the project page at https://www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/privatetree

To learn more about the bylaw and current pilot project, please visit burlington.ca/privatetree
Retail Cannabis in Burlington
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has given notice that Burlington can expect two more potential cannabis retail stores. Locations of stores, if approved, would be at 1505 Guelph Line (Ward 4) and 1025 Plains Rd. E. (Ward 1).

Previously proposed stores have been more than the Provincially-mandated 150 metres away from a school or other locations of concern, including parks, pools, arenas, libraries or recreation centres. They have also been located along transit routes and near the QEW/Hwy. 403.

Of the two newly proposed locations, the one at 1025 Plains Rd. E. continues to meet the Province’s requirements and the city’s approved criteria. The other newly proposed location, however, does not. While the proposed address of 1505 Guelph Line is more than 150 metres from nearby M.M. Robinson High School, it does not meet the set of criteria for locations and other considerations regarding cannabis stores we approved at Burlington City Council.

I would be pleased to speak to residents further about any of this topic. Please contact me at ward1@burlington.ca.
Naturalized Lawns in Burlington
In 2018, in response to citizen and environmental expert input, the City of Burlington made required changes to its Lot Maintenance By-Law to allow for naturalized lawns. The updates ByLaw (available here) details the types of grass, weeds and plants that are permitted as per the province’s Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. W.5, as amended, on properties.

According to the By-Law, a naturalized area is defined as: “a yard or a portion of a yard containing vegetative growth that does not form part of a natural garden that has been deliberately implemented to produce ground cover, including one or more species of wildflowers, shrubs, perennials, grasses or combinations of them, whether native or non-native, consistent with a managed and natural landscape other than regularly mown grass.” In addition, the By-Law requires that all property  owners remove and destroy all noxious weeds from their property, including within naturalized areas, between May 1 and October 15 each calendar year.

My office has received dozens of complaints this year regarding the issue of tall grass and weeds as well as naturalization of properties. All complaints are investigated and treated the same under the provisions of our Lot Maintenance By-Law which allows the naturalization of properties. Staff give all property owners the right to clear and maintain their property to the provisions set out in the Lot Maintenance By-Law.

Enforcement only takes place after all avenues are exhausted by our Municipal By-Law Officers with the property owner whose property has not been brought into compliance with our ByLaw. When it comes to enforcing By-laws in the City of Burlington, City staff always try to work collaboratively with residents including educating them about our By-Law requirements.

We encourage residents to continue to do their part to help the climate anyway they can
including growing and maintaining naturalized lawns that fall within our Lot Maintenance Bylaw. Should you wish to discuss this issue further, please do not hesitate to contact me at ward1@burlington.ca
Rainbow Crosswalks Coming to Burlington
As part of working to be an inclusive and welcoming City, Burlington Council recognizes an opportunity with regards to inclusivity with the LGTBQ2IS+ community. This year the
City raised the Pride and proclaimed the month of June as Pride month. Burlington’s Inclusivity Advisory Committee, at their June 2019 meeting, supported working on Pride events for June 2020 with staff, advisory groups and citizens.

In addition, the a staff direction was approved at Council on September 23, directing the Director of Transportation Services to work with Council, staff and community to determine the most suitable location(s) to install rainbow crosswalks in the City of Burlington, and that the installation(s) be completed prior to Pride Month 2020.

I have been supportive of these crosswalks since they were first presented to us and I am working with the Ward 2 councillor Lisa Kearns and the Director of Transportation to find an appropriate location in Aldershot for the cities first installation.  
City of Burlington Budget Survey
Work has begun to prepare for Burlington’s 2020 budget. Through the budget process, choices are made to ensure the City services provided to residents align with the priorities in Burlington’s  2018-2022 strategic work plan, From Vision to Focus. 

In planning the 2020 budget, the City also wants to hear from residents to learn more about how municipal services are valued and which ones are a priority for residents.

 Proposed meeting dates for the 2020 budget include: 
Nov. 4, 2019
Meeting of Committee of the Whole: Budget overview report
Nov. 19, 2019
2020 Budget Telephone Town Hall
Dec. 10 and 12, 2019
Meeting of Committee of the Whole: Budget review and approval
Dec. 16, 2019
Meeting of Burlington City Council: City Council to consider approval of proposed 2020 budget

Follow  Getinvolvedburlington.ca  for updates and discussion about the 2020 budget.

For more information on the budget, visit  Burlington.ca/budget .  

If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to contact ward1@burlington.ca
La Salle Park Marina Wave Break Project Update
At Committee of the Whole meeting held September 8, Council voted to finalize the agreement with LaSalle Park Marina Association to continue operation of the LaSalle Park Marina.

The following motions were carried to the Sept. 23 Burlington Council meeting for final approval:

  • Direct the Director of Parks and Recreation to finalize a long-term licence agreement with the LaSalle Park Marina Association for the operation of the Marina at LaSalle Park substantially in accordance with confidential Appendix B based on Council’s approval of the purchase of a new floating wave break (capital works department report CW-31-19) and approval of a preferred operating model for the Marina at LaSalle Park (city manager’s office report CM-17-19); and
  • Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the licence agreement with the LaSalle Park Marina Association prepared to the satisfaction of the City Solicitor, Director of Parks and Recreation and Director of Finance for the operation of the Marina at LaSalle Park; and
  • Direct the Director of Finance to issue refunds from the City held LaSalle Park Marina reserve fund to charter members and undepreciated senior members on a pro-rata basis; and
  • Direct the Senior Manager of Government Relations and Strategic Communications to develop updated web/other communications outlining and highlighting key elements of the license agreement with the LaSalle Park Marina Association.

To view the full staff report and appendices, please click below:

The wave break has been ordered and we hope to see installation happening before the freezing happens this winter. The final piece of business was to renew the license agreement with an approved operator. The LPMA have been working hard for many years to maintain and operate the marina at La Salle park and they were the obvious choice to continue with that operation. They have the knowledge and expertise to run a marina and have a payment plan set up to repay approximately $2.7million of the wave break cost. We can now all look forward to a safe marina for many years to come with possibilities for additional programming that the community may enjoy. 

Windrow Clearing Program - 2019-2020
A windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of driveways by roadway plows. The City of Burlington offers a windrow clearing program for persons with disabilities - registration is now open, until November 8, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: This program is limited to the first 150 registrants.

How the program works:
Windrow clearing contractors are dispatched after the completion of all roadway plowing
Residents can expect windrows to be cleared within 40-hours after the snow stops and within 16-hours of the completion of all road plowing

Plowing services will run from Nov. 15, 2019 until March 31, 2020

**This service does not include windrows left by sidewalk plows

The program is open to residents living south of Dundas Street and within the Alton community only

What to bring with you when you register
Proof of disability must be shown, such as a Taxable Benefit Slip, Parking Placard or a doctor's note declaring the registrant unfit for windrow shoveling. A doctor's note is needed every three years. 
A non-refundable fee of $54.88 for the entire season must be paid in cash, by cheque, debt card, or major credit card when registering. This fee applies to each driveway entrance.

Where to Register:
Register in person at the Burlington Seniors Centre     
2285 New Street, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm

Ward 1 Development
1157-1171 Northshore Boulevard
Spruce Partners Inc. and Amico Properties Inc. (Amica)

Applicant's Representative:
Tyler Grinyer
Bousfields Inc.

Proposed Development
The proposed development includes a seniors’ living campus, consisting of 17-storey, 12-storey and 11-storey buildings, transitioning down to 2 storeys at the north of the site. In total, the development proposes 475 suites with 180 staff on site.

On August 19, 2019, the applicants submitted a revised development proposal which includes 17-storey and 12-storey building elements with a 6-storey lower building podium, transitioning down to a 2-storey element for a portion of the rear of the building. The number of proposed seniors living units has been decreased from 475 to 419.

On September 23, 2019, the Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment applications to facilitate the proposed development were appealed to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT). The proponents appealed the applications based upon the lack of a City decision on these applications within the legislated timeframes, as set out by The Planning Act.  This site is within the City’s Interim Control By-law area, and as such, no recommendation reports have been brought forward for development applications in this area until such time as the Interim Control By-law is lifted and policy and zoning are in place. 

Planner on File - Kyle Plas
Mailing Address:
426 Brant St., P.O. Box 5013
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Email: kyle.plas@burlington.ca
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7824

40-50 Plains Road East - Pre-Application meeting held September 4/19
Proposal Details:
Located along Plains Road East, approximately 150 metres east of Waterdown Road and 650 metres south of Aldershot GO Station

The proposal is to redevelop the existing low-rise residential properties with a 10-storey, mid-rise building with approximately 160 residential units, including a mix of one, two and three bedroom units (subject to change)

Private indoor and outdoor amenity areas for residents are proposed on the first and tenth floors

Parking is provided in an underground parking garage, with a small number of at-grade parking spaces for visitors

Applications are required to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law as they apply to the site in order to permit the proposed height and density, as well as built form and other regulations

For questions or more information in advance of the meeting, please contact:
Allison Chewter, Bousfields Inc.
Planning Consultant

Our office will update with any further information as it becomes available.
City View Park, Public Art Commission
Request for Expressions of Interest
Deadline: Friday October 11, 2019
Budget: Budget: $120,000 CAD

The City of Burlington invites professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to create an exterior public art installation for a new pavilion being constructed at City View Park (2500 Kerns Road, Burlington).

This competition is open to all Canadian and International professional artists* and/or artist-led teams.

*A professional artist is an individual who has specialized skills and/or training in his/her artistic discipline (not necessarily in academic institutions), has a history of public presentation and is critically recognized as an artist.

For more information please visit https://burlingtonpublicart.com/calls-for-artists/
To view all Ward One development projects, please visit here
Ward 1 Construction

Please note that King Road will be closed to all traffic between September 30 and October 4 in order to provide a sanitary outfall to the development at 1640 King Rd.
Local access along King Road will be maintained up to the closure points (between 1217 King Rd to 1177 King Rd).
Traffic will be re-routed around King Rd from Plains Rd to North Service Rd utilizing Waterdown Rd.
Should you have any concerns regarding this closure, please contact ward1@burlington.ca
Construction in Your Neighbourhood
We have launched a new 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:
Brant Street Road Resurfacing
Ester Drive Area Minor Reconstruction
This project is now fully underway. The project map, included with this update, outlines which streets are included. This is a two-year project.

More information about this project can be found here

For day to day construction inquiries, please contact Rob Stuart, Project Manager 905-335-7600 x7519 robert.stuart@burlington.ca
News From City Hall
Ward 1 Community News & Events
Continental Austrian Club
664 Spring Gardens Road
Burlington L7L 1J3
You are invited to our 46 th Annual Arts & Craft Sale & Show held on November 2 nd , from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our theme for 2019 is “ The Wonder of Christmas” . Featured areas are 50 superb Artisans, the 22 st Annual Silent Auction and Fine Art + , “Next to New” Books, Bake Sale, Luncheon, Christmas Decor and Treasure Room.
There are many good buys to help with your Christmas shopping, perhaps enjoy a leisurely luncheon, a quick snack at "Eats & Treats" or just allow you to get out and enjoy a November Saturday.
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
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City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Ward 1 Councillor
905-335-7600 x7587
fax: 905-335-7881