Burlington mayor and councilor say residents want more lakeside parks

By Jeffrey Allen

Published on April 13, 2022 at 11:06 am

Following yesterday’s rejection of a massive two-tower development next to Spencer Smith Park, the Mayor of Burlington and local councilor released a joint statement explaining their position.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Ward 2 Councilor Lisa Kerns said planning staff provided a very detailed rationale as to why this application should be denied.

They said the app did not reflect feedback they had heard from the community regarding this historic site.

“We heard loud and clear from residents wanting to see more parks on this site next to our gem of a waterfront park.”

They said that the many other shortcomings of this application were well summarized in the report: The application or applications in question do not comply with the Provincial Policy Statement because they propose development at an intensity that exceeds what is considered a level appropriate for its local context in the Regional Official Plan and Official Plan land use patterns.

The proposal that was rejected was for 2020 Lakeshore Rd., the “Waterfront Hotel Land” on the east side of Spencer Smith Park. Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc. is proposing a mixed-use development on the site of the current Waterfront Hotel that would see two 30-plus-story towers and a five-story podium between them, blocking the southern view of Lakeshore Rd.

City staff have determined that the proposed development does not comply with the Provincial Policy Statement, does not comply with A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, is not conforms to the Halton Region Official Plan and does not conform to the policies of the City of Burlington Official Plan (1997 as amended). The proposed development also does not conform to the City’s new Official Plan (2020).

Located adjacent to two of Burlington’s most significant landmarks, Spencer Smith Park and the Brant Street Pier, the City sought feedback to ensure the new development would reflect high quality urban design that would enhance the community access to waterfront and downtown. .

Public meetings were held in February on the Planning Study and Development Application for residents and stakeholders to discuss the study process and hear from City staff and the consulting team.

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