Burlington - Save our Waterfront


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Citizen-led group dedicated to developing a new vision for Burlington’s waterfront – a response to the current plan proposed by City Council – a plan that threatens to demolish local heritage and replace it with tall highrise buildings – a plan focused on narrow development interests with little thought given to both the history and future of arguably the city’s greatest asset – its waterfront.

We must act NOW to reverse this plan and come up with a better one .

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Burlington - Save our Waterfront

  1. 1. Save our Waterfront September 28th
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Welcome & introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What’s at stake </li></ul><ul><li>How we got here </li></ul><ul><li>What we’re asking for </li></ul><ul><li>Your questions </li></ul><ul><li>How you can help </li></ul>
  3. 3. Welcome & Introduction <ul><li>Steering Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marianne Meed Ward, Chair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sarah Banks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michelle Bennett </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helen Donohoe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selina Eckersall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Jones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daryl Wilson </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is Save Our Waterfront ? <ul><ul><li>More than 1,500 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 in 4 live outside downtown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>159 outside Burlington but visit, work, or have family here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>united by desire for a community-led vision for the waterfront, that is better than towers destroying heritage </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What’s at stake ?
  6. 8. Shoreline Protection at Risk
  7. 10. Heritage at Risk The Estaminet Opened as a restaurant: 1919
  8. 11. Heritage at Risk The Chrysler Carriage House Built: 1859
  9. 12. Heritage at Risk The Steward-Williamson-Peck House Built: 1847
  10. 13. Heritage at Risk The Cottage Shop Built: 1847
  11. 14. Heritage at Risk The William Collings House Built: 1873
  12. 15. Heritage at Risk The House Built: 1867
  13. 16. What’s wrong with this picture ? <ul><ul><li>Not community’s vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community wasn’t properly consulted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can do better! </li></ul></ul>
  14. 17. How We Got Here September 2006 : One Year Interim Control Bylaw passed to study Old Lakeshore Road area September 2006 : Interim Control Bylaw October 2006 : Election with 2 new councilors plus mayor October 2006 : Election December 2007 : zoning changed from 6 storey height maximum to 6-8 storeys (east) and 10-15 storeys (west) December 2007 : 30 metre shoreline setback with little development assumed. Old Lakeshore added to Urban Growth Boundaries
  15. 18. How We Got Here June 2009 : Council deletes 20m minimum shoreline setback June 2009 : 20m City setback deleted July 2009 : Council approves Urban Design Guidelines July 2009-Present : 1,500 residents join Save our Waterfront, objecting to changes they had no idea were happening October 2009 : OMB Hearing on Tim Hortons (TDL) appeal against City and Conservation Halton July 2009 : Urban Design Guidelines approved
  16. 19. Community Consultation 2006-2009 <ul><li>Nov. 29, 2006: Meeting with landowners </li></ul><ul><li>Feb. 15, 2007: Meeting with landowners </li></ul><ul><li>March 8, 2007: Public meeting including 30 landowners, 30 residents, mostly those notified within 120 metres. </li></ul><ul><li>June 18, 2007: Public workshop as part of CDC meeting (Monday, 4 pm) </li></ul><ul><li>Nov. 19, 2007: Public meeting as part of CDC meeting (Monday, 6:30 pm) </li></ul><ul><li>March 25, 2009: Public meeting to present Urban Design Guidelines. Community told height, rezoning, setbacks have already been determined. </li></ul>
  17. 20. The consultation that wasn’t In the consultation with 60 people – half landowners and half residents, city staff presented four options …
  18. 21. The consultation that wasn’t Option 2…
  19. 22. The consultation that wasn’t Option 3…
  20. 23. The consultation that wasn’t Option 4…
  21. 24. What we’re asking for <ul><ul><li>City-wide community consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizen’s committee reporting to council on a community-led vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The right development in the right place </li></ul></ul>
  22. 25. How we can get there <ul><li>A long term battle of inches </li></ul><ul><li>Protect our heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Protect our shoreline </li></ul><ul><li>Protect our public roadway </li></ul><ul><li>Exclude Old Lakeshore Road Precinct from Urban Growth Boundaries </li></ul>
  23. 26. <ul><li>Discussion & Questions </li></ul>
  24. 27. How you can help <ul><ul><li>Letters: to councilors, media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post a sign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend OMB Hearing; Heritage meeting </li></ul></ul>