LPAT

Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council’s webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT – why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert – probably not.Continue Reading

Reserve Properties 409 Brant St

Reserve Properties Ltd has withdrawn its appeal of the City of Burlington’s decision on 409 Brant St.

The planned development of a twenty-four storey highrise at the corner of Brant and James St, opposite City Hall acted as a lightening-rod during the 2018 municipal election.Continue Reading

Joel and Roland discuss the connection between political donations and the policy priorities of the Ford government. If any single subject can be said to encapsulate the priorities of the provincial government since 2018, it must be the efforts to weaken the legislative checks and balances on what can be built where, and who gets to have a voice in shaping development proposals.Continue Reading

We are joined this week by Haassan Basit, CEO of Conservation Halton, and Janet Sumner, Executive Director of CPAWS Wildlands League, to talk about the province’s proposed major changes to the powers of Conservation Authorities in Ontario as part of the budget ‘omnibus’ Bill 229.Continue Reading

Burlington downtown

The story of Burlington’s Official Plan review goes to the heart of how we build a better future in the 905. What does this divisive experience say about local democracy and development in Ontario? What works? What is broken? What needs to change? Over the next several weeks, I hope to shed some light on these questions.Continue Reading

Zac Spicer episode preview

This week we discuss the provincial background to how our cities are run with Zac Spicer, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Administration in Canada. Zac provides a wealth of insight, based on his years as a researcher into Ontario’s municipalities, about the background context which shaped how Burlington’s controversial OP was written and then rewritten, and how debates in other 905 cities are taking shape.Continue Reading