Back to the Drawing Board… for Vrancor!

It’s final. The Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) recently reaffirmed its January 3rd, 2023 decision that the Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc.’s application was not grandfathered by ROPA 48. While no official withdrawal of the application of 30 + 35-storey towers atop a 6-storey podium development has been made, it is unlikely to proceed without its’ heavy […]

Burlington Scores At OLT

We at Citizen’s PLAN B are pleased to report that the Ontario Land Tribunal, in a decision on January 3rd, 2023, has agreed with the City of Burlington that the Waterfront Hotel redevelopment application was only “made” on December 17th, 2021 and therefore was NOT grandfathered in the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing ROPA […]

We’re Off to See the Wizard

It’s the Wizard of the OLT (Ontario Land Tribunal) that we’re off to see though, and not of OZ. Citizens’ PLAN B just recently received notice from the OLT that a Case Management Conference is scheduled for all-day August 26th to review Vrancor’s Appeal of the City’s PL-24-22 decision to Refuse their Application to redevelop […]

Successful End of the Beginning

Today, April 12th 2022, Burlington’s Community Planning, Regulation & Mobility Committee “Received & Filed” the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study (PL-28-22), and Burlington’s City Council unanimously approved the Planner’s Recommendation (PL-24-22) to REFUSE the Burlington 2020 Lakeshore application. Citizens’ PLAN B delegated on both matters, and was rewarded with favourable decisions. The Waterfront Hotel property owner […]

“REFUSE Application” recommend City Planners

The City has until April 16th to decide whether to Approve, Approve with Modifications or Refuse the Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc’s application to redevelop the Waterfront Hotel property. The Planning Department’s assessment of the application, and their recommendation to REJECT it, can be found on the City’s website. It will be presented at the April […]

Update from Feb 22 Statutory Public Meeting

Tuesday, February 22nd was the scheduled date for Burlington’s Statutory Public meeting on the Waterfront Hotel redevelopment application, and Citizens’ PLAN B delegated forcefully at it, amongst others. To summarize, we demonstrated in detail how much the developer has remained silent or ignored most public input and recommendations, including the Waterfront Planning Study (PB-23-18), Burlington […]

February Forecast to Heat Up!

We’re referring to the Waterfront Hotel redevelopment file, of course. Sorry! Now that the Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc. application has been deemed complete as of December 17th, 2021, the City has 120 days to process this application or until April 16th, 2022. There are only three possible responses that Burlington can provide: Approve, Approve with […]

Delegation Well Received at January 11th CPRM Committee Meeting

Citizens’ PLAN B got a “heads-up” on Saturday of an update to the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study that would be presented on the following Tuesday at Burlington’s Community Planning, Regulation & Mobility Committee Meeting. We read the Planning Department’s update known as PL-15-22 with concern given that they were planning on a completion timeframe of […]

Whatever Happened to Our Residents’ Input?

From April 2017, when the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study commenced, hundreds of residents have participated along with Burlington planning staff and consultants in multiple workshops, presentations and surveys to inform the design of the development that would replace the current building and adjoining surface parking lot. This figure (below) prepared by The Planning Partnership (consultants […]

All you ever wanted to know about the Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line is central to achieving our goals and some of you who have recently become supporters have asked about its’ origin. The eventual founders of Citizens’ PLAN B were participants in the City’s community engagement initiative for the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study which ran from May 2017 to September 2017. We gladly […]