Burlington council gives thumbs-down to development beside Spencer Smith Park


Published April 12, 2022 at 2:23 pm

The City of Burlington is digging in its heels against a proposed Lake Ontario development proposal.

According to a staff report about 2020 Lakeshore Rd., south of Lakeshore on the east side of Spencer Smith Park, dubbed the Waterfront Hotel Lands, the application falls short in several areas.

Among the many deficiencies cited by the report, staff says the application does not adhere to building and development policies from the Province of Ontario, Halton Region, or the City of Burlington.

In addition, public sentiment has been overwhelmingly negative about the plot of land many want to see maximized for its potential as a tourist area on Lake Ontario and Spencer Smith Park.

Members of the public expressed concerns about the proposal’s:

  • Scale, massing, and height
  • Setbacks, stepbacks, and siting
  • Compatibility with Spencer Smith Park and surrounding area
  • Impacts to lake views and access to the waterfront
  • Changes to character of downtown
  • Shadow and wind impacts
  • Traffic impacts
  • Parking

The developers want to build two structures, 35 and 30 storeys tall, with 557 apartments, 122 hotel suites, and more than 4,000-sq.-m. each of retail and office space.

Ideally, the city would like to see a smaller footprint for the development, smaller towers and improved sightlines.

At a special council meeting to deal with the issue today (Tuesday), Burlington Council unanimously voted to accept the staff report and reject all rezoning requests by the developers.

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