Burlington development freeze lifted, full steam ahead for local builders

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Published October 20, 2021 at 2:51 pm

The City of Burlington has been given the go-ahead to start accepting development applications.

More than 19 months after it was first supposed to expire in March 2020, a temporary bylaw that froze development in downtown Burlington and at the Burlington GO station has been lifted.

An interim control bylaw (ICBL) places a temporary freeze on the development of certain lands while a municipality is studying or reviewing its land use policies. The restrictions can only be imposed for one year, with a maximum extension of a second year.

“We paused development so we could consider what the right amount of growth is for the downtown and around the Burlington GO station,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“The result of that work supported our successful request to adjust the boundaries of the Urban Growth Centre to the Burlington GO station. These efforts will focus growth around the GO station and ensure our city has the right developments in the right place at the right scale.”

There are dozens of development proposals that would bring thousands of apartment units to Burlington in the early stages of the application process.

The city is currently undertaking a series of public meetings to get public feedback around long-term development proposals near all three city GO stations.

In addition, there are major developments proposed for multiple locations on Brant St. as well as in Aldershot.

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