Burlington has lost height control
RE: What it costs to run Burlington and other issues (May 11)
Good to see the City of Burlington has a “costed asset renewal” process, something condo corporations have had to do for years, except in the case of condominium corporations, it is called a reserve fund study. Kudos to our finance department and the city for doing the fiscally responsible thing.
As to the Carriage Gate development, at first blush determining the difference between seven storeys and 27 is a simple math exercise, with the answer being 20. However, we also have well thought out Official Plans, intensity targets (that are being met without this building), bylaws and building standards. The well thought out and studied number of storeys for this area of Burlington is expressly stated as seven storeys. So, the real difference is, Carriage Gate must either believe the rules do not apply to them, or they can apply to the board to get their 27-storey monolith. Whether a 27-storey building is good or bad for the Burlington downtown is irrelevant. By hosting a public meeting at his stage, aren’t we really saying we are open to something more than seven storeys, maybe 12 or 17 or 19?
Based on former applications, it appears Burlington has lost complete control over how many storeys can be built in our downtown area, as I am sure this will go to the board for a final decision. Full disclosure, I live in a 20-storey condo elsewhere in the city. Joe Gaetan, Burlington