City has scheduled five meetings for the public to talk about land use concepts around the planned Burlington Go station mobility hub.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 15th, 2017



Those mobility hubs – all four of them.

What are they again?

A place identified as an opportunity for new growth and development over the next 20 years

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There were charts all over the room that people could use to visualize what they thought a mobility hub could be. City staff held breakout questions where questions could be asked and detailed notes taken – it is those notes that have been formulated into concept that people can learn more about in the weeks ahead.

The city held a public meeting at which people could put some ideas on paper. All the ideas were then gone over by the planning staff – they now want to share their feedback on land-use concepts that came out of the meeting on the Downtown Mobility Hub

These concepts will be available for public feedback starting Wednesday, June 21.

Study area visioning

Study area and the different land uses in the different precincts.

Wednesday, June 21
Art Gallery of Burlington (Shoreline/Rotary Room), 1333 Lakeshore Rd.
7 to 9 p.m.
Those who are unable to attend the public meeting can share their feedback about the concepts at one of the following public open houses:

Wednesday, June 28
Burlington City Hall (room 247), 426 Brant St.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 6
Art Gallery of Burlington (Shoreline Room), 1333 Lakeshore Rd.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 10
Burlington Public Library, Central branch (Centennial Hall), 2331 New St.
2 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 13
Burlington City Hall (room 247), 426 Brant St.
2 to 4 p.m.

Getting a closer look

Checking out what the city means by a mobility hub.

The input gathered will be used to help develop a shared vision for the downtown Mobility Hub, to be released in September 2017.

Rosa Bustamante, Manager of Policy – Mobility Hubs explains that “This is the next step in planning our city’s downtown Mobility Hub. This spring, we heard from residents who told us what they love and value about downtown Burlington. We’ve taken that input, along with the information that has been gathered through technical studies, to create some draft land-use concepts that will show us, at a high level, where and how the downtown could grow over the next 20 years.”

Mobility Hubs are the areas around the city’s three GO stations—Aldershot, Appleby and Burlington—and the downtown that have been identified as opportunities for new growth and development over the next 20 years and beyond.

The city is developing area-specific plans for all four of its Mobility Hubs, which will eventually be part of the city’s new Official Plan.

Someone within city hall has to be given credit for the lengths they are going to to get public input – five  different meetings is a record – it is usually one meeting downtown – another north of the QEW somewhere and that’s it.  Kudos belong on someone’s desk.  It would have been more inclusive if some of the meetings had been held out of the downtown core.

In Halton Region, it is anticipated the population will grow from 530,000 to one million people by 2041. The Province of Ontario’s provincial growth plan, Places to Grow, mandates that the City of Burlington plan for a population of 193,000 by 2031.

Related articles:

Part 1 – Mobility hubs – what are they and why are we doing this?

Part 2 – Closer look at the mobility hub vision

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2 comments to City has scheduled five meetings for the public to talk about land use concepts around the planned Burlington Go station mobility hub.

  • Dayna

    I attended one of the Mobility Hub meetings, specifically for Aldershot. The focus really seems to be on intensification and limiting the amount of parking space available for any given area in the Mobility Hub.

    Another attendee then asked the Mobility Hub city staff how many vehicles each of them own. Of the two who answered, one said that she and her husband each have one car, and the other said that she lives at home with her parents and each of them has a car (so 3 in total). I found this to be a really amusing illustration of the notion: “do as I say, not as I do.”

    This made me curious — how many vehicles do the mayor and each councillor’s households have? Are they prepared to practice what they preach with regards to the Mobility Hubs? Can they adequately complete all necessary household errands if their homes only have one vehicle? Can they run all their errands, pick their kids up from school, and take their kids to sports practice by using public transit alone?

    Very happy to accept the necessity of Mobility Hubs if the councillors swallow the same pill they’re expecting everyone else to!

  • David Fenton

    If we can just keep the Mayor busy till 2018 this will all go away.