Dates for the next level of community consultation on the mobility hub concept have been announced.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

August 22, 2017



After community meetings across the city that asked the public what they thought of the Mobility Hub concept, the planners are now ready to tell the public what their “preferred” concept is and why they will try to persuade city council to follow their advice later in the year.

Mobility hubs

The four mobility hubs – where they are located. What will the linkage be between the hubs?

Those will be contentious meetings.

Panels with concepts June 21-7

Illustration panels are set up with graphs setting out what the mobility hub will mean and the changes it could bring about.

With feedback from different communities on the objectives behind the four different Mobility hubs the city wants to develop – Burlington residents are now going to hear what the planners see as their preferred concept for each hub.

Downtown public

Citizens discuss the city’s plans for the creation of four mobility hubs – one at each of the GO stations and a fourth in the downtown core. Intensification is to be focused on the hubs.

Residents are encouraged to share their feedback about the concept which will be used to help inform a discussion about the proposed concept at a workshop with Burlington City Council on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The debate and decision date for the concepts for each of the GO station mobility hubs by city council is sometime in December.

The next four community meetings are:

Downtown Mobility Hub – Preferred Concept Public Meeting
Date: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline Rotary Room, 1333 Lakeshore Rd. W

Burlington GO Mobility Hub – Draft Concepts Public Meeting
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn, Harvester Hall, 3063 South Service Rd.

Aldershot GO Mobility Hub – Draft Concepts Public Meeting
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: East Plains United Church, Peart Hall, 375 Plains Rd E

Appleby GO Mobility Hub – Draft Concepts Public Meeting
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm
Location: Appleby Ice Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 1201 Appleby Line.

Tanner and Taylor at June 21-17 workshop

City planner Mary Lou Tanner explaining some of the thinking behind the mobility hub concept to ward 3 city Councillor John Taylor.

Mary Lou Tanner, Chief Planner and Director of City Building explains that the city is “working toward a shared vision for each of the Mobility Hubs and the community’s input is vital in the development of the plans for these neighbourhoods.”

Once approved, the Area-Specific Plans created through the Mobility Hub studies will be adopted as part of the city’s new Official Plan.
Halton Region, population is anticipated to grow from 530,000 to one million people by 2041.

Mayor sitting in downtown GROW Bold

Mayor sits in on a community discussion about the concept of a downtown mobility hub.

The Province of Ontario’s provincial growth plan, Places to Grow, mandates the City of Burlington plan for a population of 193,000 by 2031.

Planning for intensification of the Mobility Hubs supports the city’s four strategic directions outlined in its 25-year strategic plan —a city that grows, a city that moves, a healthier and greener city and an engaging city.

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1 comment to Dates for the next level of community consultation on the mobility hub concept have been announced.

  • Stephen White

    I attended the Downtown Mobility Hub and the Appleby GO Station meetings previously. I will be watching with interest to see how much of previous attendees’ feedback got factored into these new proposals….or is this just another exercise in marketing and optics. There were several people who expressed doubts and cynicism at both meetings regarding the City’s consultation efforts. The presence of the Mayor and members of Council did nothing to allay public concerns.

    The Downtown Mobility Hub meeting will be especially interesting. There must have been 12 tables with 10-12 participants at each table, and virtually every table expressed doubts regarding the two options proposed by the City’s Planning Department. The comments I heard expressed repeatedly were “Why only two proposals”? and “Why not a blended approach”? I hope Mary Lou Tanner and her team heeded public concerns.

    What I haven’t seen or heard is why the City is rushing forward with their timetable to have all discussions signed, approved and completed by June 2018. If members of this Council and the Mayor feel so convinced of the criticality of Mobility Hubs to the City’s future then they should be prepared to “put it on the line” and run on the basis of what they support in the October 2018 election. Moreover, residents should really have the final say on whether they support it or not.

    Based on what I have seen both the downtown Mobility Hub and the Appleby GO Mobility Hub have some serious deficiencies and shortcomings. The devil is clearly in the details!