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The City of Burlington's Official Plan Review: Rural Summit Update and Mayor's Speaker Series

February 22, 2013 

This update includes information about the Rural Summit and the upcoming Mayor's Inspire Burlington Speaker Series event featuring Dr. Pamela Blais.


Rural Summit

On January 19, the City hosted the Rural Summit at Kilbride Public School, as part of Burlington's Official Plan Review. We are happy to report that over 125 people attended the event. If you attended the Summit, please follow this link to fill out a feedback form.

The day involved discussions related to a collective community vision for the Rural Area and themes that would support the vision. The event offered an opportunity for participants to engage in conversations with each other and a diversity of opinions emerged. The key themes were:

  • Agriculture/natural resources
  • Sustainable growth
  • Transportation
  • Community Cohesiveness
  • Tourism / Ecotourism
  • History and Preservation
  • Education
  • Governance

Draft Summary Report

A draft summary report prepared by the facilitators for the Rural Summit has been posted on the Official Plan Review website. If you attended the Rural Summit we would like to request that you review the draft summary report and let us know:

Did we correctly document your input? What should we make sure is included?

Please review the draft summary report and let us know by Tuesday, March 5, 2013 if you would like any information to be included or modified. All comments will be considered in the finalization of the document.

Next Steps

The finalized Rural Summit summary report will be presented to City Council in March/April 2013. Following that, a Rural Area Directions Report will be brought forward in Summer/Fall 2013. The Directions Report will present the findings of research and consultation and will recommend directions for Rural Area policy.


Ms. Alison Enns, MCIP, RPP, Acting Senior Planner - Policy, City of Burlington  (ph. 905-335-7600 ext. 7787, Alison.Enns@burlington.ca)

Ms. Nisha Shirali, MCIP, RPP, Environmental Planner, City of Burlington (ph. 905-335-7600 ext. 7536;  Nisha.Shirali@burlington.ca)


Mayor's Inspire Burlington Series: Dr. Pamela Blais

The Official Plan Review team is pleased to be collaborating with the Mayor's Office to present the upcoming Inspire Burlington event, featuring:

Dr. Pamela Blais, author of "Perverse Cities" and Principal of Metropole Urban Planning.

Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy and Urban Sprawl

February 28, 2013; 7:00 pm; Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Dr. Pamela Blais' areas of expertise include urban planning, hidden municipal subsidies, efficient versus inefficient built form and market-oriented tools to encourage more sustainable development.

Please confirm your attendance by online registration or by calling 905-335-7607. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Official Plan Review Video

Please visit our website to watch the Official Plan Review Video.



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