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IKEA is Celebrating

July 18, 2016 in Events, Frontpage

One of Aldershot’s biggest businesses is planning a celebration of its 25 years in our community. IKEA opened its store on Plains Road in 1991 with hundreds of shoppers lined up to get in. This year’s anniversary will be marked by a party in the parking lot. To celebrate this event IKEA will plant a Swedish tree and unveil a commemorative stone. The party runs from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 24 with the official ceremony at 2 pm. IKEA has been a great partner in Aldershot with major contributions to the Business Improvement Area, local charities and Tree Canada plantings.

Marking Our History

July 18, 2016 in Frontpage, Success Stories - Current

Have you noticed the latest “wrap-around” on Plains Road? It’s on the south side of Plains at Howard Road, in front of the Drewlo apartment buildings. The wrap-around covers a utility box with historic photographs from west Aldershot. This is part of a program supported by the Aldershot Community Honour Roll and aims at celebrating Aldershot’s history while improving the look of our main street. Other wrap-arounds may be seen at Shadeland, King and Francis Roads. Special thanks to David Craig for his photos  and art work.

 

The Intensification Framework

July 18, 2016 in Frontpage, Planned

A committee of Burlington City Council has endorsed policy directions to guide  the growth of the City over the next twenty-five years. Fundamental to these directions is the principle of intensification. The report says that “intensification is to “BOLD” not incremental. The growth and intensification will be accommodated in four key areas; downtown, along major transit routes (like Plains Road) at transportation areas (like the Aldershot GO Station) and in employment zones. The report refers to these areas as “The Intensification Framework”. These areas are “expected to accommodate the majority of the city’s intensification and forecasted growth to 2031 and beyond.” These areas are to become “compact, transit supportive, pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods”.
In a companion document, it is proposed that specific plans be prepared, over the next three years, to stimulate significant mixed use development around all the GO Stations. This, in conjunction with the Metrolinx plan to improve GO service.
The hope is, that by directing the majority of the City’s future growth to areas outlined in the “Intensification Framework”, existing established low density neighbourhoods may be protected from significant development and instead change “gently” over time.
All these policy directions are part of the overall Official Plan review and remain subject to community input over the next few months. They should not however come as a surprise to Aldershot residents as I have been speaking to the subject of intensification for many years.
NOTE: During the committee debate I noted that the draft maps suggest that the “Intensification Framework” includes the south side of Plains Road from Clearview to Filmandale. As you may know there has been an ongoing debate over whether this area should be upgraded from its existing two-storey height limit. Staff responded that “yes, we are looking for increased development in this area”, although this remains subject to further detailed discussion.

Improved Transit Stops

July 18, 2016 in Frontpage, Infrastructure

The City is planning to upgrade many of its bus stops with new benches. In Ward One 9 bus stops will benefit from new benches to be installed over the next few months. These new locations are mainly along the Plains Road corridor and along Brant Street in Tyandaga.

New Pedestrian Area

July 18, 2016 in Frontpage, Success Stories - Current

There is an attractive new pedestrian area on the north east corner of Plains and Waterdown Road. This wonderful new amenity will serve as a resting spot for pedestrians and cyclists at this increasingly busy intersection. The pedestrian plaza is part of the City’s plan to make neighbourhoods more livable and walkable. In this case, the project would not have been possible without a major financial contribution from the Aldershot Business Improvement Area. My thanks to the B.I.A. Board and its membership.

Proposed 8 Storey Building

July 18, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Planned

 

On Wednesday, June 22nd, Rick Craven hosted a public meeting at St. Matthew’s Church to discuss a proposal to build a new eight storey building at 35 Plains Road, E. A developer is proposing to construct the “mixed-use” building on the empty lot at Cooke Boulevard and Plains Road (between the Royal Bank and Solid Gold). It would contain eighty condos and 3,000 square feet of commercial space with 2 levels of underground parking. The driveway entrance would be off Cooke. This proposal is being reviewed by the City’s Planning Department.

Plains Road Village Vision Committee – Mayor’s Recognition

June 10, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Events, Frontpage

On February 29, members of the Plains Road Village Vision committee were recognized at Burlington City Council by Mayor Rick Goldring, for thPRVV - Council Recognition - Photoeir 16 year effort and dedication to reverse the decline of Plains Road, by converting it from “a highway that divided Aldershot to a ribbon that ties the community together”.

The PRVV members were the catalyst that started the process of improvement along Aldershot’s main street.  Click here for video of full presentation

Plains Road Village Vision Lives On

June 10, 2016 in Frontpage, Success Stories - Current, Success Stories - Past

PRVV - Plains Road Tour - 2016The march toward renewal and beautification along Aldershot’s Plains Road corridor is continuing. The effort began 15 years ago. Since then, much has been accomplished but much remains to be done. Recently, Mayor Rick Goldring joined Councillor Craven and nearly two dozen senior city staff and B.I.A. representatives on a tour of the west end of Plains Road. They checked out the progress that has been made so far, noted the continuing challenges and highlighted the significant opportunities that remain. The Plains Road Village Vision (PRVV) is alive and well, but not yet finished.  See more on the history and successes of the PRVV in Partnering Aldershot – Winter edition

 

What’s with the ESSO sign?

May 11, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage

Esso sign at Rendez-vousConstituents have been inquiring about the new ESSO sign that has gone up at the former Rendevous Gardens flower shop on Plains Road West (near the RBG). While it is true that a developer has been speaking with the City about the possibility of a gas station and Tim Hortons outlet, no formal application has been received yet. Technically, a gas station would be permitted in this area. Please be assured that if, and when, an application is received at the City I will advise the public and look forward to your comments.

Warning Signs and Construction on Plains

May 11, 2016 in Frontpage, Infrastructure

Danger due to overhead wires signageWe were all caught a bit off guard recently when the “DANGER Due to Overhead Wires” signs appeared on Plains Road. Of course, these signs are related to the long awaited plan to resurface Plains Road from the QEW to Shadeland. They are meant as warnings to dump truck drivers. I would have preferred to have given you more notice but the contractor moved very quickly. Obviously, this work has caused some traffic problems along Plains Road but I am sure you will agree that the resurfacing needs to be done.

Resurfacing of Plains Road

April 15, 2016 in Frontpage, In Progress

The City will resurface from Shadeland to the QEW and improve the curbs, bike lanes and sidewalks from King to Francis. Some Regional watermain work will also be done. This work has begun and will continue through the summer. For more information contact Dave Johnson, at 905-335-7600 ext 7507 or email.

New Redevelopment Proposal

April 15, 2016 in Frontpage, Planned

92 Plains Road EastThe city has received an application for redevelopment of the property at 92 Plains East (between Birchwood and Glenwood). The proposal is to remove the existing small home and replace it with a four storey “mixed-use” building including 24 apartments and about 3,000 square feet of office space on the first floor. I understand that this proposal will require both an official plan amendment and a zoning change. At the appropriate time I will host a neighbourhood public meeting about the application. The overall zoning in this neighbourhood is currently under review as part of the City’s ongoing Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw review.

Public Art Winner: “Crescendo” (Rising Wave)

January 8, 2016 in Art in Aldershot, Frontpage, In Progress

Jazz - Art finalist - official renderingThe City of Burlington’s Public Art Program has selected a design proposal entitled “Crescendo” (Rising Wave) for a site on the north side Plains Road between the new Jazz development and Maplehurst School. The artist, Lilly Otasevic says “The sculpture’s converging and diverging shape represents a hub of activity in the community. These characteristics serve to represent a contemporary as well as an historical context to Aldershot Village. The wave shape reflects the connection to the bay, water as an essential vehicle for the initial progress of this community and ultimately the connection to Brown’s wharf where it all began”. Installation of this piece of public art will take place upon completion of construction at the Jazz condominium. More than $65,000 was raised for the project in a joint effort between the City, Branthaven Homes, the Plains Road Village Vision group and individual donors.

Why is the City Leaving the Traffic Light at Cooke and Plains?

January 8, 2016 in Frontpage, Infrastructure

This light was a necessary part of the detour required for the reconstruction of the intersection at Plains/Waterdown and LaSalle Park Roads. It cost a lot of money to install. It would also cost a lot to remove it. Since the long-term plan for the area has Cooke Blvd acting as a major pedestrian gateway to the new “mobility hub” (expanded GO Station) it seemed logical to leave the light as it is and synchronize it with the one at Waterdown Road. In addition, the City is moving ahead with a new crosswalk and light installation at Falcon Blvd where there is growing density, increased pedestrian activity and safety concerns for both walkers and drivers. The recently completed two-year “Functional Design Analysis” of Plains Road identified the need for more and better north/south crosswalks along Plains Road.

Update on Foo Ho/Bell Motel Site 

September 16, 2015 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, In Progress, Planned, Uncategorized

Following a public meeting earlier this year City staff continue to review a plan for the redevelopment of these lands. Melrose Investments is proposing construction of 2 six-storey condominium buildings with a total of 175 units. Underground parking will be provided for the tenants. One of the buildings will include about 3,000 square feet of retail/commercial space. The project requires a number of minor variances and routine ‘site plan’ approvals. Since the demolition of old buildings at this location, neighbours have inquired about the proposed six-storey height; however, a change cannot be considered this late in the planning process.

“Ivy” at 405 Plains Road East

February 2, 2015 in Aldershot's Vision, featured - appear in slideshow, Frontpage

Dawn Victoria Homes has a proposal to develop the property at 405 Plains Road East, occupied by Jaggard’s Florist. This calls for construction of a three storey mixed-use building at the front of the property including a retail store suitable for continuation of a florist shop and three residential units above. Behind the store will be twoJaggard - rendering stand-alone buildings of 24 residential “stacked townhouses”, including 48 parking spaces and amenity area.  This proposal is currently under review by the City’s Planning Department.