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Aldershot Lions Club Does It Again

October 21, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Success Stories - Past

Here’s to the Aldershot Lions Club! This great group of volunteers has been contributing to the community for over half a century. Most recently a major Lions Club donation allowed the City to construct a new public patio along Plains Road at Francis Road. The paved area is on the south side of the street adjacent to Bolus Gardens Parkette and offers a series of benches, trees and shrubs to be enjoyed by pedestrians. The Lions contribution is in honour of their late member George Bolus. The new patio supports the Plains Road Village Vision goal of “dressing up” Plains Road. A dedication plaque will soon be installed at the site.

“Ivy” Development / 405 Plains Road East

October 21, 2016 in Frontpage, Uncategorized

The City’s Committee of Adjustmenthas approved 12 minor variances which clear the way for final approval of this proposed development at the former Jaggard’s Florist site.
This plan calls for construction of a three storey mixed-use building at the front of the property including a retail store on the first floor and three residential units above. Behind the store will be two stand-alone buildings of 22 residential “stacked townhouses”, including 48 parking spaces and an amenity area. The proposal comes from the same builder who recently redeveloped the former Canadian Tire site in West Aldershot.

Public Meeting

October 21, 2016 in Frontpage, Meetings, Uncategorized

The City will host a statutory public meeting to discuss the proposed new 8 storey building at the corner of Plains Road and Cooke Blvd. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City hall on the evening of Tuesday, November 8. The property is currently vacant. A developer is proposing a mixed use building with 80 condominiums and 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor. There would be two levels of underground parking. A neighbourhood meeting was first held about this on June 22.

Annual South Aldershot Public Meeting

September 14, 2016 in Frontpage, Meetings, New & Hot

This meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept 27 at East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd. E. This annual event provided an overview of what’s happening in south Aldershot including discussions about zoning, new developments and intensification. Here is a copy of the presentation.

Nuisance signs

September 14, 2016 in Frontpage, Miscellaneous

The City has a new program to fight against unsightly and illegal signage on City Streets. This is a particular problem along the Plains Road corridor. Often these signs can be found on utility poles and public boulevards. Now, you can report this clutter via the online service You can upload a picture of the sign with your report and use the interactive map to follow the progress of your request. Signs that are illegal will be removed. You can use the same site to report potholes, broken traffic signs, street light problems, graffiti and coyote sightings.

Affinity Condos Approved

September 14, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Planned

The City’s Planning Department has given final site plan approval for the new “Affinity” Development on Plains Road East. A building permit is expected to be issued soon. The development is located at the sites of the former Foo Ho restaurant and Bell Motel. It will include two 6-storey buildings with 178 condominiums. Affinity recently completed construction of a sales office on the site.

Planted Medians

August 21, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Planned

We have received calls asking why the new medians on Plains Road East were filled with concrete rather than gardens. Gardens, of course, would compliment our Plains Road Village Vision. Traffic in this area however is quite active and it is too dangerous for staff to service gardens in the middle of the road. Instead, we are looking at more year round streetscaping along these medians, which we hope to report on later this year. We are also planning to “dress up” the south side of Plains Road near the intersection with a new seating area and will plant more trees along the boulevards between King and Francis.

Halton Regional Police Report

August 20, 2016 in Frontpage, Newsletter, Uncategorized

“During the months of June and July over half of the Provincial Offence Notices issued in Ward 1 were for speeding, with the majority on Plains Road. Officers will continue enforcement of the speed limits in this area”.

New Gas Station

August 20, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Newsletter, Planned

The City has now received a formal application for site plan approval for a new ESSO gas station and Tim Hortons drive thru in Aldershot. If approved, it would be located at 1134 Plains Road West, which is on the south side of Plains Road, just west of the Royal Botanical Gardens. The proposal includes a 3,200 square foot variety store. The site is the former location of Rendezvous Gardens.

Sokrates Restaurant Demolition

August 20, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Newsletter, Planned

What’s going on at the former Sokrates Restaurant on Plains Road?  The demolition of this building signals the eventual redevelopment of this site. The city has not, however, received a specific proposal at this point. We will advise you as more information about this location becomes available.



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 the City has been speaking to the subject of intensification for many years.
NOTE: During the committee debate it was 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. 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 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


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. We understand that this proposal will require both an official plan amendment and a zoning change. At the appropriate time we 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.