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New Official Plan

April 25, 2017 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Infrastructure, Meetings, Mobility Hub, Planned

The City has finally released a draft of its proposed new Official Plan. This has been years in the making and is now open to public input and reaction before final consideration in the fall.
To view the proposed new Official Plan go to: available online.
Fundamental to the new plan is our continued protection of rural areas in the north. Future growth will therefore be directed to the south mainly around GO Stations, along main streets (like Plains Road) and at existing commercial plazas which are subject to redevelopment. The plan also protects much of our “employment” land in order to preserve opportunities for future jobs.
In conjunction with the proposed new Official Plan the City is proposing a new Transportation Policy which places the emphasis on pedestrian activity, cycling and public transit.
Simultaneously the City is developing detailed plans for the “mobility hubs” around the Go Stations. To this end, the City will host a public meeting about the Aldershot mobility hub on Saturday, May 13, from 10:30 am to 12:30 at East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd. E. This workshop will be lead by City staff and external planning consultants.
Of particular interest:
Proposal for changing the current “Medium Density” designation on the south side of Plains Road from Clearview to Filmandale to an “Urban Corridor” designation. This would permit intensification up to 6 storeys, consistent with the rest of Plains Road.

Public Input

March 21, 2017 in Frontpage, Meetings, Mobility Hub, Planned

The Adi Development Group recently hosted a public meeting to obtain ideas on how to design Phase Two of its Masonry Court development. Phase Two is the open space at the corner of Masonry and Waterdown Road. ADI has not submitted a plan yet for the site but wanted to hear from the public about design, colour, architecture and public space. About two dozen people attended the meeting.
(ADI’s Phase One is slightly to the east and includes 2 six-storey buildings plus several hundred townhouses).


KaBOOM is coming!

March 21, 2017 in Frontpage, Planned

KaBOOM is an American non-profit organization dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children have access to healthy opportunities to play. KaBOOM has built over 15,000 playgrounds in the U.S. and Toronto. Now, KaBOOM has chosen Aldershot! KaBOOM has approached the City for permission to install new playground equipment in Bolus Gardens Parkette at the corner of Francis and Plains Road. KaBOOM and its funding partner will pay most of the cost. This is a very exciting opportunity and will involve a significant number of volunteers to take full advantage of the plan. KaBOOM wants to involve children in the design of the new play equipment and will work with a team of community members to plan a “Build Week”, which anticipates up to 200 volunteers assembling the new playground on August 14. Many details will follow. Stay tuned…..


Mobility Hub and Aldershot GO Station

January 27, 2017 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Mobility Hub, Planned

Metrolinx has a plan to eventually expand the parking lot at the Aldershot GO Station but in a report to Council the City’s Planning staff argue that this is not the way to go. Staff say that Burlington is trying to create Mobility Hubs around the GO stations “to achieve increased densities in line with the proposed Growth Plan…..for daily activity and not simply departure points”. “Extensive and free parking at GO stations generates considerable peak hour traffic which will hinder Burlington’s ability to successfully develop effective Mobility Hubs”.
“GO Rail Station parking supply and parking lot expansions are contradictory to supporting Growth Plan transit-oriented development and to supporting the Mobility Hubs vision”.
Essentially this means the City prefers that people walk, cycle, bike or bus to the GO station and leave their cars at home. This could be achieved through a build up of homes (condos and apartments) around the GO station instead of using the land for more parking lots. The staff’s recommendations will be forwarded to Metrolinx for consideration. In the meantime, the City is moving ahead with detailed plans for each of the Mobility Hubs (GO Stations) including Aldershot. These should be completed within two years.

Bell Canada at Plains and Waterdown

December 20, 2016 in Frontpage, Infrastructure

A frequent question:  Why is a Bell Canada maintenance vehicle allowed to block the intersection of Plains and Waterdown Road?  As a result of last year’s widening of this intersection Bell needs to adjust its equipment in the adjacent underground duct. The photo shows some of the underground wiring in this area. City officials have spoken with Bell and requested that they keep the crosswalk at the lights clear and where possible, that this work be done off rush hour times.

“Ivy” Construction Starts

December 20, 2016 in Frontpage, In Progress

Following the City’s approval of minor variances at 405 Plains Road East, development at tJaggard - renderinghe former Jaggard’s Florist site has begun.  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 same builder redeveloped “Village West”  in West Aldershot.


Plains Road Resurfacing

December 19, 2016 in Frontpage, Infrastructure

Since the completion of the road work on Plains Road between Francis and Shadeland, the City has been asked when the remainder of Plains Road will be resurfaced. Aldershot roads must compete for available dollars with all the other streets in the City. Staff prepare an annual list that rates each street according to need and priority. Based on this analysis, Plains Road from Shadeland to Spring Gardens Road is scheduled for resurfacing in 2020.

Conservation Halton Rejects Gas Station Proposal

December 19, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage

Despite a staff recommendation for approval, the Board of Directors of the Halton Region Conservation Authority has rejected a proposal for a new ESSO gas station, Tim Hortons drive-thru and variety store in west Aldershot. The project was to be located at 1134 Plains Road West, formerly Rendezvous Flower shop. The Authority has a rule that prohibits development within 15 metres of the top of a creek bank. In this case the proposal partially intruded on the 15 metre limit, mainly the drive-thru area. The City of Burlington and Region of Halton had earlier agreed to the proposal and Conservation staff had concluded “the development poses no threat to life and property”. The Board however saw it differently. It remains to be seen whether the proponent will appeal the Board decision.

35 Plains Road East “Breeze”

November 17, 2016 in Aldershot's Vision, Frontpage, Meetings, Planned

A public meeting was held at City Hall recently to discuss this proposal. Only one member of the public spoke at the meeting and expressed a variety of concerns about the development. Council members also had a number of inquiries but these related mainly to the building’s parking plan. 
The developer would like to construct an 8 storey building at the northwest corner of Plains Road East and Cooke Blvd. It would include 80 condominiums plus 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor. Access to the property would be off Cooke Blvd. There would be two levels of underground parking with 78 spaces. Above ground there will be 13 parking spaces for the public. The primary reason for the public meeting was to discuss the required amendment to the official plan to permit the 8 storeys. Only six are currently allowed. 

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.

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

The City has 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.

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.

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.

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 the new patio area on the north east corner of Plains Road and Waterdown Road. 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 in 2017. 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.