Your Waterfront – December 2016 Presentation


Your Waterfront – What’s Happening

Come on out and find out what is happening!



                   2255 BRANT STREET, BURLINGTON

Along the Lake and the Bay there are lots of changes proposed. Burlington Waterfront will share with you what’s happening and when. Come out, learn something, and meet some of the community groups that are involved in your waterfront.

Topics being covered are:

  • Windows to the Lake 
  • Burlington Beach Park 
  • LPMA wave break 
  • Burloak Park 
  • Martha St Adi tower
  • Water pollution at Brant St beach 
  • Blue Water Place townhouses 
  • Spencer Smith willow trees 
  • Bridgewater development 
  • Waterfront Hotel master plan
  • Cootes to Escarpment Eco-Park System

In addition to our group doing the presentation, we have some community groups who will be present with a poster to advertise their relationship to the waterfront.


Burlington Waterfront

Burlington Waterfront is a citizen group whose purpose is to promote the protection of and enhance access to our waterfront.

Staff Report – Martha street development proposals

City staff recommends revised proposal be opposed at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Staff reposrt on 374-and-380-martha-st

Blue Flag Congratulations!

Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded by a non-governmental, non-profit organization. The Blue Flag symbolizes a marina has met high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and information, and safety and other services.

Burlington Waterfront is pleased to recognize the significant achievement of the La Salle Park Marina Association in receiving the Blue Flag.

Please view our letter of congratulations below:

Blue Flag Letter

Windows-to-the-Lake Go To Council

On Monday June 15, 2015 staff recommendations for the new Windows-to-the-Lake will be brought to the Development and Infrastructure Committee of Burlington Council.  The Staff Report recommends:

  1. Approval of the design concepts for the development of the St. Paul Street, Market Street and Green Street Windows-to-the-Lake
  2.  Funding of the development of the St. Paul Street, Market Street and Green Street Windows-to-the-Lake from funds received through the sale of the Water Street lands; and
  3. Funding of the development and improvements to other Windows-to-the-Lake from the balance of proceeds received through the sale of the Water Street lands.

Burlington Waterfront completely endorses these recommendations and commends the process of open public consultation and engagement that informed them.  A copy of the complete Staff Report can be viewed here.

Windows-to-the-Lake Staff Report


Notice of Meeting Change

The June meeting of Burlington Waterfront will take place at 7:00 pm, Monday June 8, 2015, room 305, Burlington City Hall.  The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Burlington Beach Park Master Plan

On Thursday April 30, 2015 the Master Plan for the Burlington Beach Park was presented and discussed at the Halton Region Waterfront Parks Advisory Committee.  It is the same presentation that was made on April 7, 2015 at the public meeting at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  A copy is attached.

BB MP Presentation by ST to RWPAC

Windows-to-the-Lake Survey

Recently, there has been a considerable amount of opinion expressed concerning the proposed new Windows-to-the-Lake at St. Paul, Market and potentially Green Streets.  A local resident, Mr. Brian Rose, has designed a short survey to capture how citizens feel about the ‘windows’.  The results will be shared with the Community and Corporate Services Committee of City Council on June 16, 2015.  Please give Brian your input by responding to the survey at the following link;

Update: the results of the Survey will be presented at the Development and Infrastructure Committee of Council on Monday, June 15, 2015 as a delegation responding to the staff recommendations for the proposed new Windows-to-the-Lake.

Windows-to-the-Lake, A Fresh Look

On Wednesday, March 25th, staff of the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department (Mr. Robert Peachey and Ms. Roberta Lau) held an open public meeting at the Burlington Seniors Centre showcasing possible designs for the proposed new Windows-to-the-Lake at St. Paul, Market and, potentially, Green Streets.  A copy of the presentation material can be viewed here (*Windows to the Lake ).

The meeting was well attended and well managed.  However, it quickly became evident that there were at least two camps present; residents who supported the concept of Windows-to-the-Lake as neighbourhood treasures and those who considered them an unnecessary waste of tax dollars or ‘perhaps nice to have but not on my patch, thank you’.  Most of the debate centred around just how elaborate,  given Council’s approval for ‘minimalist implementations’, the Windows-to-the-Lake should be.   The adverse effect of traffic and possible vandalism on neighbouring homes was also raised.  The following ‘open letter’ from Gary Scobie, Co-Chair of Burlington Waterfront, to Roberta Lau, Landscape Designer, provides a personal and, we believe, well balanced assessment.

Dear Roberta:

I attended the Windows-to-the-Lake Design presentation on Wednesday with a few of my colleagues from Burlington Waterfront.  I was very impressed with the design concepts and the intention of creating and completing all three new windows at St. Paul, Market and Green Streets.

I think the Appleby Place Window is a great example of what a Window-to-the-Lake can be, with a little necessary trimming along the sides and especially at the lake, where the view is obstructed by both low and higher branch and leaf growth.  Councillor Dennison mentioned earlier to us his vision of trimming out a window so that lower brush would be trimmed so anyone could see over it and trees would be trimmed up to a height to create a true “window” across each property.  I and my colleagues would support that vision.

At Appleby Place, the path winds between mature trees at the side, providing shade and some sense of privacy for both Windows users and abutting property owners.  It also leads the eye toward the lake and the view of the water and invites the public to follow the path.  The post and chain concept works well there and is adequate to convey the message of possible hazard, yet also keep the view open to the water.

In my comments at the meeting, I expressed a desire for Windows-to-the-Lake signage at each site and also at Lakeshore Road, to point out, mostly to walkers and cyclists, that an opportunity to view our shoreline exists just metres to the south.  Although many detractors worried about parking issues, I don’t see these Windows being “destinations” for people in cars that often.  Most people travelling to Burlington by car along Lakeshore Road will plan to gravitate to one of the larger parkettes like Sioux Lookout or Port Nelson Park where there are parking lots, and still more likely to our large parks like Burloak Park, Palleta Park, Spencer Smith, Beachway Park or LaSalle Park.

This fear of parking problems is very much a red herring, just as is an increase in vandalism etc.  Most of that takes place in less developed areas where there is more chance of privacy and less chance of being caught.  As these Windows become developed and better cared for, they will attract more local residents, be used more often and thus be less inviting to young folk these residents claim to fear.

I was also  pleased to hear Rob Peachey mention use of money left over after developing these new Windows to improve the existing Windows to the east.  Putting all of the money from the sale of the Water Street lands back into public waterfront access through Windows creation and improvements is something that Burlington Waterfront very much supports.

 I invite my colleagues to respond to you as well with their own thoughts on this initiative and applaud your designs that include use of trees along the sides of the Windows. 

Yours sincerely,


Gary Scobie

Co-Chair, Burlington Waterfront      


Burlington Waterfront supports the completion of all possible Windows-to-the-Lake east of Spencer Smith Park.  This includes Green Street although this site was not specifically encompassed in Council’s approval.  The manner in which the ‘windows’ will be completed is, of course, up to Council to decide.  Like Council, Burlington Waterfront favours a minimalist approach, allowing the natural beauty of the lakefront to be the primary feature.  In this regard, we have cited Appleby Place as an excellent example of a simple, well maintained and well signed Window-to-the-Lake.

In addition we support use of the proceeds from the Water Street land sale to fund the new windows, refurbish  those that need restoration and make several improvements to Port Nelson Park.  The monies from the disposal of the Water Street property is unallocated capital and does not affect current budgeted park maintenance and development plans.  Staff of the Parks and Recreation Department also recommend this course of action and we expect it to be included in the report that will be brought to Council for vote on June 22, 2015.

 We believe that there is general support on Council for using the Water Street funds to provide the new and refurbished windows east of Spencer Smith.   At this point, any remaining issues should be largely a question of design.  We trust that Council will vote to use the funds received from disposing of part of the public’s waterfront heritage, the Water Street property, to restore another portion of that heritage, the unfinished Windows-to-the-Lake.  For Council to fail now is to submit to one of the worst examples of prolonged and entitled NIMBYism that we have experienced and to weaken its crucial role of enhancing public access to Burlington’s waterfront assets.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name?  Well, for some people quite a bit and perhaps rightly so.  The Burlington Waterfront Committee (BWC) was an official advisory committee of the City of Burlington but it was sunset in 2012 after only two and a half years of operation.  By common definition, a ‘committee’ is a body of persons appointed for a special purpose and receiving its authority from a higher level of organization, such as the City.   So, what is the BWC now that it no longer has a formal connection to City Hall?  Well, it’s still a volunteer group of like-minded, engaged citizens concerned with preserving and expanding the public’s access to Burlington’s waterfront. But it’s no longer ‘official’, no longer a ‘committee’ and, significantly, no longer constrained in its views or practices by any affiliation.   Free to advocate as it deems appropriate, it stands on its own merits as simply “Burlington Waterfront” – no ‘committee’, no problem.