Intensification and Development

Whether we like it or not, quick population growth is the reality. Many new development proposal documents have the word “intensification” on their first pages. In all development proposals, we need to take a close look at these aspects:

Infrastructure

In Burlington, many residential areas are initially planned for low and medium density. The parking, road, sidewalk, and sewer system, all have their corresponding capacity. Once a new proposal is submitted, infrastructure capacity must be reviewed. If an infrastructure upgrade is needed. Those extra efforts must be considered as the prerequisite to the development proposal.

(These photos were taken in the morning at the corner of Quinte and Uppermiddle. We can see the traffic issue for vehicles leaving Quinte and entering Corpus Christi. What size of the development do you believe is proper in the Georgina Crt?)

Safety

Safety is not optional. Falling ice from high-rise buildings, traffic lights locations, fire truck route, and ambulance/paramedic access. I believe most proposals meet the safety regulations. However I must say, we have to put the requirements in the context of planned density. We already learned about consequences of paramedic delay in high-rise buildings, and accidents on narrow bike lanes. Should we address the issues first to make new project safer to our residents?

Benefit to the community

Any proposed project must bring value to the community. Ideally, the proposals reflect the communities’ needs and local residents’ interests. A simple question to ask, “Does a planned project improve the quality of life to our community?”

Environmental impacts

No one likes noise, dust, and other types of pollutions. If certain projects have significant environmental impacts, is the environmental study complete, accurate, and valid? Be aware of the regulation defining the minimum requirements. Satisfying the minimum requirements could get a green light to go. The question is what is the role of our city bylaw in maintaining a good quality of life?

 

Development itself is not a question. The question is, what are the proper developments we can make to the city, in terms of the size, location, impacts, and safety to improve quality of life? The city council needs to have a long-term vision of the future in Burlington. Councilors must understand, once the large projects are done, we will have very limited chances to improve our infrastructure. So, infrastructure first.