Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) has released a decision in the appeal for the development at 5111 New St. in Burlington, approving an agreement reached by the city and developer First Capital (Appleby) Corporation.
In 2020, the tribunal approved a settlement to permit infill development of three multi-unit residential buildings of nine, 12 and 12 stories at the Appleby Village Plaza at Appleby Line and New Street. The Tribunal had withheld its order confirming the approval of the settlement while the city and the developer provided the Official Plan Amendments (OPA) and Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) in their final forms.
The original plan has been revised to include a retirement home and Burlington City Council approved an amendment to the offer to settle to include ‘retirement home’ as a permitted use.
“This project is a shining light on what happens when developers work with the community: better development happens,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.
“This development will bring a variety of needed housing units right beside shops and services. It is the future we see for our aging retail plazas in Burlington and one more way to accommodate and welcome our share of new residents as Burlington continues to grow.”
City Planning staff’s review of the development and reason for supporting the development has been released by Council and posted on the project webpage.
“Since 2014, the community has been waiting for information about what is going to be built on the parking lot on the north side of the Fortinos at Appleby Village, today we have the answer, and this settlement brings certainty to residents,” said Coun. Paul Sharman. “Of special importance will be the welcome inclusion of a retirement home, which may provide a “close to home” residence for older members of the neighbourhood who are ready to sell their house.”