OLT releases decision on Burlington development

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Ontario Construction News staff report

The Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) released its final decision in the appeal for a development in Burlington, approving an official plan amendment and zoning by-law amendment.

In 2020, the tribunal approved a settlement to permit infill development of three multi-unit residential buildings of nine, 12 and 12 storeys at the Appleby Village Plaza at Appleby Line and New Street. The tribunal had withheld its order confirming approval of the settlement until the city provided the Official Plan Amendments (OPA) and Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) in their final forms.

The developer, First Capital (Appleby) Corporation changed the plan to include a retirement home and in September, council approved an amendment to the offer to settle to include ‘retirement home’ as a permitted use. The parties provided the OPA and ZBA in their final form and the Tribunal issued its decision.

The revised plan proposes three mid-rise residential buildings (apartments or retirement homes), at the north-east corner of the Appleby Mall site. Proposed building heights are 9, 12 and 12 storeys.

Planning staff support of the development has been released by Council and posted on the City’s project webpage.

“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.”

The neighbourhood has been waiting since 2014 for information about what is going to be built on the parking lot on the north side of the Fortinos at Appleby Village.

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