Preservation of green space needs to be part of the long-term official plan for the City of Burlington. We need a comprehensive green space inventory and acquisition plan so officials can make informed decisions about protecting natural areas and parklands before they are threatened.
Unchecked development threatens green space
Green space provides a multitude of social, economic and environmental benefits contributing to a quality of life we can all enjoy. Hundreds of acres of land are currently under application to build everything from housing communities to 20-story high-rises, commercial properties, and industrial areas.
Proposed development areas include lakeshore views, agricultural land, and untouched natural habitats. The public is often unaware of a planned development until well into the planning process and then has to scramble to get their voice heard.
Did you know about these current Burlington development applications, including the proposed Eagle Heights in Aldershot?
Planning saves time, money, the environment
We need to know what green space exists and who owns it so we can plan to prioritize and protect it. Understanding our natural resources and having a plan for how to use them helps avoid costly legal challenges and rushed campaigns to protect backyards, treasured hiking trails, and the natural areas that make Burlington a top city to call home.
The City of Burlington is currently reviewing and seeking input on its 20-year Official Plan. NOW is the time to ensure we preserve the green space we have left.
Want to know more about the City's Official Plan review? Click here.
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- The impact of green space on heat and air pollution in urban communities (David Suzuki Foundation)
- Ontario Government's Land Use Planning Review page
- Depave Paradise – community efforts to remove old asphalt and restore green space
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