Welcome to the Core Residents Group

The Core Residents are a growing group of Burlington Downtown residents that share a common love for their downtown, city and quality of life.

This is a group of people that have come to believe that the issues of rapid intensification, massive building growth and its associated side effects are affecting the quality of our lives and the way we live and relate to our area.

Many people are saddened by recent decisions by the city to allow massive buildings despite the input from residents and decisions of previous councils to limit growth and building heights. Many are feeling squeezed by builds that will shade their streets, obstruct their views, constrict flexible affordable business and cultural spaces and forever alter the patterns of life downtown.

We know that Burlington is a self sustaining city built on entrepreneurship and commerce but also enjoys the legacy of a strong community culture consisting of mixed backgrounds, ethnicities, incomes and perspectives. We know that many of the issues that are now pressuring the downtown will negatively affect this delicate balance and cultural legacy if we don’t make an effort to change this trend.

We believe the pattern of proposed overbuilding will create a permanent negative legacy.

The Core Residents Group have come together on common ground to to work together, with the city and developers to arrive at building a sensible future amidst intensification fever.

To connect with the group and participate as well as be informed of public meetings — email us at: info@coreresidents.ca

17 Responses

  1. Allan & Marion Stewart
    Allan & Marion Stewart / 10-4-2014 / ·

    We have been increasingly concerned not only about the new high buildings and the indifference of council but the increasing noise generated that spoil our quality of living our homes which have become not places of refuge but places of high stress. We are not against a vibrant downtown but it has become a vibrating downtown from continuous loud music and noisy late night patrons on Restaurant roof tops.
    We have been downtown residents for 20 years. We live at our present Condo because of it’s close proximity to the hospital.

  2. Shannon Gillies
    Shannon Gillies / 10-6-2014 / ·

    I’m curious how you feel that “massive building growth” has affected your quality of life. When my husband and I first moved to downtown Burlington more than 15 years ago, there wasn’t even a real coffee shop. Our quality of life, in terms of how we use our downtown, has improved since a bit of development was added. We now have a better choice of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to walk to. I’m now able to walk to a farmers market on Sunday mornings in the summer. My inlaws, who no longer wanted the work of maintaining a yard and house, decided to return home from out of the country to move to the Strata condos on Maple, which is a beautiful building. They’re thrilled to be living so close to downtown and our home. They can now walk to both. We’re really enjoying being able to walk to shows at the Performing Arts Centre. I honestly can’t think of one single way that any of the handful of newer condo buildings have negatively impacted my quality of life whatsoever.

    I wonder if you can expand on the comment below. What specifically would upset “this delicate balance and cultural legacy”? Different incomes ethnicities and perspectives from the ones already here? How is that a bad thing?

    “We know that Burlington ….enjoys the legacy of a strong community culture consisting of mixed backgrounds, ethnicities, incomes and perspectives. We know that many of the issues that are now pressuring the downtown will negatively affect this delicate balance and cultural legacy.”

  3. Nancy Steadman
    Nancy Steadman / 10-8-2014 / ·

    I wonder why the poor residents on the east side of Locust are left out of your core area definition. Those homeowners, especially betwen Baldwin and Caroline, have the most to lose – they already have “development” edging up to their backyards. please consider redefing your area.

  4. Bill & Judy Robertson
    Bill & Judy Robertson / 10-8-2014 / ·

    We have lived in Burlington since 1987 on Lakeshore Road at Guelph Line. While we are outside the defined “Core Area” the traffic issue is a major concern. Adding in the additional number of residents due to the increased density will make the traffic volume even worse.

    When did the City last update their traffic study to include all of the existing, approved and pending unit count?

    I would like to see this information!
    Bill Robertson

  5. Joan Turbitt
    Joan Turbitt / 10-8-2014 / ·

    I would love to see a group tackle the City to ensure that the Official Plan is enforced. I sat on a committee at City Hall back in the 90’s I think it was and represented then families with small children. It was decided that high rises be restricted to the outer periphery of Burlington. Not the Lakeshore, not downtown etc.
    The reason people love Burlington is its rural and pastoral views. The ability to live affordably and enjoy the beauty of our lake. Affordability allows everyone to enjoy the many cultural events and a more diversified downtown would also be advantageous. For instance if I need a t-shirt or socks or lingerie, or a pair of panty hose where do I go? Affordable accomodations does not slums. That NIMBY attitude is insulting. It means yes, seniors, but also anyone with a single income household no matter what the family composition or if single. There are persons for many of life’s reasons who have a small or fixed income and deserve to live in a regular apt. with an elevator and laundry facilities that costs no more than 30% of whatever their incomeis. Places must be built with a view to the future if all they build are very tiny units 450 to 650 sq. ft. which is really no good for seniors or disabled persons given the equipment they sometimes need, but after the huge demographic of seniors is gone who will want such paltry living spaces? Consider the older bldgs in town with no elevator. For a while seniors lived their in units assisted financially by the Region until it was discovered too many cannot do the stairs as often as life requires it. The reasons go on but I look forward to a group that is onside with all of the citizens that have lived and worked here. I would be interested in future communication.

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  7. Nancy
    Nancy / 10-16-2014 / ·

    I would like to join your group. Thank you.

  8. John and Cindy Durdan
    John and Cindy Durdan / 10-25-2014 / ·

    Our main concern is the inability of council to abide by their own official plan. It is disgusting how the plans for high rise buildings in the core area continue to be amended to satisfy the needs and financial gains of the developer. Council has to stop hiding behind the excuse that “this is what the province wants”. We have no sympathy for a developer who pays top dollar for a parcel of land and continues to bargain with council who seem to eventually give in so the project can turn a profit. Council is elected by the public and the public expect council to abide by the official plan when we go to the ballot box. It’s too bad the public isn’t allowed to elect the OMB officials who too often also disregard the wishes of the public. This project on Martha St. has to greatly amended or stopped altogether.

  9. Richard & Kate Fisher
    Richard & Kate Fisher / 10-25-2014 / ·

    We encourage all the residents in the downtown core to join this group of concerned citizens, who need your help and support to ensure that our city council and mayor stand behind our existing zoning and by-laws. These by-laws and zoning/height restrictions were put in place to serve as an important and well thought out civic plan for the future balanced growth of downtown Burlington. Having personally witnessed how the mayor and the majority of our city council have constantly ignored these by-laws in order to allow greedy developers to do as they want in our city is totally unacceptable.

  10. Corrie Doucett
    Corrie Doucett / 1-11-2015 / ·

    Can I be included on your email list please

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