On January 14, RAHB representatives attended the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee Meeting where recommendations from the Interim Control By-Law (ICBL) land use study were presented to the Burlington City Council. .

Discussions about the recommendations will continue at a Special Council meeting on January 30 at 9:30 a.m., and a decision will be made on the staff recommendations that same day.

The Interim Control By-Law is still scheduled to be lifted on March 5. It was, not as of yet, extended another year.


The proposed recommendations fall into four categories:

  1. Policy Framework
  2. Functional Policies
  3. Land Use Policies (Urban Planning Areas)
  4. Definitions


Policy Framework

New policy language has been proposed that describes major transit station areas as a component of the City’s Urban Planning Area.


Functional Policies

Additional policy language will be added to:

  • Include pedestrians and cyclists as active transportation
  • Include the term “Major Transit Station Areas” (MTSA)
  • Include the incorporation of transit-supportive development
  • Include the role of transit in the overall urban form
  • Include the importance of more compact forms of development along transit and transportation corridors to support complete communities
  • Include subsections that strengthen the concept of transit-supportive developments in the Official Plan by recognizing the role of MTSA


Land Use Policies – Urban Planning Areas

Mixed Use Corridors – General

Additional policy language has been proposed to establish the role of the Region of Halton’s Municipal Comprehensive Review, which will delineate the major transit station area boundaries and identify minimum density targets.


Mixed Use Corridors – Commercial Corridors

Additional policy language has been proposed to remove reference to time-frame of development and acknowledge the redevelopment of the mixed-use commercial corridors.


Downtown Mixed-Use Centre

Minor policy edits to include a reference to the Regional Official Plan and update the reference to the Urban Growth Centre.


Role and Function of a Major Transit Station Area – Go Stations vs. John Street Bus Terminal

Include language to support transit-supportive development that corresponds to MTSA typology:

  • Burlington and Appleby Go Stations – higher order transit units
  • Aldershot Go Station – higher order, but not priority transit unit
  • John Street Bus Terminal – not higher order or priority transit unit

It is anticipated that the majority of growth within the City’s four MTSAs will occur in the three MTSAs located along higher order transit routes and with planned frequent transit service by way of regional express rail (i.e., the city bus).

These proposed policies will help guide development applications by requiring that the highest density and tallest buildings be concentrated closest to the GO Stations.



The following definitions have been proposed to be updated or added to the Official Plan in order to align with provincial plans and policies, such as A Place to Grow, 2019, and to assist in the interpretation of the proposed Official Plan policies:

  • Active Transportation
  • Compact Built Form
  • Complete Communities
  • Complete Street
  • Frequent Transit
  • Higher Order Transit
  • Major Transit Station Area
  • Major Trip Generator
  • Mid-rise Building
  • Multi-Modal
  • Public Service Facilities
  • Tall Building Transit-Supportive or Transit-Supportive Land Use
  • Urban Design Brief