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Do YOU live in Ward 4?

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My roots are deep in Ward 4.  I was raised here.  I live and work here.

And I love it! Not surprisingly, I’ve always had a burning desire to serve my community.

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Opportunities to Engage

Ward 4 is a remarkable place.  Like all of Burlington and Halton, though, change has been constant.

With change, we must be mindful about protecting and enhancing our quality of life.  That means it’s vitally important for you and me to stay informed, and get involved.

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Planning for Tomorrow

Change must be carefully managed. 

That’s not only true in Ward 4 (especially in terms of preserving the character and charm of our neighbourhoods) – but also well beyond those borders, as part of an inter-connected world.   

Together, the City and Region strive to be fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible in making local decisions.  It’s not easy balancing those interests when spending taxpayer dollars.

The land-use strategy under Burlington’s Official Plan is a valuable part of that process. However, if its rules keep getting bent and broken, the Official Plan could merely become the Official Suggestion.   

City Council’s Strategic Plan must also be a workable guide to identify and support community priorities. A plan filled with nice platitudes and blurry generalizations is not useful.  

It’s about determining now the well-defined and measurable outcomes we want to achieve later. After all, without clear targets in sight, how can you take intentional steps towards hitting them? 

Planning Depends on Vision

To plan better, Burlington needs to sharpen the focus on its longer-term vision

Clarity is what makes Council more decisive and productive.

Our collective visioning efforts should be broad and bold. They also need to include earlier and more constructive dialogues directly between Council and residents on an inclusive basis.

Economic development, intensification, aging population, aging infrastructure, green spaces, waterfront, roads, traffic, transit, health care, education, recreation, culture, and more.

What troubles you? What excites you?  

What’s your vision of future Burlington look like?

Leading the Way

As citizens, we hold the key to unlocking our community’s full potential.

We need to share with local political leaders our visions, ideas and concerns – so we can help shape the path being taken by our Ward, City and Region.

Let’s keep a watchful eye on what's going on, and speak up about where we’re headed.

Burlington is changing.  Now, more than ever, so much depends on you.

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